Early sale of Fringe tickets

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Image: Festival Fringe Society

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has started selling tickets to this year’s event through their own website.

 Previously, however, Edinburgh’s festival has refused to sell tickets prior to confirmation of the full program line-up, so as not to favour certain productions. Recently, this has been altered as venues began selling ticket through their own outlets.    
 
Neil Mackinnon, the Fringe’s head of external affairs, told The Stage News: “It is still a level playing field in the sense that access to early sales is available to every show, regardless of size and regardless of genre. Everyone has access to it and if you look at our website today you will see that as well as some big name comedians there are also relatively small, first time theatre performers who are already selling tickets.”
 
The official program launch is May 31, having been brought forward as a result of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration.