Songstresses Lulu and Eddi Reader, and comedian Ed Byrne are the latest additions to the line-up for multi-arts festival Fringe by the Sea, which is back in North Berwick from 6th to 15th August, with a jam-packed programme.

Over 150 music, comedy, literature, family, well-being and exploration events will be staged around North Berwick, in outdoor or partially covered venues in-line with COVID measures, with the big-name acts such as Basement Jaxx, Janey Godley, Irvine Welsh, Gail Porter and The Blues Band hosted in a new venue in the town’s Lodge Gardens.

Visitors will still find a festival vibe at the harbourside where the North Berwick Trust Harbour Home will feature delicious street food, a programme of free entertainment on The Lighthouse Live Stage as well as a Little Nippers kids zone. The Mactaggart and Mickel Makers Market will offer a showcase of local creatives and artisans.

On the green at the Scottish Seabird Centre, the new SSE Renewables Science Festival will offer up family friendly shows about climate change and the environment. Talks, music and poetry will be held in The Bookshelf at North Berwick Library and the relaunched Marine Hotel will host a series of master-classes.

Other highlights include visual art from new artist-in-residence illustrator Eilidh Muldoon as well as a free outdoor art spectacle, as the striking 10-metre high puppet STORM from Vision Mechanics parades around town on the final day. Part of the Year of Coasts and Waters, STORM is a mythical goddess of the sea who encourages us to consider how to protect our coasts and oceans.

The full programme will be announced in June 2021
6-15 August 2021