Travis set to headline FBTS23 – Fringe by the Sea
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Travis set to headline FBTS23


Fringe By The Sea, now established as one of Scotland’s favourite festivals, announces that tickets for five further events are on sale from 9.00am on Thursday 23rd February 2023.  The festival shall run from 4th-13th August with tickets for 200+ events released over next three months.


The festival is delighted to announce multi-BRIT award winning band Travis will headline Fringe by the sea on Saturday August 5th.


Recent Travis set lists have included songs from all 9 of their albums. Most recently, the band have toured the classic albums ‘The Man Who’ and ‘The Invisible Band’ which achieved 9 times and 4 times platinum status in the U.K. The band’s rich tour history includes headline performances at Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and T in the Park, as well as epic festival shows further afield at Japan’s Fuji Rock, Corona Capital Mexico City and Coachella in the USA, to name but a few.


Travis will release an exclusive vinyl album of ‘The Invisible Band Live’ on the upcoming Record Store Day, Saturday April 22nd – for more information, go to


Two festival favourites return this August.  Following their barn-storming sell-out show at Fringe By The Sea 2021 Peat & Diesel, the three boys from Lewis – Calum “Boydie” Macleod, Innes Scott and Uilly Macleod – return on 12th August with their unique hilarious folks songs that will have your toes tapping and ribs aching.


From The Great British Sewing Bee is Scottish designer and Saville Row tailor, Patrick Grant, who has been a judge on the hit BBC1 series since 2013, will be appearing on 8th August in conversation to talk about his life and work.


Before becoming a successful solo performer, Geno Washington was the singer in the top selling ‘60’s group, The Ram Jam Band.  He released eight solo albums from 1976 and will be on stage on 4th August.


As ever the Fringe By The Sea programme doesn’t forget about younger audiences.  On Wednesday 9th August, in a brand new show for 2023, the Singing Kettle’s founder, Artie dusts off the kettles and asks the audience to join in the rhyme, “Spout, handle, lid of metal,  What’s inside the Singing Kettle”. Nostalgia for adults and singalong fun for kids.


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.


Coulters will be returning as sponsors of the hugely successful Makers Market, supporting local artisans and craft businesses at the festival. Sophie Duns, Area Director at Coulters said: “After last year’s wonderful event, we’re delighted to be sponsoring the Makers Market once again. Over the coming months, we’ll be sharing our exciting plans and showcasing the lovely local artists and artisans who will be this year’s residents. From paintings and pottery to jewellery and homeware, there’s a special something for everyone.”


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.


Olwyn Owen, Trustee and Chair of North Berwick Trust Grants Group says“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.”


Festival Director Rory Steel says “We keep getting asked “how are you going to beat last year’s line up?”  It’s been a tough task, but with Travis, Gino Washington and Peat & Diesel added to the line-up, we’re well on the road to making a lot of people very happy.  While we have the big names strutting their stuff and wowing the crowds, we’ve got some fantastic community projects and up-and-coming talent in the pipeline to make Fringe By The Sea 2023 the best yet.  August can’t come soon enough when we welcome thousands of visitors to our beautiful little corner of Scotland.”


For further information contact


Fiona Duff  07710 419762