Our top 5 picks for this year’s Festivals



The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 is celebrating the 70th year of culture, performance and fun. There are over 3,000 shows from 48 different countries in almost 300 venues across Edinburgh ranging from stand up comedy to family shows, Shakespeare to contemporary theatre, music to dance performances. While choices are always good to have, sometimes it can be helpful to have a few options narrowed down. So here are a few top pick from us…

1. Comedy: Daniel Sloss – So?

Following previous successes in Glasgow and Edinburgh, the award-winning Scottish stand-up comedy star Daniel Sloss brings his So? tour to the Fringe this year. Sloss has seen a meteoric rise from his humble Fife beginning to appearing on American chat shows and British TV comedy panels.

EICC (0131 226 0000), Aug 12 – 27


2. Dance: Once

The multi-award-winning physical theatre company Derevo bring their ground-breaking masterpiece of love, longing and laughter. These Russian stage sorcerers return with Once, a typically outlandish love story not seen here in eight years. Stirring dance, physical theatre, mime and magic into their creative cauldron.

Assembly George Square Theatre (0131 623 3030), Aug 4-29 


3. Theatre: Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons

The average person will speak 123,205,750 words in a lifetime. But what if there were a limit? Set in a world where the government has passed a law limiting people to speaking only 140 words per day, this witty and fresh love story returns after a successful run in 2015.

Roundabout @ Summerhall (0131 560 1581), Aug 5-28 (not 9, 16, 23)


4. Music: Starman by Sven Ratzke

This David Bowie tribute has won critical acclaim the world over, winning the Critics Pick at Time Out New York. Sven Ratzke brings his globally renowned show to Edinburgh for the first time. A starburst of cabaret and rock show experience. With the loss of the music icon not that long ago, what better way to re-live his genius.

Assembly George Square (0131 623 3030), Aug 4 – 28


5. Family Shows: Comedy Club 4 Kids

Nish Kumar, James Acaster, Tom Allen and Bec Hill are among the big-name comics giving up an hour of their time to bring comedy to the younger Fringegoers. 10 years on, Comedy Club 4 Kids continue to provide pre-teens a chance to sample the raucous, taboo-challenging, free-wheeling atmosphere of a good comedy club without any (really) rude words…

Assembly Roxy (0131 623 3030), Aug 5-28


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