Fringe Benefits of our Edinburgh Storage

Each year Edinburgh plays host to the world’s biggest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Thousands of events are staged across hundreds of venues and performers and visitors alike flock to the Scottish capital from across the globe.

What can you see?

  • Comedy. Over the years, comedy has grown to become the largest single performance category at The Fringe. Stand-up comedians have to come to see it as a rite of passage to bring a show to the Festival and wait for the reviews to roll in. From playing to four-figure audiences at venues like the Edinburgh International Conference Centre to playing in the back room of a pub to two people and a dog, many of the world’s greatest comedians have experienced the highs and lows of this famous event!
  • Cabaret. The Edinburgh Festival is known for attracting performances drawn from the weird and wonderful side of life. From magic to burlesque…with even some musical bingo thrown in, the Cabaret section of this year’s brochure it packed with shows that catch the eye.
  • Theatre. The Fringe is a great opportunity to catch the writing and acting superstars of tomorrow while they’re still playing in intimate venues. The eclectic mixture of play topics each year means that there’s bound to be something which whets your appetite for a bit of culture.

Who can you see?

The Fringe doesn’t just attract comedy’s big guns while they’re still unknowns trying to crack the big time, it’s an addiction that proves difficult to give up even for the most successful of comedians. Some of the famous names you can see at this year’s Festival include –

  • Al Murray. Best known for his ‘Pub Landlord’ character, Al Murray returns to the Festival at which he lifted the coveted Perrier Award in 1999.
  • Josh Widdicombe. The co-host of Channel 4’s The Last Leg isn’t doing a full run at this year’s Festival but will be recording his XFM Podcast live at The Fringe.
  • Chris Ramsey. The Geordie cheeky chappie who stars in BBC2’s Hebburn and regularly pops up on ITV2’s Celebrity Juice will be appearing at the Pleasance Courtyard with his new show, The Most Dangerous Man on Saturday Morning Television. A title that refers to his removal from Sky’s Soccer AM for allowing some ‘inappropriate’ pre-watershed banter to slip out!
  • Frank Skinner. Back in 1991, Skinner won the Perrier Award at the Fringe, beating off not inconsiderable opposition from Jack Dee and Eddie Izzard! This year the Brummie funnyman is back and appearing at the George Square Theatre.

What do you need to think about as a performer?

Performing at The Fringe can be one of the most exciting times of your life, whether it ends up being your ‘big break’ or not! The camaraderie with other performers, the roar of the crowd (even if there’s only one person in the crowd and you start to find their roaring a bit unnerving!) and the chance to spend a month in a beautiful and vibrant city are all things that you’ll find yourself looking back upon for years to come.

Fun as it is though, you will need to do a little bit of preparation! Do you have some instruments, bits of set or other pieces of equipment that need to be shipped early or to be stored at the end of the run before you head home? Whatever the logistical difficulties you might face, Flexistore can help. Find out more about our Edinburgh storage services.

What do venues have to consider?

Many venues in Edinburgh only really seem to come alive during the Fringe when they turn into performance spaces but others are busy and in use all year round. When it comes to Fringe time that can mean decisions on what to do with any equipment that has to be moved out to make way for the visiting shows. Thankfully, Flexistore are used to dealing with all kinds of storage needs. We offer comprehensive, efficient and reasonably priced business storage solutions.

Already living in Edinburgh?

The arrival of The Fringe brings with it fantastic opportunities for Edinburgh residents. Many people opt to stay in the city and make use of their proximity to such a fantastic spectacle, others play host to family and friends keen to visit and experience the Festival buzz, while some people move out completely for the month to let out their homes to tourists or performers.

Whichever category you fall into, it’s always nice to have a decluttered home. Clearing things out even temporarily can seem daunting but with Flexistore you don’t have anything to worry about. Our storage service is designed to minimise the hassle to you. We’ll deliver a vault, you fill it, we pick it up and take it to our secure storage unit…and then return it to the address of your choosing when you want your things back. It couldn’t be easier!

If you’re not living in Edinburgh, find out why you should consider moving there.

What to do next

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