Celebrating ten years of the coolest festival
With tickets having gone on sale on the 24th of June, many of the headline gigs are well on their way to being sold out! As expected, KT Tunstall and Steve Harley have been the ‘hot’ tickets, but comedy also appears to be hugely popular as are Chris Barber, Eric Bibb, Elaine C Smith, the Tribute Night, Bombskare and Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham.
As usual, North Berwick is showing a real thirst for quality acts, and this year’s festival appears to have struck just the right note in providing a great spread across all musical genres and other forms of entertainment – from authors to theatre to film.
The Mini International Film Festival has a lot to offer and tickets are selling briskly, especially for Tommy’s Honour which features beautiful East Lothian scenery!
It looks like the decision to use more venues around the town will turn out to be a good move, meaning the likes of The Honeycutters (country-Americana from North Carolina), Tommy Smith and Brian Kellock, Quattro MacJazz, The Police Choir and Philip Contini’s Be Happy Band will be performing in some interesting and surprising places.
Michaela Strachan appearing at the Abbey Church is a real coup and it is hoped for a large audience to hear her. Denise Mina, Ajay Close and Malachy Tallack make it a ‘Bookish Tuesday’, while Tranent’s finest, George McNeill, will be well worth the ticket price on Wednesday as he is superbly entertaining.
A number of visitors and locals alike were disappointed last year, by thinking tickets were sold out for events that did still have availability. The organisers are encouraging people to check both the website and the Ticket Hut in North Berwick, as both have allocations. So, being sold out in one place doesn’t mean they are sold out completely! Make sure you keep reviewing the Fringe by the Sea website and Facebook to keep in touch with this great festival.
FRINGE BY THE SEA 2017
7-13 August | for further information visit www.fringebythesea.com