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Fringe by the Sea 2021, Scotland
August 6 - August 15
Forget the Edinburgh Fringe and Edinburgh International Festival, Fringe by the Sea returns to the East Lothian town of North Berwick in August for ten days of music, literature, film, comedy, film and conversation.
Fringe By The Sea Line Up
Scottish music legend Lulu is amongst the headline acts announced for this year’s Fringe by the Sea which will be held from 6 to 15 August 2021. The star of classics such as Shout will perform on Saturday 7 August, while London singer Mica Parris will headline the following day. Other musicians performing at the 2021 Fringe include Lemm Sissay and Conor Fife, while Basement Jazz will perform a DJ set on 6 August.
Fringe by the Sea is not just about music. Comedians Reginald D Hunter (12 August) and Janey Godley (6 August) will also bring their distinctive brand of mirth to this year’s festival. Alternatvely, you could go on a walking tour around the town.
The full list of performances can be found here.
History of the Fringe
North Berwick has been a fashionable holidays spot for nigh on two centuries with two glorious beaches and public golf courses as well as a climate that excels that of Edinburgh (which is a mere 25 miles northwards) it is hardly a surprise that it continues to be so.
In 2008, a small group of local business folk decided to launch a festival to provide a selection of shows from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as music acts. It had 12 shows running over four days. Eleven years on the Fringe by the Sea 2018 festival now has 10 days of music, comedy, books and children’s shows, and is now considered a highlight of the calendar of residents of East Lothian, as well as attracting visitors from around the UK.
This festival is proof that from little acorns large oaks grow. It is no longer in the shadow of the Edinburgh Fringe, with an impressive stand alone programme that is both thoughtful and, at times, surprising. Just don’t forget to bring your bucket and spade.
Fringe by the Sea 2021 Tickets
Tickets can be bought in advance online or at a festival booth (a month in advance), or at the event. However, organisers advice that you buy tickets online in advance as events often sell out. Click here to buy tickets.
Fringe by the Sea 2021 Programme
The full line-up for the festival can be found here.
Fringe by the Sea 2021 Dates
The 2021 Festival is from 6 to 15 August.
For more information on the festival
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