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Edinburgh Festival Fringe…it’s nearly here!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe…it’s nearly here!

With just weeks to go until the start of 2019’s Edinburgh Fringe on August 2nd, now is the perfect time to plan what you’ll see and when you’ll see it!

If you're strapped for cash then it’s worth taking a trip to the capital in the first week of the festival, as that’s when performers often offer preview discounts, meaning that many shows are half price.

Here’s our pick of all there is to look forward to in Scotland’s capital this August…

You’re having a laugh

If you’re looking for a laugh, then take your pick from the huge mix of comedy on offer at this year’s Fringe. Choose from character comedy with Courtney Pauroso at Underbelly (August 1-12, August 14-25), to the plain silly with Phil’s Wang’s show Philly Philly Wang Wang, at Pleasance Courtyard (July 31-11 August, 13-25 August). There are lots of festival favourites making a comeback too, like Phill Jupitus (The Stand), Sandi Toksvig (Pleasance Courtyard) and Paul Merton with his highly acclaimed Impro Chums (Pleasance Courtyard).

For those looking to see and do on a budget, The Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival, is a great way to discover the world’s largest and most diverse arts festival. Choose from hundreds of funnies like Benji Waterstones, described as ‘perfect and hilarious’ by Buzzfeed, and ‘one of the funniest ladies on the planet’ Samantha Hannah, with her show about how to find happiness in a year.

When is it? Friday, August 2 – Monday, August 26

Feeling bookish?

Edinburgh International Book Festival kicks off on August 10th, bringing household names including Eddie Izzard, Sue Perkins and Ian Rankin, as well as up and coming writers, to the capital’s Charlotte Square. With over 900 authors, a children’s programme, and an exploration of themes like ‘Power to the People’ and ‘The Fragile Planet’, there really is something for everyone!

Each day starts off with a free talk at 10am to whet your appetite. Soak up the atmosphere in the book fest village and grab your next novel in the bookshop. There are also regular book signings by awesome authors throughout the day. Find out more here.

When is it? Saturday, August 10 – Monday, August 26

For music lovers

If you're into music there there is plenty to choose from at the Fringe this year - whether you're into rock, pop, folk, techno, gospel or classical (as well as many other genres!)...

Summer Sessions in Princes Street Gardens returns to Edinburgh during the Fringe for 12 days of diverse music. This year’s acts include Florence & The Machine, Primal Scream and CHVRCHES.

When is it? Wednesday, August 7 – Sunday, August 18

Musicals to look forward to at the festival include Triplex Adventures and Islander: A New Musical. 

c/o David Monteith-Hodge, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society 

Ceilidh Kids at The Fringe is a free ceilidh for families and their children (3 to 7 year-olds), held at the Counting House. You don’t need to book in advance and it won’t cost you a penny, although donations are welcome!

When is it? August 1st to August 25th at the Counting House, Edinburgh

For those who want to discover the city in a completely different way, why not go on a ‘rhythmic riot' through the capital? Join Silent Adventures for a silent disco flash mob - you'll be dancing through Edinburgh in style - an unforgettable experience! 

Have you booked your accommodation?

Edinburgh's population almost doubles in August - IT'S TRUE! So, however you decide to #MakeYourFringe - remember to book your accommodation in plenty of time!

We still have rooms available in August at Edinburgh Central (at the top of Leith, a 10-minute walk from Edinburgh Waverley train station), as well as campus accommodation (rooms and apartments) at Edinburgh Metro (in the Cowgate, right in the heart of the festival-action) youth hostels. Choose from a variety of rooms, including private en-suites, twin en-suites, double en-suites, triple rooms and shared rooms. Both hostels have access to a self-catering kitchen.