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Top Ten Highlights from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011

  • Get ready to marvel at the huge variety of performers taking part in the celebrated Edinburgh Festival Fringe. One of the world’s biggest arts festivals, it is taking place from August 5th-29th. During this fantastic festival, you’ll get the chance to enjoy comedy, theatre, dance, music and more, performed at a huge selection of venues across the city. To help you figure out which shows to check out, we’ve picked 10 highlights from the festival’s jam-packed schedule.


    And if you are planning to head to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to enjoy the shows, don’t forget that we’ve still got plenty of availability at our hostels in Edinburgh.

  • 1. Aaaand now for something completely improvised

    Fancy yourself as something of a comedian? Then head on down this improv comedy show based on suggestions from members of the audience. Expect the unexpected and be prepared to see a completely different show every day. A huge success at the 2010 Fringe, Aaaand now for something completely improvised is one show you should definitely try to check out, and keep in mind that you won’t have to pay a penny for the privilege.

    Location: Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 42-44 Buccleuch Street.
    Tickets: Free.
    Dates: August 4th-28th @ 12.15pm.

  • 2. ACME Stand-Up

    Three of the finalists from 2010’s So You Think You’re Funny - namely Alex Clissold-Jones, Chris Turner and Matt Richardson – are providing the laughs at ACME Stand Up. If you would like to enjoy an hour of rib-tickling jokes, make your way to the Newsroom for this free stand-up show.

    Location: Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 5-11 Leith Street.
    Tickets: Free.
    Dates: August 4th-28th @ 7.45pm.

  • 3. Laughing Horse Free Pick of the Fringe

    There are so many comedy events going on during Fringe, that you might find it hard to choose which acts to check out. Never fear, as there’s a great solution to this particular ‘problem’. To get a taste of the huge variety of comedians set to grace the stage at this year’s festival, check out the Laughing Horse Free Pick of the Fringe. Shows take place three times daily and each one features a different line-up, making it a great way to see a wide selection of different acts for free.

    Location: Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street).
    Tickets: Free.
    Dates: August 4th-28th @ 6pm, 8.30pm and 11pm.

  • 4. Edinburgh’s Free Walking Tours

    Want to learn something about Edinburgh while being thoroughly entertained? Then make your way to The Tron Kirk and join one of the Auld Reekie Tours of the city. These free walking tours are led by a costumed guide and last for an hour and a half. Along the way, you’ll hear plenty of facts about the city as well as some intriguing stories. These tours visit the Royal Mile and take in lots of Edinburgh’s top attractions.

    Location: Tours meet @ The Tron Kirk, Royal Mile.
    Tickets: Free.
    Dates: August 5th-27th @ 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

  • 5. Absolutely Free Live Music

    Music plays a huge part in this festival, with live performances taking places in venues all over the city throughout the Fringe. One of the best ways to hear some fantastic live music for free is to make your way to the wonderfully-named Whistlebinkies, a hugely popular live music bar. From rock and blues to folk and soul, one thing’s for sure, this show really will be music to your ears.

    Location: Whistlebinkies, 4-6 South Bridge.
    Tickets: Free.
    Dates: August 1st-7th, 8th-12th, 14th-25th, 29th and September 1st, 2nd and 4th @ 9pm; August 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th and September 3rd @ 6pm.

  • 6. The Ginge, The Geordie and The Geek

    Performing an all new show at this year’s Fringe, The Ginge, The Geordie and The Geek had an extremely successful run at the 2010 edition of the festival, attracting plenty of positive attention. Check out this show for an hour of hilarious, sketch-based comedy.

    Location: Just the Tonic @ The Caves, enter from The Rowantree Bar under South Bridge.
    Tickets: £7/£9.50/£12 (depending on dates).
    Dates: August 4th-16th, 18th-28th @ 4.45pm.

  • 7. Rock the Ballet

    Coming all the way from New York, Rock the Ballet is a fantastic combination of different styles of dance, including ballet, tap and contemporary. Preformed by the Bad Boys of Dance, it even features some martial arts moves, all set to a top-notch soundtrack.

