Running for 70 years the Fringe has become the biggest arts event of the year and now features shows from all over the world. However with so many performances spread across over 500 venues it is hard to know what is worth going to see. Let’s see what’s on offer…
Museum After Hours at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Museum After Hours at National Museum of Scotland
Forth on the Fringe – The Edinburgh Playhouse (4-5 of August) £23.90

Forth on the Fringe has collected the essential acts of the Fringe for those who have limited time. This year Milton Jones, Ed Byrne and Reginald D Hunter are joined by the Soweto Gospel Choir as well as music, cabaret and dance from across the festival. 

Laughing Horse Free Pick of the Fringe – Laughing Horse @ The Three Sisters (4-27 August) Free 

With a different line up every night the Laughing Horse is the best way to experience Fringe comedy on a budget. Hosting a sell-out show since 2004 the Laughing Horse is sure to be a great night for the small cost of a pint.

Museum After Hours – National Museum of Scotland (11, 18 and 25 August) £18

Experience the National Museum of Scotland after hours as well as a variety of Fringe performances. Handpicked acts will perform alongside pop up bars and the museum’s Bonnie Prince Charlie Exhibit.  


Narcos – DEA Agents Murphy and Pena at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Pedro Pascal and Boyd Holbrook played the roles of DEA agents Javier Peña and Steve Murphy in Narcos
Narcos – DEA Agents Murphy and Pena – New Town Theatre (4-7 August) £21

Head over to George Street to hear the true crime thriller that inspired the hit Netflix show Narcos. Discover how the ‘King of Cocaine’, Pablo Escobar, was finally caught from the men that caused his downfall. 

Courtney Act: The Girl From Oz – Underbelly Circus Hub (13, 15, 17-20, 22-26 August) £15

The Australian Drag Queen who starred on RuPaul’s Drag Race is now taking her audience over the rainbow in her new show. This hour long show features hits from several decades and transcends the usual glamour queen prettiness. 


Alex Smith – Real Man at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Alex Smith – Real Man at Whistle Binkies Live Music Bar
Bumper Blyton Improvised Adventure – The Counting House (3-27August) Free

Bringing together comedians from across the Fringe, this “delightfully silly” (Three Weeks) show uses audience suggestions to create a new story every performance all set in the world of Enid Blyton’s famous children’s books. 

Alex Smith – Real Man – WhistleBinkies Live Music Bar (5-27 August) Free

Returning for a third year Alex Smith asks what it is that makes a real man. Smith has broken the law, taken part in the rights of passage of various UK tribes and even undergone a colonic all so he could discover what it means to be something he has been told he isn’t. 


The Gin Whore Tour at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
The Gin Whore Tour at Paradise in Augustines
A Drinking Game – The Golf Tavern (3-12, 14-20 August) Free

Visit the Golf Tavern to see your favourite cult movies read aloud and turned into an interactive drinking game. Featured shows include Back to the Future, the Princess Bride and Goonies with every movie having it’s own buzzwords and phrases. 

The Gin Whore Tour – Paradise in Augustines (21-27 August)

There probably isn’t a more ironic venue for this one woman show than Augustine United Church. Enjoy tasting four gins while learning about the history of the spirit and the harlots who drank it in these hallowed surroundings. 

The Fungasm Gameshow – Paradise Palms (3,4, 7-11, 14-18, 21-25 August) £5

Head down to the Paradise Palms for a chance of being a contestant in this comedy game show inspired by classic TV game shows. This quiz offers you the opportunity to be part of a games show straight out of the 90’s featuring nonsensical scouring, a mystery guest and cash prizes.  


Tago: Korean Drum II at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Tago: Korean Drum II at Assembly Rooms
Tago: Korean Drum II – Assembly Rooms (3–20, 22–27 August) £12.50

After receiving standing ovations at every performance last year group Tago return for a second year as part of the Korean Season. The group mix traditional instruments with martial arts for an exhilarating show. The Korean performers create excitement and comedy without saying a word. 

Paris De Nuit – George Square Gardens (3-8, 10-13, 15-20, 22-27 August) £16

Recirquel Company Budapest resurrect 1930’s Paris through dance, music and circus acrobatics. Enjoy a night of lust, love and secrets inspired by the work of Hungarian photographer Brassaï. Artists perform above a collection of small tables to smoky live jazz creating an intimate performance that promises to be unforgettable.

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