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Fun at the Fringe!
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Member Name: Salstar
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Advantages: Loads of shows, great atmosphere, cheaper preview performances
Disadvantages: Can be a bit pricey in the hotels at this time of year and some shows are pretty expensive
We have just spent the weekend visiting friends in Edinburgh and the weekend coincided with the 'preview' week of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The atmosphere in Edinburgh was fantastic and party-like with loads of performers parading the streets and plugging their upcoming shows. The Royal Mile was packed everyday with stalls and performing arts groups on their costumes handing out fliers for their productions. There was so much to see and do, all detailed in the huge thick programme that you can get from any of the box offices around the city.
The preview week is really good if you want to save a bit of cash - there are loads of gigs (comedy/plays etc) that are on a 'buy one get one free' deal as technically they are still tweeking things ready for the official start of the festival. We managed to see a comedian at a reduced rate on this basis and he was still really great- but did have to refer to some flashcards to help him remember his routine as he was still practising!
Amazingly we also managed to get some tickets for Ed Byrne - the Irish comedian. He had a show going on at the Assembley Rooms on the Mound and his show was fantastic! We did not think we would be able to see any shows with the festival not having officially started but passed a box office stand and enquired, and there were 12 tickets left for the performance that night!
I would recommend the Edinburh Fringe to everyone, and if you want to get your hotel a bit cheaper and pay less for some performances and shows, go up there the week before and see what you can find!!
Summary: Edinburgh Fringe is great fun and worth seeing, and you can pay less for some shows!
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