Capercaillie, Lau and Eddi Reader set for Fringe by the Sea 2011

North Berwick festival offers alternative to August in Edinburgh

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Capercaillie, Lau and Eddi Reader set for Fringe by the Sea 2011

Eddi Reader

What is there to dislike about Fringe by the Sea? For those in the capital mid-August sick and tired of being jostled by flyer-folk, it’s a wonderful opportunity to seek a retreat and still get a shot of culture. For residents in the North Berwick area, you can taste the spirit of the Fringe without having to pay a mini-fortune to get back home at night.

Originally an idea from Eric Wales, a skiffle-band member who thought it would be a laugh to entice Edinburghers away from the festival over to North Berwick for a ‘seaside skiffle’ (price included a smoked sausage supper and ice-cream), this brainwave morphed into a fully-fledged Fringe event of its own in 2008. As well as comedy, music and literary events, expect plenty of fun for the kids and a guided walk in sight of the mighty Bass Rock.

Line-up: Capercaillie, The Poozies, Lau, Eddi Reader, Maggie O’Farrell

Plus: An oasis-like escape from the Edinburgh madness
Minus: Brrrrrrrr

Various venues, North Berwick, Mon 8-Sun 14 Aug.

Fringe by the Sea

With a spot of sea air and an entertaining line-up of music, comedy, theatre, film, author and children’s events, North Berwick's multi-arts festival offers a respite from the madness of Edinburgh in festival season.

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