Feel good vibes as first five FBTS23 acts revealed – Fringe by the Sea
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Feel good vibes as first five FBTS23 acts revealed




Fringe By The Sea, now established as one of Scotland’s favourite festivals, is proud to announce that tickets for five events are on sale from 9.00am on Thursday 1st December,  The festival shall run from 4th-13th August. There will be early bird ticket offers available on a first come, first served basis.

North Berwick Trust are supporting Fringe by the Sea 2023 as a Master Partner with a £30,000 grant. The hub of the festival will once be again in North Berwick’s Lodge Grounds, where The Trust will showcase its work as well support the involvement of other community groups at the event.

The Lighthouse, North Berwick’s flexible and co-working space, is back on board as Community Partner. Visitors will be able to once again enjoy a programme of free live music on The Lighthouse Live Stage in the festival hub, thanks to the support of The Lighthouse.

Best selling disco group, Sister Sledge (11th August) will be bringing their good time vibes to the festival with some of the best-known soulful and disco grooves live.  With hits including “Lost In Music”, “He’s The Greatest Dancer” and “We Are Family” the Grammy-nominated multi-lead vocal group has amassed a string of Gold and Platinum records, accumulating total sales of over 20,000,000 worldwide, and have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages including Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Glastonbury’s iconic Pyramid Stage.

This East Lothian town by the coast is the perfect place to host Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (13th August) who was the first person to sail single handed and non-stop around the world. With his yacht Suhaili packed to the gunwales with supplies he set off on a voyage that was to last just over ten months. He arrived back in Falmouth after 312 days at sea, on 22 April 1969, securing his place in the history books. Among many other races, in 2007 Sir Robin has circumnavigated again in the VELUX 5 OCEANS race at the age of 68. Here at Fringe by the Sea, he will be in conversation about his incredible adventures and achievements.

Sticking with the seaside theme, Australia’s Splash Test Dummies (Friday 4th August) kick-off the festival with a brilliant array of catch-your-breath stunt work, dazzling acrobatics, dexterous juggling and side-splitting, slapstick comedy. The Dummies are ready to roll out their beach towels and spring into an exciting hour of circus-filled hilarity for the whole family.

Keeping the party going the following day sees the Dick & Dom DJ set (5th August) taking over the Big Top.  Dick & Dom are a quadruple BAFTA award-winning duo who are probably best known for their series Dick & Dom in Da Bungalow and Are You Smarter than a 10 Year Old. Working together for over 20 years they are establishing themselves as a household name in their own right. Their wit and versatility has transitioned them into prime time television and radio to great success. Dick & Dom are now firm favourites for DJ sets playing tunes ranging from the Radio 1 playlist to Old Skool, Indie Anthems and big dance hits.

The music keeps coming on Sunday 6th August with corto.alto.  Fronted by trombonist Liam Shortall, they are an 8-piece Nu-Jazz collective packed with talented musicians – a who’s who from the vibrant Glasgow jazz scene. Wherever they play, they deliver a heady brew of jazz, Afrobeat, Hip Hop, classic soul and grimy drum and bass.

An independent report by MKA Economics suggests that the net additional economic impact of visitor spend as a result of Fringe by the Sea in 2022 was in the region of £6,428,785, a 105% increase on the 2021 figure. There were over 35,000 tickets sold and was the most successful festival since it started in 2008 with 12 events over three days.

Festival Director Rory Steel says “Off the back of an incredible buzz from the festival this year, we’re really excited to announce an eclectic mix of feel-good acts. Sister Sledge’s huge disco hits, awe-inspiring adventures of Sir Robin Knox Johnston and a taste of Glasgow’s vibrant jazz scene with the brilliant corto.alto – all heading to North Berwick next August. As well as bringing in globally renowned acts, we love to celebrate the best of what’s going on locally. We’re hugely grateful to North Berwick Trust for supporting us once again as Master Partner, helping us create connections in community through our diverse programme of culture and arts.”

“North Berwick Trust is delighted to support Fringe by the Sea again. This is the fourth time that we’ve awarded a grant to the festival, which brings huge benefits to the town – socially, culturally and economically. We were so impressed with the organisation of the 2022 festival and the sheer variety of events and attractions on offer, and we know that local people and visitors alike enjoyed it immensely. We wish Fringe by the Sea every success with next year’s festival.” added Olwyn Owen, Trustee and Chair of North Berwick Trust Grants Group.

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Fiona Duff

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