Scotland’s capital Edinburgh is a fantastic city, not only does to have an ancient Celtic charm with a dominant castle and traditional streets but Edinburgh also offers it’s guests and residents a charming city that feels far smaller and more relaxed that it actually is and a countryside setting that few cities can rival. If you are looking for a new experience this Summer then I implore you to make the trip to Edinburgh this August for it’s World famous Fringe festival. The Fringe is a comedy and arts festival that takes place across the whole city for the duration of August and here is exactly why you should be going this year.
Now when I say that this festival takes place across the entire city, that is exactly what I mean. There are so many comedy and drama shows taking place daily that there simply aren’t enough theatres and playhouses to host them all, to resolve this issue the festivals finds every and any location that it can to put on shows. These location could well be disused offices, the back room in a bar, the basement of a library or the underbelly of a court room, some of the places that I have visited to see a stand up show have been incredible and on any normal day, utterly unreachable. This festival is truly unlike any other.
The festival attracts many of the World’s leading stand-up comics and performers and their shows cost a similar price to any usual gig of theirs. However, this festival is populated by over 1,000 comedians and performers who are trying to cut their teeth in the industry and they know that the fringe is the best place to do it. If you just want to experience different types of comedy and performance the head to the ticket booth by Waverley station each morning and just see what is on that day, very often you can pic up gig tickets for as little as £6 per person and who knows, you may end up witnessing the next Jack Dee, Billy Connelly or Kevin Bridges.
Streets are Alive
One of the best parts of the festival is the incredible activity that takes place on the streets, naturally the streets are packed with more people than usual which gives the city a super vibrant feel. Tourists and residents aren’t the only ones in the streets however as many street performers put on daily shows for the masses. The performances range from comedy, magic, circus type shows and daredevil acts. These performances are technically free to all but it is worth noting that these guys and girls don’t get paid for their work and when they come around at the end, the right thing to do is throw a bit of money in their hat. Performances like these only help to give the whole city that true festival feeling and ensure that the streets stay busy and raucous throughout the day.