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Sometimes I actually write in my travel blog. It’s not a regular thing, granted. I just thought I’d take some time out of my busy schedule to plan my trip to Edinburgh Festival. Here’s my pick of the acts.

1. Nina Conti

The world’s greatest ventriloquist. If you need convincing of this she’s just finished two great documentaries for Auntie Beeb – check them out. I wonder if Monk will make an appearance now Nina’s got all these other puppets, would be a shame if he doesn’t.

2. Frisky and Mannish

Pop music educators. And I’ve got a pop music degree, so I find these guys doubly hilarious. Top musical comedy – they’re doing two shows this year as well, one entitled Extra Curricular Activities, which I guess will follow the School of Pop thing they do so well, and one called 27 Club, which will explore the freaky phenomenon that is pop stars croaking at 27. That’s my age btw. Meep.

3. Loretta Maine

More musical comedy for y’all, this time from a shiny happy popstrel named Loretta Maine. OK she’s not that shiny or happy. Well she might be sometimes, her show’s called Bipolar, so you never know. It’s mostly pretty dark though. Hysterically dark. My favourite one of her tunes is the one about murdering the Sony record exec and being sorry she doesn’t sound like Lily Allen, or that girl who sounds like Lily Allen, or the girl who sounds like that girl who… yeah. Loretta’s alter-ego Pippa Evans can also be found at…

4. Showstopper: The Improvised Musical

This was bloody amazing last year. It’s always sold out, it’s always completely different, and it’s always bonkers. It’s also entirely self explanatory. Loads of musical comedy there, I do like other stuff honest… stay tuned for part 2 of the blog.



226 Scotland Festivals, in no particular order.

Edinburgh Marathon Festival
Linlithgow Folk Festival
Stonehaven Folk Festival
Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival
Shetland Blues Festival
Stonehaven Real Ale Festival
Kelso Country & Western Festival
Dunblane Fling
Perth Festival of Endurance Riding
Islay Book Festival
Angus Accordion and Fiddle Festival
Coast Festival of the Visual Arts
Galloway Pageant
Gatehouse of Fleet Midsummer Music
Islay Festival
Lanark Medieval Festival
Leith Short Film Festival
Scottish Beer Festival
St Andrews Festival
Wigtown Agricultural Show
Perth Festival of the Arts
Ullapool Guitar Festival
Montrose Music Festival
Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival
Portsoy Scottish Traditional Boat Festival
Aboyne and Deeside Festival
Arran Wildlife Festival
Booked! West Dunbartonshire Festival of Words
Festival of Politics
Loch Lomond Youth Soccer Festival
Merchant City Festival
Shetland Food Festival
Spring Speyside Whisky Festival
The Big Tent
West Port Book Festival
Wizard Festival
Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Dunbar Traditional Music Festival
Portobello Book Festival
Aye Write! Glasgow Book Festival
Glasgow Film Festival
Ayr Jazz Festival
Bathgate Procession & John Newland Festival
Bute Linedance Festival
Colonsay Festival of Spring
Dumfries & Galloway Science Festival
Edinburgh Canal Festival
Funny in Falkirk
Glasgow Music Festival
Jedburgh Running Festival
Lomond Folk Festival
Milngavie Book & Arts Festival
Peckham’s Beer Festival
Scottish Borders Walking Festival
Stranraer Park Fest
The House Folk Music Festival 2011
Hebridean Celtic Festival
Doune The Rabbit Hole
Eden Festival
Borders Book Festival
Edinburgh Competition Festival
Edinburgh International Magic Festival
Kingussie Food on Film Festival
TMSA Keith Festival
Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival
Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Bathgate Music Festival
North Queensbury Food Fest
Dundee Science Festival
Peebles Beltane Festival
Aberdeen International Youth Festival
Aberdeen Music Festival
Aberdeen’s Winter Festival
Aberdour Festival
Aberfeldy Festival
Arbroath SeaFest
Arran Folk Festival
Aviemore Walking Festival
Ayrshire Music Festival
Ayrshire Real Ale Festival
Ballater Royal Deeside Walking Festival
Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival
Beltane Fire Festival
Black Isle Show
Cantilena Festival
Ceilidh Culture
Celebrate Linlithgow
Celtic Food & Drink Festival
Crieff Beer Festival
Cupar Arts Festival
Denholm Folk Festival
Drover’s Tryst
Dumfries and Galloway Wildlife Festival
East Dunbartonshire Walking Festival
Edinburgh Anaesthesia Festival
Edinburgh Art Festival
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Edinburgh Festivals Cavalcade
Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh International Film Festival
Edinburgh International Harp Festival
Edinburgh International Marketing Festival
Edinburgh Iranian Festival
Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival
Eyemouth Herring Queen Festival
Eyemouth Maritime Festival
Faclan Hebridean Book Festival
Ferry Fair Festival
Festival of Spirituality and Peace
Festival of the Sea
Fife Brass Band Festival
Fife Festival of Music
Fort William Mountain Festival
Galloway Music Festival
Get Active Festival
Girvan Traditional Folk Festival
Glasgow International Jazz Festival
Glasgow Science Festival
Glasgow Whisky Festival
Hawick Summer Festival
Highlands & Islands Music & Dance Festival
Inverness Monster Science Festival
Inverness Music Festival
Isle of Skye Accordion and Fiddle Festival
Johnstone Festival
Jura Music Festival
Kelburn Garden Party
Kintyre Songwriters Festival
Kirkcaldy Comedy Festival
Larbert Ale Festival
Laughing Horse Free Festival
Leith Festival
Linlithgow Book Festival
Live at Troon
Livingston Food & Drink Festival
Loch Ness Marathon
McLellan Arts Festival
Mishnish Festival
Nairn Book & Arts Festival
Nairn Golf Festival
Northern Nashville Country Music Festival
On The Rocks Festival
Orkney Blues Weekend
Orkney International Science Festival
Orkney Storytelling Festival
Paisley Festival
Peebles Arts Festival
Real Ale Bus Company
Rewind Scotland
Rowchester 2011
Royal Burgh of Pittenweem Arts Festival
Sail Hebrides Marine Festival
Scot West Film Fest
Scotland’s Countryside Festival
Selkirk Sessions
Shetland Nature Festival
Sound Festival
St Magnus Festival
St Patricks Day Festival Coatbridge
StAnza Festival
Strathaven Balloon Festival
Strathpeffer Victorian Gala
Tall Ships Races & Festival
Tarbert Music Festival
Tarbert Seafood Festival
Taste of the Cairngorms
The Border Gaitherin
The Doric Festival
The Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival
The Lewis Coastal Film Festival
The Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival
The Word Festival
Thornhill Blues Festival
Three Judges Real Ale Festival
Tiree Music Festival
Ullapool Beer Festival
West End Festival
West Lothian Festival of Brass
Moniaive Festivals
Blairgowrie & East Perthshire Walking Festival
Helensburgh & Lomond Real Ale Festival
Highland Perthshire Autumn Festival
Edinburgh International Science Festival
Edinburgh Mela
Isle of Bute Jazz Festival
Kaleidoscope Festival
Loch Shiel Spring Festival
Puppet Animation Festival
Knockengorroch World Ceilidh
Perthshire Amber – The Dougie MacLean Festival
Lammermuir Festival
Glasgow International Comedy Festival
Doors Open Day
Insider Festival
Highland Science Festival
Strathspey in May
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
Inverness Festivals
Inverness Whisky Festival
Loch Ness Film Festival
Black Isle Words
Isle of Arran Mountain Festival
Paisley Beer Festival
Uist Eco Film Festival
Up Helly Aa
Taste of Grampian
Stonehaven Harbour Festival
Newton Stewart WalkFest
Cumnock Festival
Aberdeen Jazz Festival
Dundee Jazz Festival
Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
Lennoxlove Book Festival
PBH’s Free Fringe
Inverclyde Music Festival

