Edinburgh festival’s methods to get practically free tickets (other than those previously mentioned.

  • Some organisations  offer shows on a pay as feel basis including:

Buckley Hill’s 

Laughing Horse’s Free Festival 

Counting Houseand by C Venues at C Soco at Ibis.

Virgin money half price hut does tickets cheap for shows that day or following day.


Any other tips for cheap or free tickets?

Free BBC shows in Edinburgh august 2018

During the Fringe, a range of BBC shows are recorded in Edinburgh in front of studio audiences. You get to be in the audience, by entering ballots until 1stJuly by going to the following address then scrolling ot the bottom of page to see shows on offer, then clicking on the ones interested in to enter details.

bbc showsa

It is a bit of a pain as have to enter details like dress each time enter ballot for a different show, it would be more user friendly pdf could enter details jus once to apply for multiple shows.

Those who have entered details are picked at random to get free tickets. However, more tickets are aloocated than the venue fits becauase often not everyone turns up. The advice is to arrive as early as possible to avpid dissppintment.

Edinburgh International Festival 3rd – 9th August

The Edinburgh international festival existed before the fringe; the fringe sprang up around it. However, now the fringe is bigger in terms of number of venues, variety and length. The international festival only lasts 1 week (3rd -9th August). Whilst the fringe lasts for 3 weeks.

Looking at the Edinburgh International What’s on Website the offerings do not really appeal to me as seems a bit dated to me or perhapas I should say more classical. There is Waking for Goddart, Shakespeare Midsummer and classical music amongst others.

See website for more details:


Edinburgh fringe festival: my picks from comedy section of programme

This is a major section. Big name stand ups often have shows at Edinburgh on their way to stardom. The big names return to do shows. Every year there is a prize for the best joke during the Edinburgh fringe.

The comedy section also included cabaret, comedy, drag and burlesque.

How to win a pub quiz – part comedy, part quiz,

Best of festival daytime: Bitesize.

Whisky and Gin tasting cabaret.

Link to full programme: