Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Aug. 2020

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest festival showcasing an extraordinary collection of cultural and artistic performances every year in August. Experience Scotland’s capital come alive with vibrant colours, shows and events to suit everyone. The only event that sells more tickets globally is the Olympics!

Sprawling, diverse and just a little bit crazy from its humble beginnings in 1947, when a handful of companies that hadn’t been invited to appear in the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival decided to turn up and perform anyway, the Fringe has grown into the largest arts festival in the world. It has spawned copycat events everywhere from Dublin to New York, but nowhere has quite captured the heady exuberance and sheer diversity of the Scottish capital in August.

The Fringe takes place all over the city. Shows play not only in established year-round venues such as the Traverse Theatre, Cabaret Voltaire and The Stand comedy club, but also in ad-hoc spaces in rooms above pubs, public parks and even moving vehicles. Some venues, such as the Assembly Rooms, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly, are big enough to constitute a festival in their own right, although the smaller, unexpected places often host gems to be discovered. In addition to the weighty guide produced by the Fringe, detailing in excess of 30,000 performances of more than 2000 shows, many venues publish their own brochures. Others have established sub-festivals which also appear under the Fringe umbrella, such as The Edge, which brings together up-and-coming bands with major names, and the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, which promotes comedians appearing at the city’s larger venues.

Stand up comedy has become synonymous with the festival over the years and its no surprise after huge names like; Rowan Atkinson, frank skinner, Jo Brand, Billy Connolly, Ben Elton, Eddie Izzard, Stephen Fry, Tim Minchin, John Bishop, have all had their notable original shows start at the fringe and many of them returning countless times. This year has more comedy than ever with big hitters such as homegrown talent Daniel Sloss, Jimeoin and David O’Docherty who have all had more global success over the last year or so. However, the fun of the fring is finding the hidden gems in the smaller venues or even the streets, whether that is comedy, bands, shows or magic this is still the best tactics for exploring the festival.

During the weeks of the festival the capital is bursting at the seams, so even if you are lucky enough to find accommodation then you would be most likely paying through the nose for it. The solution we have for you is to stay with us! The Embassy Apartments are only 10 minutes from Glasgow’s two main train stations and it only takes around 1 hour to travel to the heart of Edinburgh. With our promotion code “FESTIVAL” you will get 10% off any bookings staying between 7-31st August if booked before the 1st of July. To make use of this fantastic deal and also get the best rates guaranteed then be sure to book with us direct.

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