Tickets for the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe went on sale today. You can purchase tickets through the edfringe.com website, by telephoning 0131 226 0000 or in person at the Fringe Box Office at 180 High Street, Edinburgh. Be sure you don’t miss the opportunity to purchase ‘2 for 1′ tickets for shows on the 3rd and 4th August.
Many of the trusted names we have come to expect and be entertained by like Stephen K Amos, Reginald Hunter, Jimmy Carr, Daniel Kitson, Omid Djalili, Rhona Cameron, Phil Nichol, etc. etc. are all back at the Fringe. I was pleased to see the hilarious Tim Vine back this year at the Pleasance. Jerry Sadowitz is also back with ‘Comedian, Magician, Psychopath II’ , following on from part I last year which was excellent. More interestingly Jerry Sadowitz is also running a late night ‘The People versus Jerry Sadowitz’, which is sure to entertain and disgust in equal measure!
A few shows which look like early hits are:
- ‘Vincent’ written by Mr Spock (Leonard Nimoy). This stars Jim Jarrett as Vincent Van Gogh.
- Michael Barrymore playing Spike Milligan in the premiere of ‘Surviving Spike’
This year’s Festival Fringe is not without change. The four largest comedy venues (Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly) have created their own Edinburgh Comedy Festival within the Festival Fringe; I guess moves like this are inevitable. Unfortunately there is no mega event like Fuerzabruta last year, so the huge space outside Ocean Terminal will be empty this August. And The Edinburgh Blog has got used to big outdoor gigs in August, courtesy of T On The Fringe. With Tennents pulling the sponsorship this year there are no stadium events at Meadowbank, although ‘The Edge Festival’ will host gigs from Maximo Park, Scouting For Girls, Dizzee Rascal and Kate Nash at The Corn Exchange and The Liquid Room.
Thankfully we still get The Edinburgh Festivals’ Cavalcade on 5th August (2.30pm) and the free Fringe Sunday event on August 10th. The Edinburgh Blog will be providing further updates and reviews from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, so check back often.
Update: edfringe.com has not launched today due to computer problems. This is perhaps the biggest joke of all and very amateurish!