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Recommendations for Edinburgh Festivals

amp24amp24 Member
edited August 2016 in Scotland's cities and towns

We'll be in Edinburgh August 20-22.  Any recommendations on what not to miss during the festivals?  (Music, Fringe, etc)


  • VisitScotlandNikkiVisitScotlandNikki Member, VisitScotland Staff
    Hi @amp24. Why not start with a look at our Edinburgh Festivals Survival Guide - check our the great for section, which has some ideas based on your interests, or take a look at some of the unusual venues for quirky suggestions? There's so much to choose from, but you're guaranteed to have a great weekend!

    What would everybody else recommend?
  • Some good suggestions on the 'Edinburgh Fringe Recommendations?' thread for shows!

    Other than shows there are some great places to go have a drink and soak up the atmosphere. The BBC have an area set up at George Heriot's School (an amazing building in its own right and JK Rowling's inspiration for Hogwarts!) with free shows, the Pleasance is great, George Sq, At Andrew's Sq and the Underbelly too!

    You'll have an amazing time, guarateed :smile:
  • Edinburgh's streets simply buzz with a plethora of the weird and the wonderful at The Fringe every August.  But if it all gets a bit too exhausting, an oasis of calm can be found amidst the city's wonderful art collections. Whether it's a rare painting held in a permanent collection you've always wanted to see, or a visiting exhibition you've stumbled across whilst in town, there'll be something to capture the imagination - and a few moments far from the madding crowds. Don't miss out on the Portrait Gallery on Queen Street - the entrance hallway alone, is a sight to behold!  :)
  • VisitScotlandAlisonVisitScotlandAlison Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    We thoroughly enjoyed Austentatious at the Udderbelly, George Square, even my sceptical husband said it was his favourite out of the 4 shows we saw.  (Really funny and you don't have to be a Jane Austen fan.)  Also,  we fell upon Mervyn Stutter's Pick of the Fringe which is a "taster" selection of several shows and is different every day.  I would do this every day just to see some great stuff and decide which full show to go to.  We would have gone to see Marcel Lucont's Whine List on the strength of his short excerpt but we had a train to catch. Next year!
  • ChelseaChelsea Member ✭✭
    With Scotland's 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in the planning, one that caught my eye recently was an Edinburgh International Festival show at the Playhouse called GRIT which will be an epic reimagining of the visionary GRIT, the final album by pioneering Scottish piper, fiddler and studio mixer Martyn Bennett, bringing together an 80-piece orchestra, plus folk and jazz instrumentalists and singers, many deeply associated with Bennett himself.  Think tickets are sparse but a nice one in terms of musical heritage and a fascinating story behind it too.   'Blackbird' from Martyn Bennett's album was also used as part of Danny Macaskill's The RIDGE video! Epic!

  • PollyPolly Member
    If you are interested in seeing some stand up comedy then I'd highly recommend Damian Clark.  Been to see him for the last three years on the trot with both friends and family   and he always makes us laugh with his quirky stories, genius quips and cat chat. 
  • KarineKarine Member
    Shake at the Lyceum is great. Play in French with English subtitles, based on Shakespeare the 12th night.
  • JenniEdinburghJenniEdinburgh Member ✭✭
    I went to see Irish stand up comedian Jason Byrne last week - he was brilliant, soo funny! 

  • SusanRSusanR Member
    Your trip is perfect timing as the Edinburgh International Book Festival started last weekend - it's in Charlotte Square Gardens and a great place to visit to pick up tickets for an author event or browse the bookshops on site.  They also run Unbound each night at 9 pm - free event in their Spiegeltent, with a different line up each night which can include live music, poetry and some fantastic guests.
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