Scotland’s freshest festival is back! Extending to ten days for the first time, the festival will run from Friday 3rd until Sunday 12th August and is jam-packed with music, comedy, literature, film, politics and seaside shenanigans to suit all ages and tastes, no matter how quirky.

The first weekend at this year’s Fringe by the Sea is setting the tone for Scotland’s freshest festival: acts include Judy Murray, Mark Steel, Jerry Sadowitz, Tommy Smith and the Sugarhill Gang, and the Furious Five. 

The new management, revealed in February, aim to build on the festival’s formidable reputation for creative, quirky and consummate programming whilst retaining the belief that ‘small is beautiful’, so expect intimate performances from big names. With more than 100 performances and events, festival goers can expect to look forward to firm favourites and new faces covering music, comedy, literature, children’s events, film and other curiosities.

Director of Fringe By The Sea, Niall Middleton said “Where else will you find Richard Holloway, the Sugarhill Gang, Jerry Sadowitz and Ruth Davidson on the same bill? With just a few months to go until the festival kicks off, the programme is shaping up to surprise and delight in typical Fringe by the Sea fashion. Our opening night will set the tone for the rest of the festival, with something for everyone throughout the ten days.”  

Acid croft outfit Shooglenifty will be performing with their new lead violinist Eilidh Shaw. A fan of North Berwick, Richard Holloway is coming and not only for “the best fish and chips in Scotland”. Irvine Welsh’s favourite singer songwriter Dean Owens will be paying tribute to Johnny Cash. Former leader of the Liberal Party, David Steel will be in lunchtime conversations with well-known faces from the world of politics.  Children can enjoy Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall and Phil Kay’s brilliant children’s show Gimme Your Left Shoe. This is just a taste of the incredible programme of events that festival goers can expect.     

Niall adds “It’s the tenth anniversary of the festival and we’re confident that the performers we’ve got coming will entice people from beyond East Lothian to visit our beautiful little corner of Scotland. We look forward to working with all those who have helped make Fringe by the Sea such a shining beacon in the festival calendar, particularly East Lothian Council, which has been exemplary in its support. 

The hub of the festival will be in the harbour area of the town, with two beautiful spiegeltents, sponsored by Simpson & Marwick. Further events will take place throughout the town, including a specially curated programme from renowned supporters of live music in Scotland, the Soundhouse Organisation. The North Berwick Fry will also host a number of music events, for those who like a little bit extra with their fish suppers!


3-12 August | for further information visit