Every August, Edinburgh comes alive with art, music, theatre, comedy, cabaret, dance and pipes – along with a palpable hum and buzz – as thousands of performers descend on the city for the famous Edinburgh Fringe. It’s a unique opportunity to see both new and veteran acts, while enjoying a friendly carnival atmosphere, in what is the world’s biggest arts festival.
Whether your leaning is electro or operetta, you won’t be disappointed at Edinburgh International Festival, which runs alongside Fringe filling venues with sounds for literally every music taste.
Edinburgh International Festival is host to some of the most talented – and varied – musical acts from around the world. We’re talking African drums, gospel chorus and eastern chant, as well as popular grassroots artists and promising new talent.
Opera and orchestra lovers can be sure to get their fix, with a range of classical music concerts throughout Edinburgh Fringe. Headquartered at Usher Hall, performances might include the Scottish Chamber Orchestra or Scottish Opera, plus a string of touring companies.
Musical theatre features every year at Fringe, with Edinburgh Playhouse, Traverse Theatre and Festival Theatre just three likely places to catch a world-class, feel-good musical. Cabaret is another Fringe favourite, with acts like Lady Rizo always selling out.
While music and theatre are a big part of Fringe, this is a festival with comedy at its heart. Edinburgh’s original and best comedy club, The Stand, is just one of many venues to pack in the laughs.
New acts, new material
Edinburgh Fringe is a well-trodden launch pad for brave new comedic talent, so it’s a great place to find fresh, funny faces before they make it big. It’s also a stage for more established comedians, as they rehearse new material for their larger stadium tours.
Children can expect a giggle as Fringe has plenty of kid-friendly shows, as well as magicians, circus acts and stunt performers all working the city’s streets. Royal Mile is a good place to watch the buskers do their thing.
Here come the girls
Like many comedy circuits, Edinburgh Fringe is seeing more and more female acts storm the stand-up stage, bringing with them an exciting new angle of observation, wit and filth! Sara Pascoe, Katherine Ryan, Amy Schumer and Josie Long have all amused audiences at Fringe.
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