Del Amitri, The Stranglers, Caitlin Moran, Ray Mears & Singing Kettle for ’24! – Fringe by the Sea
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Del Amitri, The Stranglers, Caitlin Moran, Ray Mears & Singing Kettle for ’24!






Fringe by the Sea, winner of 2023 VisitScotland’s Thistle Award for Outstanding Festival, today announced new acts for this year’s festival across its music, comedy, conversation and family programmes, will go on sale from 9am on Thursday 28th March.


Glasgow rockers Del Amitri will be on stage on Saturday 3rd August.  Since being formed in 1980, the band have sold seven million albums with a string of hit singles including Kiss This Thing Goodbye, Always The Last To Know and Roll To Me.


More music at the festival with The Stranglers, legendary band who rose from the punk movement and who musicianship transcended the genre. The unique Stranglers sound, combining a brilliant melodic touch with a dark aggression and effortless cool, from Peaches, No More Heroes to Always The Sun and Golden Brown.  The band approaches their 50th anniversary in 2024, this upcoming milestone serves as a testament to their enduring legacy.


Also appearing on 3rd August is Ray Mears who, over the past two decades, has become recognised throughout the world as an authority on the subject of Bushcraft and Survival. He has also become a household name through his various television series, including Tracks, World of Survival, Trips Money Can’t Buy with Ewan McGregor, The Real Heroes of Telemark and many more.


Journalist, broadcaster and best-selling author Caitlin Moran has been reporting on people and events since she was 15 years old when she won The Observer newspaper’s Young Reporter of the Year.  After eleven years of writing bestsellers about women, her latest book goes to the other sex; What About Men?  sheds a like on masculinity in the 21st century. Frank, fearless and funny expect anything with an hour in her company on 4th August.


Festival family favourite The Singing Kettle will be asking “Spout, handle, lid of metal, What’s inside the Singing Kettle?” on 8th August.  There will be A whole bunch of songs that will take adults on a nostalgic trip back to their youth and entertain a whole new generation of children as well.  So dress up in your favourite colour and bring your granny – she won’t be shoved aff the bus.


Last month Fringe By The Sea announced the first wave of acts with The Jackson, Hot Chip DJ set (with Hayley Zalassi), Richard E Grant, Trash Test Dummies, Clive Myrie, Horrible Histories and House Gospel Choir.


North Berwick Trust have announced their support of Fringe by the Sea 2024 as a Master Partner with three years of grant funding, totalling £32,000.  Coulters Estate Agents will sponsor the Makers Market for the 3rd year in a row, showcasing the work of talented makers from across the county throughout the 10 days.  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 Economic Impact Report (EIR) for last year’s Fringe By The Sea undertaken by MKA Economics has shown that Fringe By The Sea is now a major financial boost for North Berwick and East Lothian.  The net additional impact of visitor spend during the ten days between 4-13 August, when the 14th FBTS festival was held in North Berwick, was in the region of £7,313,884 which is a 14% increase on 2022.  It attracted a total number of 74,750 visitors, 31% up on 2022; the event has grown year on year since it started in 2008.


Festival Director Rory Steel said: “This year’s programme is already looking incredible with Del Amitri, The Stranglers, Clive Myrie, Caitlin Moran and ?? as well as The Singing Kettle.  We go all the way when it comes to putting together a festival with something for everyone. As always, it’s a big team and community effort to make it all happen and 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.”

For further information contact:

Fiona Duff  07710 419762

Notes to editors:

  • Fringe by the Sea is an award-winning, not for profit, multi-arts festival which takes place over 10-days in August in the seaside town of North Berwick with a programme of 200+ comedy, music, family, film and literature events.
  • Fringe by the Sea was named Outstanding Festival/Event in the 2023 National Thistle Awards, Event Scotland.
  • Fringe by the Sea 2024 will run in North Berwick from 2nd-11th
  • Programme announcements will be made regularly with the final programme available in June 2024.
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