    Location: Assembly Hall, Mound Place.
    Tickets: £10/£16/£20 (depending on dates).
    Dates: August 4th-7th, 9th-14th, 16th-21st, 23rd-24th @6pm.

  • 8. Disco in a Dungeon

    Described as 'Edinburgh’s biggest club night', Disco in the Dungeon is a veritable party heaven for those of you who want to dance into the wee hours of the morning. Big name DJs provide the tunes, with most of the music coming from the 70s to the 90s. On top of that, you’ll be able to enjoy plenty of live entertainment, from magicians to fire eaters. Definitely a good spot to hit up if you’re looking to party.

    Location: Just the Tonic @ The Caves, enter from The Rowantree Bar under South Bridge.
    Tickets: £5/£8 (depending on dates).
    Dates: August 5th-7th, 11th-14th, 18th-21st and 25th-28th @ midnight.

  • 9. The Improverts

    Brought to you by the Edinburgh University Theatre Company, The Improverts are back appearing at Edinburgh Fringe for another year of improvised comedy games. As these are based on audience suggestions, you can be assured of pretty unique and wacky sketches.

    Location: Bedlam Theatre, 11b Bristo Place.
    Tickets: £6.50/£7.50 (depending on dates).
    Dates: August 5th-27th @ 12.30am.

  • 10. Shakespeare for Breakfast

    If you’re looking for a great way to start your day at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, then check out Shakespeare for Breakfast. Celebrating its 20th year at the festival, this show presents the audience with unique performances of many of the Bard’s most famous works. What’s more, you’ll also be treated to free coffee and croissants.

    Location: C Theatre, Chambers Street.
    Tickets: £6.50/£8.50 (depending on dates).
    Dates: August 3rd-15th and 17th-29th @ 10am.

  • If you’re thinking of heading to Edinburgh to check out the fantastic Fringe Festival, these are just some of the great events you’ll be able to enjoy. To help get make your Fringe Festival dream a reality, keep in mind that we’ve still got plenty of availability at our hostels in Edinburgh.

  • Book hostels in Edinburgh | Edinburgh videos, podcasts and free pocket guide

  • Get ready to marvel at the huge variety of performers taking part in the celebrated Edinburgh Festival Fringe. One of the world’s biggest arts festivals, it is taking place from August 5th-29th. During this fantastic festival, you’ll get the chance to enjoy comedy, theatre, dance, music and more, performed at a huge selection of venues across the city. To help you figure out which shows to check out, we’ve picked 10 highlights from the festival’s jam-packed schedule.


    And if you are planning to head to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to enjoy the shows, don’t forget that we’ve still got plenty of availability at our hostels in Edinburgh.

  • 1. Aaaand now for something completely improvised

    Fancy yourself as something of a comedian? Then head on down this improv comedy show based on suggestions from members of the audience. Expect the unexpected and be prepared to see a completely different show every day. A huge success at the 2010 Fringe, Aaaand now for something completely improvised is one show you should definitely try to check out, and keep in mind that you won’t have to pay a penny for the privilege.

    Location: Laughing Horse @ Meadow Bar, 42-44 Buccleuch Street.
    Tickets: Free.
    Dates: August 4th-28th @ 12.15pm.

  • 2. ACME Stand-Up

    Three of the finalists from 2010’s So You Think You’re Funny - namely Alex Clissold-Jones, Chris Turner and Matt Richardson – are providing the laughs at ACME Stand Up. If you would like to enjoy an hour of rib-tickling jokes, make your way to the Newsroom for this free stand-up show.

    Location: Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom, 5-11 Leith Street.
    Tickets: Free.
    Dates: August 4th-28th @ 7.45pm.

  • 3. Laughing Horse Free Pick of the Fringe

    There are so many comedy events going on during Fringe, that you might find it hard to choose which acts to check out. Never fear, as there’s a great solution to this particular ‘problem’. To get a taste of the huge variety of comedians set to grace the stage at this year’s festival, check out the Laughing Horse Free Pick of the Fringe. Shows take place three times daily and each one features a different line-up, making it a great way to see a wide selection of different acts for free.

    Location: Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 4 India Buildings, Victoria Street (entrances on Cowgate and Victoria Street).
    Tickets: Free.
    Dates: August 4th-28th @ 6pm, 8.30pm and 11pm.

