Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 – all infos, the programme and how to get tickets

Travelling to Scotland this summer? If so, you must not miss the legendary Edinburgh Festival Fringe. With around 2 million visitors per year it is the largest arts festival in the world. Read on to find out everything you need to know about the 2019 festivities and how you can buy your tickets online.

The Fringe Edinburgh 2019 | © Pixabay

Spanning over 25 days, from 2-26 August 2019, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe won’t cease to amaze spectators from all over the world again this year. The festival, which is also often just called The Fringe, is the largest arts festival in the whole world with around 2 million visitors each year. Since its establishment in 1947 it has been one of the most popular sights of Edinburgh and offers a great platform for all artists. Every year, there are thousands of shows and performances on several hundred stages all over the city.

As The Fringe is an unjuried arts festival all submissions are accepted. This means that anyone can participate and show off their amazing performances. The shows are categorized into theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musical, opera, music, spoken word, exhibition and events. The biggest section is comedy which takes up nearly one third of all performances. This is due to the fact that the best shows will be nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards afterwards.

You can buy your tickets easily online here:


Edinburgh Festival Fringe Tickets


Programme 2019

In the view of the huge amount of performances it is impossible to list all of the shows in this article. On the official website of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe you can get access to the whole programme.
Here, we have listed the 2019 highlights for you:


Jen Brister: Under Privilege - @ Monkey Barrel, 7.45pm

Diane Chorley: Down the Flick - @ Assembly George Square Studios, 11pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only

Lou Sanders: Say Hello to Your New Step-Mummy - @ Monkey Barrel, 3.15pm

Jayde Adams: The Ballad of Kylie Jenner’s Old Face - @ Pleasance Courtyard, 9.30pm

Séayoncé: Déjà Voodoo - @ Assembly George Square, 10.20pm

Amusical -@ Pleasance Grand, Wednesday 21 August 2019, 11.30pm

Lucy Pearman: Baggage - @Monnkey Barrel, 4.30pm

Spoken word

Rich Wilson’s Insane in the Men Brain – live podcast - @ Gilded Balloon Teviot, Monday 12 August, 2.30pm, and Monday 19 August 2019, 8pm


Pink Lemonade - @ Assembly Roxy, 6pm

Pops -@ Assembly Roxy, 8.35pm


History of The Fringe

In 1947, eight theatre companies showed up uninvited to the new Edinburgh International Festival and performed some of their pieces on several stages on the fringe of the festival in order to boost their fame. From this moment on, more and more artists followed suit until in 1958 the Festival Fringe Society was founded. They formalised the event, published the programme and started selling tickets. During this time the Festival Fringe Society also stated in their constitution that they won’t vet the festival’s programme in order to retain a creative platform of freedom. This policy still remains today.
At the beginning of The Fringe every stage only hosted one artist or group. In the 70s the festival became more and more popular and the need to cut costs grew.  Since then every venue has been hosting several performances per day offering the visitors even more shows.

Today there are more than 3500 shows in over 300 venues at The Fringe.


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