Edinburgh Fringe: Several venues report record year

Underbelly ticket sales  have increased by 18.9 per cent. Picture: Jane Barlow
Underbelly ticket sales have increased by 18.9 per cent. Picture: Jane Barlow
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SEVERAL Fringe venues have reported a record year, with good weather helping to pull in huge festival crowds.

Today is the final day of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – although the International Festival runs until Sunday – and promoters are still counting up final ticket sales.

Several venues have already reported a record year and consistently full houses.

Last year, the festival clashed with the London Olympics, but in 2013 there has been no clash with any other major events.

Underbelly has reported ticket sales up 18.9 per cent on the previous five-year average.

Summerhall, which is in its second full year as a venue, has seen ticket sales rise 275 per cent from 2012, although that is partly because it is a growing venue, with 90 ticketed events compared to 41 last year.

The Pleasance reported a record year in 2011, similar figures in 2012, and believes this year is keeping pace.

Last week, The Stand comedy club announced that it had sold more than 50,000 tickets in its best like-for-like performance, with five days still to go.
The Gilded Balloon is up 10 per cent on 2012, and 4 per cent up on 2011, having sold 140,000 tickets as of yesterday.

At the Assembly Rooms, on George Street, sales are up 25 per cent, with an estimated 121,569 people going through the door, compared to 98,293 last year.

Underbelly director Ed Bartlam said: “We’ve had a record-breaking year at the festival with a series of crescendo weekends and constant weekday business.”

He added: “Any comparison with 2012 is anomalous because of the uniqueness of the Olympics.

“However, one statistic says it all – we are as of today 18.9 per cent up on a five-year average.”