More big names destined for Belhaven Big Top – Fringe by the Sea
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More big names destined for Belhaven Big Top



One of Scotland’s most loved arts festivals, East Lothian’s Fringe by the Sea, has today (Thursday 28th April) announced a fresh wave of acts for 2022 – Sir Ranulph Fiennes, The Haçienda House Party, Adam Henson and Samsam Bubbleman. This ten day festival will feature over 200 events with a strong mix of local, national and international talent across music, literature, comedy, science and nature.

This week the festival can also announce a partnership with Belhaven Brewery which is supported by funding from Culture & Business Fund Scotland. Fiona Matheson, Brand Manager at Belhaven Brewery says, “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Fringe by the Sea after the success of last year’s festival. The event aligns entirely with our vision of showcasing the East Lothian region to people from not only within Scotland, but throughout the world. Following the challenges of the last few years, it is so important to continue to support events like Fringe by the Sea and we look forward to welcoming visitors back to the area to show that Belhaven brings people together as times shared are the best.

“The world’s greatest living explorer”, Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be appearing on Sunday 14th August talking about his many ambitious endeavours have pushed his endurance levels to the very limits, inspiring generations and making him a pioneer of exploration with an unparalleled story to tell. Amongst his many record-breaking achievements, he was the first to reach both Poles, the first to cross the Antarctic and Arctic Ocean, and the first to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis.

The first evening of the festival will kick off with The Haçienda House Party feat. Todd Terry & Marshall Jefferson. The iconic Manchester club shut its doors 25 years ago but its legacy of being at the forefront of youth and music culture lives on with many of its original resident DJs still playing out. The Haçienda brings Todd Terry & Marshall Jefferson to North Berwick; Grammy award-winning DJ and producer Todd Terry helped define the original New York house sound. He has almost two decades of dancefloor domination under his belt with his best known tracks including ‘Somethin’ Going On’, ‘Jumpin” and his remix of Everything But The Girl’s ‘Missing’. Bringing the Chicago vibes is Marshall Jefferson, considered one of the true originators on the house scene. His 1986 track  ‘Move Your Body’ is regarded as one of the most innovative of its time.

Adam Henson is one of the UK’s best-known farmers and presents his own segment on BBC’s Countryfile to millions of viewers each Sunday evening. Away from camera you’ll find Adam at Cotswold Farm Park helping to protect rare breeds of farm animal and supporting conservation activities on the wider farmland or indeed North Berwick on 6th August.

Described by Chris Evans as “the Willy Wonka of bubbles”, Samsam Bubbleman is THE world’s leading expert in soap bubbles with over 30 years of experience, 12 Guinness World Records and a clientele that includes Lady Gaga and Royal Families around the world. He has performed his unique bubble shows to audiences of hundreds of thousands in over 30 countries and is constantly creating new and exciting bubble toys and effects. You won’t BELIEVE what he can do with a bubble – a great family show on 5th August.

Already announced for Fringe By The Sea are Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle (11 August), legendary 80’s rock band Happy Mondays (13 August), folk duo Phil & Aly (8 August), and festival favourites The Manfreds (10 August) will be coming to Fringe By The Sea 2022.  They will be joining Texas, Candi Staton, Happy Mondays, Frankie Boyle, Phil & Aly, and The Manfreds.

Fringe By The Sea has support from partners The Scots Mag, Marine North Berwick, The Lighthouse, McInroy & Wood, North Berwick Trust, Gilsland, Signman, Too Far Media, Shaw and The List (media partner).

2022 is Scotland’s Year Of Stories, so Fringe By The Sea will welcome the first Storyteller in Residence – Lorna Hill who is a writer and facilitator who lives in nearby Dunbar.

The main setting for the festival is the beautiful Lodge Gardens overlooking Bass Rock, Firth of Forth and Kingdom of Fife, with other venues around town such as the chip shop and Marine North Berwick hotel hosting events.  In 2022, this ten day festival will feature a strong mix of local, national and international talent across music, literature, comedy, science and nature as well as delicious food and drink from the county’s best streetfood stalls.  With more than 200 separate events, Fringe By The Sea has something for everyone.

Already hailed as a cultural and community success, Fringe By The Sea 2021 brought £3,139,616 of economic benefit to East Lothian, according to an independent report by MKA Economics.  This represents a doubling (103% increase) over the 2019 figure (£1,546,609), and is driven by the increase in visitors to the event.

More than 39,000 people visited the festival, with 25,000 purchasing tickets to one of 200 events and an estimated 14,000 attending free events throughout the town across the ten days.   In 2019, visitors totalled 19,500.  Satisfaction was at an all-time high, with 95% rating the festival either excellent or very good and 86% said they would ‘definitely’ attend Fringe By The Sea in the future.

Funding and services from Event Scotland, East Lothian Council and other partners including Scottish Seabird Centre, Shaw Marketing, Signman, Scotland Loves Local, The List, East Lothian Courier, Gilsland Park, Citizen Tickets and McInroy & Wood has also been critical to the festival’s return.

Commenting on the plans for August, Festival Director Rory Steel, said: “The world’s greatest explorer shall find himself in North Berwick this summer – we are thrilled that he is joining us.  With the Hacienda House Party, Samsam Bubbleman and Adam Henson also confirmed we continue to be the festival with something for everyone.  We also welcome Belhaven.Brewery (supported by funding from Culture & Business Fund Scotland) to our team of sponsors”.

East Lothian Council Provost, Councillor John McMillan, said: “It was wonderful to welcome back Fringe by the Sea in 2021, to see the impressive programme of events and of course to see people enjoying themselves! I have no doubt that the 2022 event will be another resounding success and help to cement the festival’s position on the national events calendar. The boost it brings to North Berwick, to East Lothian and to local businesses is enormous. East Lothian Council will once again work with the organisers to ensure a safe and happy, fantastic time for all to enjoy at Fringe by the Sea 2022.”

The Fringe by the Sea website ( has undergone a major refresh with more details of this year’s event listed. Further updates will be added regularly as plans evolve, and those wishing to partake – from volunteering to paid jobs and trader pitches to performing – can find out how they can get involved.




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