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The Edinburgh Fringe Halfway Hotlist

Date: 15 Aug 2019

Fringe Fest, Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It's the kind of event you hear about year in, year out, but you can’t truly understand what you're missing out on until bags are packed, your hotel is booked and you're sat experiencing in-person the next big hit in theatre, comedy, dance or circus.

With not only the Fringe Festival but also Edinburgh’s International Festival, Summer Sessions and Book Festival running over summer, the city magnetises many of the biggest names from the creative industry, media and international arts market. If you're someone who dips their foot in the industry, or you just have an appreciation for culture and the arts, you don't want to be missing out.

The great thing is, you can still have an unforgettable Scottish festival experience without booking a ticket months in advance, even if festival season is already halfway gone. We've got some tips for you…



We've selected a few Fringe gems that are still up-and-coming. #makeyourfringe


Ed Byrne (if I’m Honest)

15th - 26th August at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, from £16

An hour-long evening show where observational comic Ed contemplates whether he possesses any traits worthy of being inherited by his children. He's previously appeared on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, and Top Gear – with credits like those, it’s guaranteed he’ll at least make you chuckle.

Fempire: Mess by Kirsten Vangsness

15th, 18th, 21st and 24th at Assembly Rooms - Powder Room, from £10

US actress Kirsten Vangsness of popular show Criminal Minds is starring in her first one-woman show, Mess. What's it about? The non-linearity of time, quantum physics, kittens and church camp. But mostly, how we're all a mess and it's undeniable. If you need more of a reason to go, you can check out the interview on her Edinburgh festival experience here.

Shitfaced Shakespeare: Macbeth

15th - 26th at Underbelly, Bristo Square - McEwan Hall, from £12.50

Magnificent Bastard's Shitfaced Shakespeare productions have a pretty stellar reputation. Having made Fringe appearances for the past eight years, they're unlikely to let the crowds down at this year's Macbeth show. If you're not familiar with the concept - each night amidst a cast of professional classical actors, a different cast member turns up drunk on stage and continues boozing throughout the show. Much to the amusement of the audience. No two shows are quite the same.

War of the Worlds

15th-26th at Pleasance Courtyard - Forth, from £13

A theatre adaption of HG Wells' well-known novel that doesn't just refresh the classic story of terror and invasion, but instead makes a poignant commentary on ethical journalism in a modern world filled with clickbait and fake news. The second half of the show is particularly gripping. It's also just been nominated for Best Circus/Physical Theatre Production in the Broadway World awards.

Atomic Saloon Show

15th-26th at Assembly George Square Gardens - Palais du Variete, from £16

Circus, but sexier. This isn’t your typical performing arts show under a big-top; the Atomic Saloon is an intimate space where you'll get up-close and personal with its inclusive mix of dramatic, sensual, comedic, quirky dancers and entertainers. Expect bright lights, raunchy spectacle and immersive soundtracks, culminating to a slightly crazy, unique experience. Soon to be a permanent feature on the Las Vegas Strip.

Elements of Freestyle

15th-20th and 22nd-25th at Pleasance at EICC – Lennox Theatre, from £14

An adrenaline-fuelled explosion of skateboarding, freestyle basketball, BMX, free running and breakdance, made stand-out through music and theatre by the IDH Dance Collective. An urban art celebration that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

The Grand Finale: Fireworks Concert

26th, Ross Theatre & Princes Street Gardens, from £15.30 (or just watch from the sidelines)

The Fringe Fest concludes with a literal bang against the glorified backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, with sounds from the Scottish Chamber Orchestral and all the fireworks from pyrotechnic specialists, Pryrovison.


If you can’t make it this year, not to worry – there’s always Fringe Fest 2020. But if you’re now prepped to book up a spontaneous last-minute trip, conveniently we still have an Edinburgh festival hotel room for you over at Eden Locke, George St. You can even get 15% off if you book direct and stay before 8th Sept.