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Venues for Performers

All of our venues and performance spaces available for the Fringe are listed below. Click on the links for full details, plans and photos. There is also Venue Map at the bottom of this page.


How our venues are set-up

For each of our venues below you can click through to a separate page with all of the specifications for each performance space. Our spaces range in capacity from 20 to over 150.

All of the rooms are separate spaces from public areas of venues, apart from stages marked as suitable for music only

All of the rooms are set-up and managed by us, and are supplied as standard with a full PA system, lighting and stage set-up, audience seating, and are ready to go for your show. Many have more facilities available with larger PA systems, lighting rigs and projectors or other AV, backstage areas and so on – These details can be found when you click on the link below for each venue.

Please do not confuse us with other free venue promoters who ask performers to supplier their own equipment, build their own spaces and are often in inappropriate areas of public bars without a separate performance space - or in some cases not really venues at all.


What shows are suitable for our venues

We have spaces suitable for all Fringe genres and we programme a mixture of genres at each venue to provide a varied programme in each space, an indication of genres we feel are suitable are listed for each venue.

If you are planning any free walking tours of Edinburgh, Scavenger Hunts, or similar why not include these in the Free Festival programme, or the can start/end at a free festival venue.


If you have any questions on our venues email us on info@freefestival.co.uk

Click here for general Performers Information and click here to Apply for a Space in one of our venues


The Free Sisters

The Free Sisters (Fringe Venue 272)

139 Cowgate. Phone: 0131 622 6802

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 Accessible Bar Food AirCon All ages until 8pm, then 18+ only

The biggest free venue in Edinburgh, quite often referred to as “The Free version of the Pleasance courtyard”, The Free Sisters is located right in the middle of the Cowgate, with numerous performance spaces, bars, outdoor areas, food stalls and even a hotel. It’s the epicentre of free fringe shows, where people come to watch shows, hang out or party away, with a huge variety of performance spaces to choose from.

Performance Genres possible at The Free Sisters:

Comedy Theatre Childrens Courses Events and Tours Music Musicals and Opera Cabaret Spoken Word 

Performance Spaces available in The Free Sisters:

Maggie's Chamber: Upstairs 140 capacity (100 seats) venue, with raised stage, full PA system and lighting, and small backstage. Ideal for cabaret shows and the room can be set with small tables or theatre style. Projector and Screen available.

Maggie's Front Room : A smaller room adjacent to Maggies chamber, with a 70 seat capacity cabaret style, small stage on the flat and full PA system.

The Courtyard: A flexible outdoor stage, suitable for music, busking and street performance

The Gothic Room: Located at the back of the main downstairs bar, with raised stage, lighting, PA and a capacity of 80

The Wee Room: A small and intimate 25 capacity room ideal for comedy shows and intimate solo theatre or music

Click here for full details, tech specs and room layouts


Laughing Horse Online

Laughing Horse Online (Fringe Venue 1)

On your Laptop, Phone or Tablet... In Your House. Phone: 020 3287 5533

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 Bar Food

The Laughing Horse's Online venue - Watch these festival shows online streamed, zoomed and viewed from the comfort of your own sofa, while getting all of the fun and laughs of being at the Fringe

Performance Genres possible at Laughing Horse Online:

No Genres have been listed at this venue

Performance Spaces available in Laughing Horse Online:

The Internet - Twitch Streaming:

The Internet - YouTube Streaming:

The Internet - Zoom Show:

Watch Any Time - Recorded Shows:

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Free Festival Venues

In 2021, we look forward to welcoming you back at all of these venues in Edinburgh....


View Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival Venues in a larger map.