The Launch of Listen Up Festival, Portland’s Citywide Pop-Up Podcast Event

For Immediate Release
Portland’s first pop-up podcast festival will celebrate the city’s most iconic stories, as told by the nation’s best-known podcasters.

Portland, Ore. (Dec. 18, 2018): On February 14-17, 2019, Listen Up Festival will bring some of the nation’s top podcasts to Portland for a citywide event. The four-day festival, presented by Travel Portland, aims to celebrate the city’s diverse culture through live storytelling. Each podcast recording will cover a unique topic, like true crime, craft beer, cannabis, food and drink, sports, business and culture. The live shows will take place at Revolution Hall, Coopers Hall, breweries, bars, hotels and more.

“Podcasts have quickly become one of the fastest growing mediums,” explains Shauna Noah, Founder of the Listen Up Festival. “More than 40 million Americans listen to podcasts on a weekly basis. They are a convenient and affordable way for people of all backgrounds to be entertained by and educated on the world around us. That’s why we’re excited to bring a podcast festival to this city of explorers and perpetual learners who love celebrating Portland, sharing unique experiences and supporting local businesses. We also hope the podcast recordings from this festival will inspire worldwide listeners to visit Portland and explore the topics and places they hear about.”

Some of the podcasts announced include:

  • Guys We F*ked: Hosted by Krystyna Hutchinson and Corinne Fisher, stand-up comedians,  featured on best crime podcast lists on CNN, Vogue, Buzzfeed, Esquire and more, this is a show that focuses on an uncensored conversation about sex, love and relationships.

  • Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Hosted by Jesse Thorn, NPR's Sound of Young America host and podcast empire creator, this is a show that focuses on what’s good.

  • The Sporkful: Hosted by Dan Pashman, a James Beard Award Nominee and 2019 iHeart Radio Podcast Award Nominee.

  • Doughboys: Hosted by Nick Wiger and Mike Mitchell, this is a show that focuses on chain restaurants and will feature a local restaurant chain.

  • Yo, Is This Racist?: Hosted by Andrew Ti and Tawny Newsome, this is a show that focuses on addressing listener-supplied questions and whether given phenomena are examples of racism.

Other podcasts announced include: Side Hustle School, Smart Mouth, White Wine and True Crime, She’s Crafty, Spirits, Alright Mary, Food 4 Thot, The Hash, Potterless and HORSE.

Tickets are now available via

  • VIP Wristband $199: Admission to all shows, T-shirt, poster, VIP bag and exclusive experiences

  • 10-Show Pack $149: Pick of any 10 shows with T-shirt and poster (BEST VALUE)

  • 6-Show Pack $99: Pick of any 6 shows

  • Individual Shows: $10-$25, depending on location of show

For a full list of shows and to get your tickets, visit





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