Europe’s Coachella? Not quite.
We were kind of bummed when we found out this wasn’t a festival celebrating tassles, until we learned that it’s even cooler: Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival. Months before performers from around the world take the stage in August, the city begins hyping everybody up for this truly spectacular event. Programs are available in businesses of all stripes (and posters riddle walls and bulletin boards). If you want to get in on the fun, you should think months ahead, too—hostel beds fill up and prices are much higher than the rest of the year.
Edfringe, thankfully, is no cousin to Coachella when it comes to pricing.
How did the festival get so bloody huge, you ask? By not turning anyone away. The original Festival Fringe was formed by several performers who were rejected from the Edinburgh International Festival and simply performed on its fringes—true to that spirit of inclusion, all are welcome to sing, dance, act, or bagpipe their hearts out. Yes, this does mean that not every act is West End-quality, but there are quite a few diamonds in the rough.
Edfringe, thankfully, is no cousin to Coachella when it comes to pricing. Tickets for shows are bought individually starting as early as February. Some shows are free, and half-price tickets can be bought on The Mound day-of. Edinburgh may not be the most tropical location to spend the hottest of your summer months, but being part of a massive, messy, mishmashy celebration of art ain’t half bad.
Mia is packing up her set of all seven Harry Potter books and the collected James Joyce before heading off to the U.K., and then getting realistic and replacing them with a flashlight and extra underwear. She plans to find out exactly how much beer is in a pint while gallivanting around Ireland and aspires to show her parents that she is putting her (forthcoming) English degree to use by communing with Shakespeare’s homeland. When she’s not making plans to get the royal family to adopt her, she enjoys drinking coffee and talking about the severity of her coffee addiction.