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Thousands flock to Fringe Sunday

Fringe Sunday (Pic: Miriam Attwood)
Almost 200 acts were on the Fringe Sunday bill

More than 100,000 people were out in force in Edinburgh for Fringe Sunday despite the rain.

Almost 200 acts were on the bill in tents and outdoor stages in The Meadows including comedians, actors, bands, street performers and dancers.

Fringe Sunday organisers said the event was the Fringe's way of saying a "big thank you" to the people of Edinburgh.

The day had tasters of performances in the Fringe for free. More than 100 local volunteers helped run the day.

Fiona O'Laughlin, Shazia Mirza, Jimeoin, Dan Nightingale and Andrew Bird played to a packed comedy tent, while the Soweto Gospel Choir, Camille O'Sullivan, Caesar Twins, Kayla Kavanagh and The Bastard Children of Australian Folk entertained crowds on the outdoor main stage.

Every tent was packed all day long which shows how popular the event is
Jon Morgan
Edinburgh Fringe director

Other acts who performed over the course of the day included Jonny Woo, The Improverts, ShakesPod, Dada Noir, The Wau Wau Sisters, Wilson Dixon, The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre, Regretrosexual and The Caravan.

Children's shows included Cloudcuckooland, Potted Potter, Goldilocks and the three Hoods, Aesop The Storyteller and The Sun Dragon.

Jon Morgan, Edinburgh Fringe director, said: "Fringe Sunday is always a hugely enjoyable day.

"Every tent was packed all day long which shows how popular the event is.

"I'd like to thank to Bank Scotland and PRS for their support this year, and of course all the volunteers who give up their week to help put this fantastic day together."

In addition to Fringe performers, 10 new bands including The Vibrants and We See Lights rocked Fringe Sunday by performing on the PRS New Music Stage.

Fringe Sunday performer Camille O'Sullivan, said: "The sun had come out and it reminded me of Glastonbury as there was the same great festival feeling."

The Lowden Family from Fife, said: "It's a great event for people who don't know the Fringe to find out what it's all about. It makes for a really good family day out."


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