Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Top 10 Free Shows
Once again it’s time for the biggest arts festival in the world to take centre stage in Scotland’s beautiful capital, and for three weeks this August the Edinburgh Fringe Festival will showcase an eclectic mix of talent from across the performing arts board. A mix of some of the best loved names in music, theatre and comedy will look to cement their places in the annals of the Fringe’s history alongside a cast of un-known talent eager to make a big impression. Here, we run through a list of the top ten free acts to see at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Nimming Ned Poke Fun with Folk Punk
A quirky two piece folk outfit comprising of Chris and Tobe, bring their curiously entertaining musical style to Edinburgh Fringe this year. The duos high energy take on folk punk, played with acoustic guitars and fretless bases will be sure to entertain and amuse.
Where: Laughing Horse and The Pear Tree
When: August 13th
Lunchtime Concert by South West Camerata Concertante Ensemble
Classical music plays a big part at Edinburgh Fringe this year and the South West Camerata group will be bringing their beautiful arrangements to life with a series of free shows. Their lunchtime concert will feature pieces from Schubert’s two-cello quintet as well as an array of classical chamber music performed by young musicians from Devon and Cornwall.
Where: St Giles’ Cathedral
When: August 17th
West End Fair
This outdoor art and craft fair has over 80 exhibitors every day and offers visitors the chance to purchase an array of excellent contemporary work directly from the artists and designers themselves. As well as art, jewellery, fashion, furniture and photography will all be available, making the West End Fair one of Edinburgh Fringe’s liveliest daytime venues.
Where: St Johns Church
When: August 7-29th
Six of the Best
Six of the Best is a unique collaborative digital art exhibition featuring six highly accomplished designers; Neil Davies, Mike Giblin, Maryna Halton, Nick Harris, Olly Howe, and Kate Knight will each display nine pieces of original artwork, showcasing their love for contemporary design and ability to merge together a blend of images taken from a range of books, prints and magazines.
Where: Digital Design Services
When: August 9th-27th
Surreal psychological illusionist Ian Souch brings his mind bending show to Edinburgh Fringe this year. Aided by Psychiatric nurse, Nikki Campbell, Ian Souch will perform bizarre psychological tricks and experiments on members of the audience as well some unbelievable tricks and magic of the mind.
Where: Laughing Horse at the Newsroom
When: August 5th-23rd
Rogues Handbook: Bumper Book of Horror
A bizarre and comical improvised sketch show bordering on the strange and supernatural, the Rogues Handbook returns to Edinburgh Fringe this year to tackle dead policemen, serial killers, disabled poltergeists and movie monsters. Belly laughs and gore aplenty from the group comprised of Paul Gannon, Graeme Casey, Eli Silverman and Adam Lannon.
Where: Laughing Horse at the Counting House
When: August 7th-22nd
Metropolitan Cathedral Late Night Voices
A relaxing late night show from the beautiful voices of Emma Turnball, Jessica Leary, Bartek Matuszak and Simon Nieminski, whose talents entwine together stunning arrangements on the piano, organ and harp, including Schumann’s ‘Dichterliebe.’ The beautiful Catriona Price and Esther Swift aka Twelfth Day also perform their elegant blend of traditional Scottish folk music and contemporary jazz.
Where: St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral
When: August 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th
In a show ideal for children, cartoonist, poet and stand-up comic Phil Sheppard brings an entertaining one man show to Edinburgh Fringe, packed with humorous stories and wonderful cartoons. A wacky mix of sheep, chickens, dinosaurs, dragons, princesses and superheroes are thrown together in a melting pot of cartoon drawings, jokes and impressions.
Where: Laughing Horse at the City Café
When: August 14th-22nd
Set to Stun
A comedy rock opera, Set to Stun brings a massive stadium rock feel to a tiny stage at Edinburgh Fringe, delivered by comedy/mash-up duo ‘Ray Guns Look Real Enough.’ In just one hour of unrelenting energy, the high octane duo manages to fuse together over 70 classic rock songs to an audience with just a single guitar and a tambourine.
Where: Laughing Horse at the Three Sisters
When: August 5th-29th
Maxina Todd NVQ
A modern take on the hit musical Sweeney Todd, this updated musical comedy merges together a fresh set of characters and is set in a Fleet Street beauty parlour. Strictly for adults only, this tale depicts Maxina’s lust for revenge and blood and as the demand for puffy pies start to increase, so do the number of people reported missing.
Where: Laughing Horse at the Counting House
When: August 5th-18th
Edinburgh accommodation and info
So now you’ve seen our run down of the top free shows at this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival, you will no doubt be eager to book some accommodation around Scotland’s capital. In the centre of Edinburgh we recommend the Hilton Caledonian in the cities Haymarket neighbourhood for its luxury and location plus the Frederick House Hotel for its great value and well preserved Georgian features. We also highly recommend the Witchery by the Castle set on The Royal Mile for its unbeatable atmospheric location and décor.
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