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Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Last year, the Fringe saw over 50,000 performances take place throughout Edinburgh. As the world’s largest arts festival, the Fringe offers something to suit almost everyone’s taste – from comedy to dance, theatre to cabaret, children’s shows and much more!
Taking place throughout Edinburgh, the Fringe featured a cool 300 venues in last year’s festival. This allows a barrage of talented performers from all over the world to come and showcase their talents right on in the heart of Scotland’s capital city.
Some of the bigger venues to look out for include the Underbelly, Assembly Rooms and Gilded Balloon; but why not go and see a show in one of the smaller venues dotted across the city too? Who knows, you might just uncover the next big name in music, comedy, drama or any of the other arts that are being championed at this year’s Fringe.
Transport around Edinburgh is seamlessly easy thanks to the award-winning Lothian Bus and Tram services. Alternatively, if you are travelling from outside Edinburgh, you can get the train into Haymarket or Edinburgh Waverley train station or the bus into Edinburgh Bus Station. Most of the Fringe’s 300 venues are either a short walk, bus or taxi journey away from these main transport hubs. This makes the experience of the Fringe more enjoyable as it is so easy to navigate around the city.
The Fringe Box Office is the only place to buy tickets for the Fringe. The easiest way to book is online at www.edfringe.com or via the app. You can also book over the phone on 0131 226 000 or alternatively in person at the box office located on the High Street or at Edinburgh Waverley train station. If you are picking up tickets you’ve bought online, remember to bring the card you paid with or you won’t be able to collect them.
Although this isn’t the case for all shows, one of the top tips for this year’s Fringe is to have a wander down the Royal Mile and speak to people promoting their shows - you might just bag yourself a free ticket!
The Royal Mile is also a great place to go and watch street performers show their stuff. You can see everything from unicycle bunny hops to juggling fire!
Tickets for some shows sell out quickly, so to see bigger acts, such as Daniel Sloss, Stephen K Amos and Limmy, it’s better to get tickets now to avoid disappointment!
The Underground Railroad Game is also looking to be a crowd favourite at this year’s Fringe. It is a contemporary comedy about two teachers discussing the topics of debate in America today and in the past.
Britain’s Got Talent winner Lost Voice Guy also sold out quickly, so to satisfy the demand, he has put on some extra dates. Keep your eyes peeled for tickets!
With thousands of half-price tickets available every day, The Virgin Money Half Price Hut is the place to grab a bargain. They offer tickets for shows that day and in the morning of the following day. Other tickets can be bought for 2 for 1. Just look out for the 2 for 1 symbol when searching for shows.
There are also 1,200 groups performing hundreds of family friendly shows daily, including buskers, street performers, living statues, balloon twisters and face painters.
With so much going on during the Fringe make sure you don’t miss a thing and share your stories and recommendations below.