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

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

Eddi Reader

North Berwick festival offers alternative to August in Edinburgh

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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