In two weeks time, the city will come alive as thousands of performers and spectators flock to the streets of Edinburgh for the Annual Festival Fringe.
There are so many shows to see that planning your entertainment schedule can feel quite overwhelming for newcomers and we wouldn’t want you to miss some real gems.
So we asked our Houst Edinburgh Team for some insider suggestions of what they will be watching and doing this year:
Ione recommends the stage adaptation of Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh’s Edinburgh based classic which is staged in a unique tunnel beneath Edinburgh’s streets: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/trainspotting-live
Gary loves Luisa Omielan’s sassy style and will be sure to catch her one-woman stand up show, Politics for Bitches as seen on BBC One and Live at the Apollo: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/luisa-omielan-politics-for-bitches
Imogene and Helen love The Sunday Night Laugh In at The Stand Comedy club, it’s open mic night all year round on a Sunday and in the run up to the festival you can see some big names testing out their acts before their higher priced solo gigs: https://www.thestand.co.uk/whats-on/Edinburgh
Steffan and Nick recommend hanging out at George Square Gardens, It really is the hub of the fringe. Steffan especially loves the halloumi fries stall, the slushy pina colada stall and the famous doughnut stand and says you must stay for the late night Massaoke mass karaoke sessions: https://www.massaoke.com/events/2018/8/2/massaoke-mixtape-edinburgh-fringe
Katie says you should go see Baby wants Candy - an Improvised musical at the George Square, Assembly. Every show is different and you're guaranteed a great laugh: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/baby-wants-candy-the-completely-improvised-full-band-musical
Our newbie, Amber fancies a bit of Hans’s feather-tastic Austrian cabaret which should prove to be some good foot-stomping fun: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/hans-like-a-german
Although Scott thinks we should all be playing golf instead, he will be trying to catch some poetry action as the Loud Poets stage their fifth Fringe spectacular: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/loud-poets-the-fantastical-game-show-spectacular
Max’s suggestion for a show to see during the Fringe is the alarmingly named Death is the New Porn, a gritty vigilante-themed drama set in Edinburgh, by excellent local theatre company Blazing Hyenas. This is the plays debut performance, and judging by some of the accolades the young company (and its members) have already picked up, he really thinks it might turn out to be something quite special: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/death-is-the-new-porn
The whole Houst team recommends watching the end of Festival fireworks from Calton Hill or if you are not a fan of crowds, you can get a really lovely view from Inverleith Gardens in Stockbridge instead.