News & Reviews

About Us

Performers Area

Press & Media Area





All Shows by Name
All Shows by Start Time

Performer applications for Edinburgh 2018 are now open! To apply to bring a show to the Edinburgh Fringe with us this year.... CLICK HERE

Latest News

Marcus Ryan - Love Me Tinder
Fresh Air

Marcus Ryan - ¿Hablas Inglés?
Fresh Air

LoveHard: Murdered by Murder

Richard Todd: MONSTERS 3.5*

Adam Vincent How Not To Kill Yourself When Living In The Suburbs 3.5*

Ahir Shah: Control British Comedy Guide recommended show 2017
British Comedy Guide


The 2018 Free Fringe Festival will run from August 2nd to 26th 2018 at our venues across Edinburgh. With extra kids festival dates beforehand again as well. Our Edinburgh Fringe shows ran through August in 2017 and we had a record-breaking 400 shows at our venues, more venues than ever, more award nominations than ever, and our busiest year as well. We're already looking forward to doing even better in 2018!  If you are a performer, now is the time to apply with your show for 2018. Click here to apply and join our programme in 2018. 

In 2017 we had some exciting new venues for you to choose from, including the return of the Counting House, and a another big selection of the very best free shows... There was the usual massive comedy selection, along with four music stages, some fantastic cabaret, theatre, children's shows, spoken word a walking tour and some busking. As always there was so much to choose from!

It was out 14th year in Edinburgh, and we hope to follow the successes in 2018 with a huge 15th anniversary year - For performers we'll be starting the official application process to take pare in late December, but if you have show ideas or wish to talk to us about performing, you can email us at any time. 

We had a hugely critically acclaimed Fringe, with a massive bucket-load of five-star reviewed shows and even more four star reviewed shows, two nominations for best comedy, and many more award nominations - which proves that our free shows are a sign of top quality Fringe shows, while we let performers and audiences experience the freedom of the Fringe, with a chance to experiment and enjoy. Just what the Fringe should be!

Do check out what we had in our programme, using the calendar or search tools on the left of this page to see what was on in 2017, our 2018 programme will be available in May, and we hope to see you in Edinburgh through the Fringe month of August again next time around! 

Running The Free Festival costs a lot of money... some of this money is recouped through sponsorship, advertising and our comedy courses... If you would like to contribute and help keep the venues free for acts and audiences, please click button above
Become a Free Festival Venue... If you run a Fringe venue in Edinburgh and would like to either become part of the Free Festival or list your free shows with us, or if you are a new venue looking to have free shows at your venue for the Fringe, click here for some more information...


 Website Design & Development by Craig Shaynak and Alex Petty

Sponsorship & Advertising About Us Press and Media Area
Kingswell Productions Laughing Horse Comedy Become a Free Festival Venue
Google+ Australian Festivals Brighton Fringe