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Edinburgh Fringe programme launches

By | Published on Friday 10 June 2011


The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival, in case you needed reminding, launched its 2011 programme yesterday, and with 2542 shows in there, across the cabaret, comedy, theatre, dance, music, musicals and art genres, it’s the biggest yet.

The Fringe is put together by hundreds of independent promoters, producers and venue operators, some of whom present just one show, while others offer whole programmes, strands or mini-festivals all of their own. All the shows of all these promoters appear in the main Fringe programme, which is open to everyone.

The flagship music strand at the Fringe is The Edge, created by T In The Park promoters DF Concerts. Taking over various gig venues around Edinburgh, including the Liquid Room, Cabaret Voltaire and The Picture House, among the acts due to play as part of that programme this year are Charlie Simpson, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Shonen Knife, Kristen Hersh, Luke Haines, Warpaint, Cage The Elephant, Willy Mason and the marvellous Amanda Palmer.

This year, for the first time, organisers of The Edge have allied themselves with the so called ‘big four’ venues of the Edinburgh Fringe, who annually produce a combined printed programme of their own – in addition to the aforementioned all-embracing main Fringe programme – and who refer to their combined comedy line-ups as the Edinburgh Comedy Festival.

Confirming that alliance, which puts The Edge music programme closer to the other art forms taking place at the Fringe each year, especially the comedy, DF Concert’s Dave Corbet told CMU: “We’re delighted to be joining forces with the Edinburgh Comedy Festival this year and are pleased to be in such good company. Music and Comedy have always been great bedfellows and from the feedback we’ve had previously, people attending the festival like to build an evening of entertainment so what better than to catch a comedy show AND attend a gig? We’re announcing a great variety of acts so there will be something for everyone – roll on August!”

The Edge programme is online at