  • 4. Edinburgh’s Free Walking Tours

    Want to learn something about Edinburgh while being thoroughly entertained? Then make your way to The Tron Kirk and join one of the Auld Reekie Tours of the city. These free walking tours are led by a costumed guide and last for an hour and a half. Along the way, you’ll hear plenty of facts about the city as well as some intriguing stories. These tours visit the Royal Mile and take in lots of Edinburgh’s top attractions.

    Location: Tours meet @ The Tron Kirk, Royal Mile.
    Tickets: Free.
    Dates: August 5th-27th @ 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

  • 5. Absolutely Free Live Music

    Music plays a huge part in this festival, with live performances taking places in venues all over the city throughout the Fringe. One of the best ways to hear some fantastic live music for free is to make your way to the wonderfully-named Whistlebinkies, a hugely popular live music bar. From rock and blues to folk and soul, one thing’s for sure, this show really will be music to your ears.

    Location: Whistlebinkies, 4-6 South Bridge.
    Tickets: Free.
    Dates: August 1st-7th, 8th-12th, 14th-25th, 29th and September 1st, 2nd and 4th @ 9pm; August 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th and September 3rd @ 6pm.

  • 6. The Ginge, The Geordie and The Geek

    Performing an all new show at this year’s Fringe, The Ginge, The Geordie and The Geek had an extremely successful run at the 2010 edition of the festival, attracting plenty of positive attention. Check out this show for an hour of hilarious, sketch-based comedy.

    Location: Just the Tonic @ The Caves, enter from The Rowantree Bar under South Bridge.
    Tickets: £7/£9.50/£12 (depending on dates).
    Dates: August 4th-16th, 18th-28th @ 4.45pm.

  • 7. Rock the Ballet

    Coming all the way from New York, Rock the Ballet is a fantastic combination of different styles of dance, including ballet, tap and contemporary. Preformed by the Bad Boys of Dance, it even features some martial arts moves, all set to a top-notch soundtrack.

    Location: Assembly Hall, Mound Place.
    Tickets: £10/£16/£20 (depending on dates).
    Dates: August 4th-7th, 9th-14th, 16th-21st, 23rd-24th @6pm.

  • 8. Disco in a Dungeon

    Described as 'Edinburgh’s biggest club night', Disco in the Dungeon is a veritable party heaven for those of you who want to dance into the wee hours of the morning. Big name DJs provide the tunes, with most of the music coming from the 70s to the 90s. On top of that, you’ll be able to enjoy plenty of live entertainment, from magicians to fire eaters. Definitely a good spot to hit up if you’re looking to party.

    Location: Just the Tonic @ The Caves, enter from The Rowantree Bar under South Bridge.
    Tickets: £5/£8 (depending on dates).
    Dates: August 5th-7th, 11th-14th, 18th-21st and 25th-28th @ midnight.

  • 9. The Improverts

    Brought to you by the Edinburgh University Theatre Company, The Improverts are back appearing at Edinburgh Fringe for another year of improvised comedy games. As these are based on audience suggestions, you can be assured of pretty unique and wacky sketches.

    Location: Bedlam Theatre, 11b Bristo Place.
    Tickets: £6.50/£7.50 (depending on dates).
    Dates: August 5th-27th @ 12.30am.

  • 10. Shakespeare for Breakfast

    If you’re looking for a great way to start your day at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, then check out Shakespeare for Breakfast. Celebrating its 20th year at the festival, this show presents the audience with unique performances of many of the Bard’s most famous works. What’s more, you’ll also be treated to free coffee and croissants.

    Location: C Theatre, Chambers Street.
    Tickets: £6.50/£8.50 (depending on dates).
    Dates: August 3rd-15th and 17th-29th @ 10am.

  • If you’re thinking of heading to Edinburgh to check out the fantastic Fringe Festival, these are just some of the great events you’ll be able to enjoy. To help get make your Fringe Festival dream a reality, keep in mind that we’ve still got plenty of availability at our hostels in Edinburgh.

  • Book hostels in Edinburgh | Edinburgh videos, podcasts and free pocket guide


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