14 reasons why Edinburgh locals should embrace the Fringe

Edinburghers can get really hacked off at the Fringe, but we should really be thanking it

Transport gridlock, tourists everywhere, price inflation, we’ve heard it all before. We get it, the Edinburgh Festival has its downsides.

But instead of taking the cynic’s view, here are just a few reasons why the good people of Edinburgh should embrace the world’s biggest cultural showcases.

Food establishments are open later

Edinburgh students complain about a lack of food places being open late on a weekly basis, which is why festival time is right up their street with places open near 5am.

Bars and clubs have a later license every day of the week

A few clubs have a 5am license and most bars stagger on until 3am, which means you can pre-drink for more time and spend just as long in a nightclub.

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Every public space becomes a bar

If you’re sick of the same drinking holes in Edinburgh then there’s many more pop-ups and hang-outs to go to with chilled vibes and many cultural folk.

The comedy world wouldn’t be where it is if it wasn’t for the Fringe

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The Fringe has launched careers of various comics and has since become one of the biggest cultural events in the world – that’s why it sells over two minutes tickets a year.

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It’s profitable for businesses who struggle for the rest of the year

This is more geared towards shops or restaurants that won’t normally grab overwhelming custom throughout the year, but the Fringe is a healthy cash cow for these businesses in August. This means your favourite takeaway will remain open for a while.

Edinburgh residents get cheaper tickets

The main Fringe organisers decided a few years ago that to satisfy locals and get them more involved, it would be a great idea to reduce tickets for the some of the biggest shows.

You can take a selfie with Louis CK

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Not just Louis CK, but with more notorious internationally acclaimed comedy stars, including Amy Schumer, Katherine Ryan and many more.

It’s easy to escape

Think about it: if you’re really that fed up by the Fringe, you can always flee to the bottom end of Leith, Portobello or the deeper outskirts of the city.

You can socialise with many new people

You can only imagine the amount of tourists that flood the city during the month. Yes, it’s almost overwhelmingly busy, but with people from over a hundred different countries wondering the streets and occupying bars, you’ll be making loads of new friends.

You can have a drink with the comedy stars of tomorrow

It might be a free show, or a cheap one, but every year there is a handful of potential stars performing. They can always be spotted at many of the hang-out areas, and you could be drinking with them. Think of the bragging rights five years down the road.

There are hundreds of free shows

You may live 15 minutes away from town with tourists becoming a nightmare for when you’re going to work, but with numerous free shows on your doorstep there’s no excuse not to get involved.

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You can see heaps of comedy when you normally wouldn’t

How often do you see comedy throughout the year? Exactly. Use the month of August as motivation to see as much comedy as physically possible to get your yearly fix.

You can be a genuine local expert for the month

The Edinburgh residents get dozens of questions regarding where certain places are in the city. You shouldn’t be irritated by being asked, you should boast your local skills by confidently answering where stuff is; like a temporary tour guide.

You can pretend to live in a huge metropolis

Edinburgh expands in population by almost double during the Festival and it’s bursting at the seams, with more diversity and an electric atmosphere that never dips for three weeks.


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