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Applications for Fringe 2021 will open later in the year

2021 COVID-19 Update for Performers

Our latest information for performers on where we are for the Fringe in 2021 can be found HERE

Please Note, The information on our performers pages for Edinburgh is not currently up to date, but is correct as per a "normal" Fringe. Keep an eye on our Covid update page for where we currently are.


Laughing Horse Free Festival

To apply, you need to login to this site, and complete an online application.

If you wish to present more than one show, you need to complete a separate application for each show.

If you have performed with the Free Festival previously, or with the Laughing Horse at festivals in Brighton or Adelaide, you will already have a login, and you can use the same login again.

Picking Shows

It is important to note we pick and choose the shows we would like to appear, or we feel would suit our venues and programme the best - so it is better to put in a good and detailed application, rather than a quick one! It is not a case of first-come, first-served - Though having your application by the end of January will get you in with the best chance of your preferred space if we like your show, as we will start to programme spaces at the start of February.

We will accept applications at any time before the Fringe, until our venues are full. but in order to have the best chance of the venue and timeslot that you would like, you should apply by late January.

Our first slot offers will be sent out at the start of February, with more right the way through February and onwards to the Fringe programme deadlines in March and April.


Comedy Shows


Theatre Shows

An Open But Curated Free Festival

All of our shows must be entered into the Official Fringe Programme.

All applications are looked at by our programming team, and we decide which shows best fit our programming.

It is false information, often put around by paid venues and competitors, that free shows are not programmed or curated - they are like any other venues shows, so it's up to you to put in a good quality application so we want to put your show in our venues. We are always over-subscribed.

The Fringe deadline in 2020 is in mid March for the cheap deadline, and early April for the final deadline. The Fringe will start taking submissions for the programme from early January.

How It Works

We aim to get back to all shows that have applied to us by March 1st in time for the early deadline, if you haven't heard from us by early March do email - occasionally some applications do slip through the net, as we do get hundreds (usually over a thousand in the end) to look at.

Your show application will form the basis of your programme entry with us online, in our printed programmes and listings, in our press and PR, and in what we send out to others or display in our venues.

You are able to go back and edit your application and show details at any time, and once your show is confirmed with us you can add images, press & media information, and reviews and links at any time up to and during the Fringe.


Music Shows


Cabaret Shows

No Restrictions...

As an organisation we do not restrict performers in any way, and all of our performers are also able to perform with and work with any other venues or Fringe organisations. Some of our best performers have crossed over shows running with us and paid venues, other free and 'Pay what you want' venues, and we ourselves collaborate and work with other Festival organisations, promoters, and sponsors all the time to benefit the Free Festival and the Fringe in general.

click here to see details of our venues, and then login to the site to submit an application.