Come one, come all! Let’s discuss all things Edinburgh Festival related. Such as …
What tickets have you bought?
Free things that aren’t terrible.
DRINK i.e. best pubs to avoid all the festival wankers (our favourite pub always get’s an influx of ukulele players this time of year )
Been handed your 100th flyer already? ready to go full on berserker? Come have a rant.
To get you all in the mood here’s a picture of a guy on a unicycle, wearing a pink tutu and a shower cap, holding some knives on the Royal Mile Classic.
Asides from going around punching tourists at bus stops, I’ll be partaking in :
James Acaster’s “Represent”. He’s doing his last three Fringe shows on alternating days, haven’t seen any of them yet, so job’s a good 'un.
A Joke at the Space on Niddry Street - “an Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman walk into a joke…”. Got to admit, I’m only going along because I’m a big Doctor Who nerd and Sylvester McCoy’s in it, so my 11-year-old self would like to shake the man’s hand.
Probably going to cram some more stuff between now and the end of August.
Now, here comes the shameless promotion bit : you should go and see my mate Paul “Silky” White (he’s been a rollerskating extra in Hollyoaks, dontcha know) - of course, I’m biased, but he’s really good and has done well out of the Fringe over the last few years. He’s at the Stand 4 at 1:15 every afternoon - https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/paul-silky-white-s-food-fight
I never really make that much of an effort either apart from various comedy shows. This year I only have tickets so far for Richard Herring next week. I went to a few excellent ones last year, I really need to find out who they were!!
My friend is suggesting some silent disco Edinburgh walk thing… she says it’s meant to be amazing but I gotta be honest… I’m really not that enthused
Having moved job and moved house, I no longer have to walk to or from work via the tourist-filled cesspit that is the Cowgate/Grassmarket/Royal Mile this year. I guess this should make me slightly more tolerant of festival wankers, but I still can’t be arsed. I’ll probably catch a few things at the Book Festival though - The free Unbound things in the evening usually throw up some good stuff.
The trains appear to be every half an hour on a Sunday… Erm, and I think this the train that goes via Falkirk High is the best option, some trains stop at different places and therefore take longer but this one takes around 52ish minutes. The last train back to Glasgow on a Sunday from Edinburgh Waverley is 23:30.
I have NO idea how to get to the glasgow airport, I haven’t been there since I was a child, I would suggest going back to Glasgow on the Sunday if you’re flying early on the Monday morning. @lo-pan@japes@anyoneelse?? #helpkallgeese
Glasgow airpot bus goes from George Square, right outside Queen Street station. If you’re going to shows late on the Sunday, it might be worth getting a bus back to Glasgow rather than a train, they run later @Kallgeese
There are late trains during the festival until half past midnight but they don’t stop at any stations in between, not even Haymarket.
First bus back from Edinburgh to Glasgow on a Monday morning is at 05:15. The it’s twenty-five minutes on another bus to the airport. Absolutely no problem making an 08:30 flight from Glasgow with that bad boy.
As a resident, I have a love/hate relationship with the Fringe (whereas a lot of other locals probably just hate). The first week or so is enjoyable but then it’s all just too much - way too many annoying posh drama students in wacky outfits handing out flyers. If I had a pound for every time I heard someone shout “free Fringe comedy” whilst trying to stuff a leaflet in my hand, I’d be an extremely rich man…
…having said all that, I have a few Book Festival events coming up (the more serene side of the Fringe), together with some stand-up (Robin Ince, Barry Crimmins, Paul Foot and Simon Amstell off the top of my head). Also Lift To Experience are playing at Summerhall which should be a cracker of a gig.