TEXAS to headline FBTS 2022
Thursday 3 February 2022
FRINGE BY THE SEA IN NORTH BERWICK : 5-14 AUGUST 2022
FIRST TICKETS ON SALE WITH TEXAS AND CANDI STATON,
One of Scotland’s most loved arts festivals, East Lothian’s Fringe by the Sea has today (Thursday 3rd February) announced the first acts to go on sale for 2022 with support from partners The Scots Magazine, Marine North Berwick, The Lighthouse, McInroy & Wood, Gilsland, Signman, Too Far Media, Shaw and The List (media partner). 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
Texas was formed in Glasgow in 1987 by singer Sharleen Spiteri and bassist Johnny McElhone, Texas took the world by storm with their debut single ‘I Don’t Want A Lover’ which became a global hit in 1989. With over 40 million albums sold to date, the band’s repertoire includes a raft of huge tracks – ‘Black Eyed Boy’, ‘Say What You Want’ and ‘Summer Son’ to name just a few. In 2021 the band released ‘Hi’ – their 10th album – with singles ‘Hi’ (featuring Wu Tang Clan) and ‘Mr Haze’. Expect a special night in the Big Top as we welcome Texas to Fringe By The Sea on Saturday 6 August. Tickets go on sale from 9.00am on Thursday 3rd February.
Candi Staton, who has been billed for the past two years but unable to attend due to Covid restrictions, is looking forward to appearing at Fringe By The Sea on Friday 12 August.
2022 is Scotland’s Year Of Stories, so Fringe By The Sea will welcome the first Storyteller in Residence. Lorna Hill is a writer and facilitator who lives in nearby Dunbar. She has worked with organisations including Dunbar Dementia Network, East Lothian day centres, Headway East Lothian, Women’s Aid East and Midlothian and Capital Theatres. Lorna is an artist in residence with Luminate and Erskine Care Homes and a project facilitator for bold (Bringing Out Leaders in Dementia), a joint initiative between Edinburgh and Queen Margaret Universities. Other projects with local groups will be announced in the next few months.
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: “Last year Fringe By The Sea delivered a huge boost to North Berwick – local residents and visitors came out in droves to enjoy the acts and events. As ever we strive to produce a wide reaching programme that will provide entertainment and information for the whole family”
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 (www.fringebythesea.com) 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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