Reginald D Hunter, Gordon Buchanan, Lemn Sissay & Vince Cable added – Fringe by the Sea
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Reginald D Hunter, Gordon Buchanan, Lemn Sissay & Vince Cable added

For use on Thursday 3 June 2021




Fringe By The Sea, Scotland’s freshest festival which is held in North Berwick (6-15 August 2021) has added some more exciting names to its line-up for this year’s event which will see live audiences being entertained in Covid-secure environments.  Tickets for these shows will be available from 9am on Thursday 3 June 2021.

Appearing at the new venue, Belhaven Big Top, Scottish Television presenter and cameraman Gordon Buchanan will be talking about his 30 years filming wild and wonderful creatures in remote areas of the planet in Animal Families And Me on Saturday 7 August.  Gordon Buchanan has a reputation for relishing dangerous and tough assignments. He has taken part in challenging expeditions and adventures around the globe always with a view to raising awareness of the fragility of the world’s endangered species and habitats. Animal Families and Me promises a unique opportunity to hear personal recollections of Gordon’s globetrotting travels, as he delves into his world of weird, wild and wonderful wildlife all illustrated with his own film footage and photography.

The following day BAFTA nominated international prize-winning writer, Lemn Sissay MBE will perform a special reading of his best selling novel, My Name Is Why.  This book tells his life story: one of neglect and determination, misfortune and hope, cruelty and triumph. Written with all the lyricism and power you would expect from one of the nation’s best-loved poets, the memoir has received rich critical acclaim, with The Guardian branding it “searing and unforgettable”.

Fringe By The Sea are proud to announce that the first guest in Brian Taylor’s Lunchtime Blether will be former leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable. He cites his achievements as including the world’s first ever Green Investment Bank, support for young people through apprenticeships and the promotion of socially responsible capitalism. He also gave Strictly Come Dancing a spin, as a guest dancer in 2010.

The second Just The Tonic Comedy Club By The Sea presents another stellar line up with the “towering presence” of Reginald D Hunter joined by Paul McCaffrey, Tom Stade and Susie McCabe on Thursday 12 August.

Former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and Red magazines and co-founder of The Pool, Sam Baker talks to Jennifer Crichton, editor of The Flock about her book The Shift.  In this book Sam looks at women over forty and in their post-fertility years who are the most underestimated and ignored demographic in society.

Fringe By The Sea also welcomes Glenkinchie Distillery and Johnnie Walker as new sponsors.  Barbara Smith, Managing Director of Scotland Brand Homes for Diageo, ‘We are delighted for Johnnie Walker Princes Street and the Lowland home of Johnnie Walker based here in East Lothian, Glenkinchie, to be the community partner of Fringe by the Sea. Like our brand homes, the community is at the heart of Fringe by the Sea and shining a spotlight on the people, culture and also the beautiful natural environment is so important to us. We’re looking forward to making Glenkinchie and Johnnie Walker a part of festive goers’ experience as we lead up to Johnnie Walker Princes Street opening later this summer.”

Fringe By The Sea Director Rory Steel says “Moving talks and lively conversations have become an important part of Fringe By The Sea in recent years, and we’re continuing this in 2021 with big names and inspiring locals.  With just over two months to go, the excitement is building brilliantl.”

One of Scotland’s most loved arts festivals, last month East Lothian’s Fringe by the Sea announced preliminary plans for its return this summer with support from master partners North Berwick Trust, Belhaven Brewery and DC Thomson Media.

Further support comes from community partners SSE Renewables, The Lighthouse North Berwick, Mactaggart & Mickel and Marine Hotel & Lawn.

Tickets are already selling fast for Lulu, Ed Byrne, Eddi Reader, Basement Jaxx, Janey Godley, Huey Morgan, Peat & Diesel, The Blues Band, Irvine Welsh, Gail Porter and The Poozies as well as many other acts. A number of events are already sold out. Please check for details and follow links to register for Waiting List tickets.

Further 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 have also been critical to the festival’s return.

The festival aims to work with many local groups such as NB in Bloom, NB Coastal Area Partnership, East Lothian Library Services, NB Harbour Trust, Edington Cottage Hospital, NB Community Centre and many others throughout the region to make 2021 the best Fringe by the Sea yet.

One of the main changes visitors to Fringe by the Sea will notice is the use of new spaces across the town, with outdoor (mostly covered, sideless marquees and stretch tents) auditoriums enabling social distancing for audiences of up to 2000 seated, 1000 standing – the current guidelines being given by the Scottish Government for event planners. All events will be run in line with Covid-19 protocols and guidance.

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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