Edinburgh Fringe Programme

Edinburgh Fringe Programme

The Fringe programme has arrived!! I am too excited! Just had a little flick through. Apparently there are 2,542 shows on this year. Can’t possibly see them all. Here are:

Things I MUST see

1. Ruby Wax Losing It. Definitely definitely.

2. The Secret of Monkey Island (brilliant!)

Things I’d quite like to see

1. Live Brain Surgery

2. Mind Games (I see a theme here…)

3. Andi Osho: All The Single Ladies

4. Andy McKee

5. The Axis of Awesome

6. Big Comedy Gala in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support (great cause)

7. A Clockwork Orange

8. Cluedo (the musical!)

9. Dave Gorman’s Powerpoint Presentation

10. Dean Friedman (standard)

11.Fascinating Aida: Cheap Flights

12. Frisky and Mannish: Pop Centre Plus

13. Heavy Mental Rock

14. I Am Google (I might just go to throw stuff)

15. Jen Brister

16. Josie Long: The Future is Another Place

17. Lionel Richie (??)

18. The 90s in half an hour

19. Roisin Conaty: Destiny’s Dickhead

20. Sarah Millican: Thoroughly Modern Millican

21. Shappi Khorsandi: Me and My Brother In Our Pants

22. 3D Hamlet: A Lost Generation (Captain Janeway’s in this. I know, further geekdom right there)

This could prove to be a rather expensive endeavour…

Check out my post on iknow-scotland blog about the best (or the worst?) show titles this year.

I’ve done a little post about Scotland’s Festival of History over at this lovely Scotland travel blog. Huzzah!

Is that right? Huzzah? My friends seem to think so.

I admit that I don’t know an awful lot about medieval festivals as I’ve never been to one, but this one looks like a cracker. It’s got battle re-enactments, archery, falconry and so much more. Best of all, a child’s ticket costs £1. A quid! Nothing costs a quid anymore. I’d be going: 1. If August wasn’t reserved for band stuff and 2. If I had kids.

Lanark Medieval Festival 2009

Look! If I went I could take pictures like that. I didn’t take this picture, this guy did.

Other Medieval festivals in England include:

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

Colchester Medieval Festival (and Oyster Fayre)

and the big one: England’s Medieval Festival at Hurstmonceux Castle. Jousting! Jesters! Dammit that’s in August as well!