You might have heard us having a little chat with the BBC about our blockchain ticketing and working with Fringe By The Sea at the weekend, so needless to say, we’re pretty happy that we get to work on this great festival.
Returning to North Berwick for an extended run of ten days from 3rd - 12th August, the harbour town will become a hub of activity, with two festival-dedicated spiegeltents - as well as venues throughout the town - hosting music, comedy, family, literature, film, and politics events, plus other seaside shenanigans to suit all ages and tastes, no matter how quirky!
So, in a effort to give you a quick introduction to over 150 events which will take place over ten days, throughout nearly ten venues (!), we’ve put together a few highlights to give you a bit of a flavour of the festival.
There’s obviously loads more going on as well as this, so if the events in our lowdown don’t quite tickle your fancy, click here to see the full, massive, programme.
American hip-hop icons The Sugarhill Gang and the Furious Five join forces for the opening night headline show, performing both groups’ hits including Rappers Delight, Apache, White Lines and The Message.
Mercury Prize winner Badly Drawn Boy - best known for his soundtrack to the film adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel ‘About A Boy’ starring Hugh Grant - brings his indie tales to the harbour on Saturday 4th August.
Plus, 60’s legends The Manfreds - featuring original and former members of Manfred Mann - will rip through their hit singles, top ten artist and BBC Radio 2 presenter Mica Paris performs classics by the first lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald. There’s also plenty of Scottish folk, Celtic fusion, some New Orleans magic, ska, skiffle, jazz and more.
A whole host of renowned UK comedians will be bringing their stand-up to North Berwick; expect the extraordinary Arthur Smith’s feast of comedy, newspaper columnist of the year and BBC Radio 4 star Mark Steel’s hilarious take on life and politics, and critically acclaimed Simon Evans’ handpicked selection of talent from the other Fringe, to name but a few.
Plus, Fringe By The Sea favourites will be returning again this year, including comedian, magician and all round scary man Jerry Sadowitz, and the fast-paced, satirical, Midlothian comic Eric Davidson with his new show ‘Wipe Away Your Brexiteers’.
There’s also plenty of family fun to keep the little - and big - ones entertained. Start them off on the right foot with Major Minor Music Club, who give you gigs you can take the kids to! Proper gigs, for grown-ups who have kids and want to see live music. Or if funky nursery rhymes and pop favourites are more your bag, head to international sell-out, Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall.
There’s also stand up comedy courses for kids, musical cabaret, storytime readings, and circus skills.
Delve deeper into current affairs, and get inspirational advice and insights from authors, journalists, and politicians with a selection of in-conversations, readings and Q&A sessions.
Judy Murray talks about her extraordinary memoir, which gives the inside story on family, tennis and Strictly Come Dancing; former leader of the liberal party David Steel hosts a series of lunchtime conversations with esteemed politicians and broadcasters including Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson; and journalist and author of ‘McMafia’ - now a hit BBC TV series - Misha Glenny discusses his investigations into international crime networks.
Explore local history, scenery and wildlife with guided walks and bike trips, get crafty with workshops, settle in to watch a selection of recent and classic films, and take some time out to relax with some yoga or meditation.
Phew! As we said up top, there’s LOTS going on, so click here for the full programme.