The first event of it's kind up North!

Pods Up North ...

A conference for podcasters of all levels, to learn from and meet the best podcasters in the business.

Pods Up North is brought you to by podcast and audio geeks Ant McGinley, Vic Turnbull & Kate Cocker (that’s them on the right). They packed the 2019 event full of panel discussions, workshops and talks with top speakers from across the audio world, including folk from the BBC, Social Chain, Audio Boom,, Two Shot Pod, A Gay and A Non Gay Podcast and so much more!

Pods Up North Team. Left to right, Ant, Vic and Kate.
Awesome Pods Up North guests

The Speakers (2019) !

We’ve got a stellar line-up of audio industry experts and award-winning podcasts for you.

Controller of BBC Sounds

Managing Director of Social Chain

Content Marketing Expert

Comedian & Podcaster
A taste of the all-important agenda

Conference Schedule (2019) !

Just look at what we packed into the day for you! A detailed agenda was available on that day for all ticket holders.
Friday 22nd November.

MIC’s Podcast Club (official pre-event)

17:00 - 21:00

We’re partnering with MIC to host a special networking event for all Pods Up North delegates and speakers. Come mingle and have a cheeky drink before the main event. They’ll also be a special talk, exclusive to this event!

21:00 - up to you.

The night is yours, go off into our wonderful Manchester and paint the town red, but be careful not to get a sorehead for tomorrow’s main event.


As much as we love to mingle and party with you, we do want you to get the most out of the event, so please get some rest and be refreshed for an awesome day discussing podcasting. Sweet dreams.

Saturday 23rd November.

The Big Day - Morning Session.


Arrive, get settled, grab a coffee and take your coat off. Otherwise you won’t feel the benefit. Relax and get ready for the jam packed fun day covering all things Podcasting.

09:00 - 10:50

Commissioning / Format  / Diversity

Jonathan Wall talks podcasts and how to get commissioned by BBC Sounds, The Naked Podcasters Kat and Jen reveal the importance of format and Alex Adey shares the story of Sound Up, Spotify’s mission to improve diversity in podcasting.

11:15 - 12:30

Personal Brands and Getting Match Fit

How can you build a personal brand through podcasting? Katy Leeson of Social Chain has done it…reluctantly. The North’s biggest sports podcasts then lift the lid of the tactics needed to build a great podcast, including Fight Disciples, Netballers, The Anfield Wrap, Full Time Devils and Sports Social.


Lunch Break

Lunch is on us, so refuel as we’ve got a big afternoon of more podcasting goodness. You can also nip outside for a breather, whether permitting, this is Manchester afterall.

Saturday 23rd November 2019

The Big Day - Afternoon Session.


Skills Skills Skills

Breakout! 90 minutes of skills skills skills. From monetisation and  marketing, to understanding audience numbers and managing guests and even how to set up an audio drama! Fifteen audio industry experts divulge their secrets behind what it takes to get your tribe of listeners engaged and growing. Featuring Audioboom, Content 10x, Rebel Base Media, Alitu, The Adventures of Brian Hovis Podcast and loads more!


Break Time

We think you might need a little break and an afternoon coffee and Eccles cake. Take 20mins to recharge. Stretch your legs a little too and give your brain a few mins to rest.


Awards, Interviews and Going Live

Meet the podcasters with a tale to tell. Find out how to win an award, how to create a great experience for your listeners, how to conduct a great interview and what can happen when you do what all podcasters find scary – just starting it. This session features the awesome Gay and A Non Gay, Matt Deegan from British Podcast Awards, Craig Parkinson from Two Shot Pod and Emma Goswell from Coming Out Stories.


Wrap Party

Our buddies Spotify are throwing us and our mates the Manchester Podcast Festival a party and all delegates and speakers are invited. Venue and more details to be revealed on the day.

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Our amazing supporters

Sponsors & Partners (2019) .

A huge thanks to these guys for their support, backing and generally being the best eggs.
Headline Sponsor
Bronze Partners
Venue Partners
Streaming Partner, Show Stream.

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