Twenty-five days. Thousands of shows. Performers from pretty much every country in the world. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s biggest arts festival, and we’re psyched to be a part of it as a sponsor of the 2013 festival.
We had an amazing time at Fringe last year meeting all kinds of audio creators. Now we’re going back for another round: we’ll be heading to the Royal Mile next week, from August 7th – 12th. If you’ll be in town, look for the SoundCloud Shack (yes, it’s our favorite shade of orange) near the cathedral. We’ll be hosting pop-up performances, product demos, handing out treats, and more. We’re excited to meet you.
Artists, comedians, actors, actresses & superheroes all came together last weekend for the first weekend of the Edinburgh Fringe festival in Scotland. We even joined in on the fun, packing our bags and flying up to Edinburgh to cover the event! So what is the Fringe Festival you might be asking? Good question! In the organizers own words:
“The official site, for over 50 years Scotland’s capital city has seen a unique explosion of creative energy within the Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world.”
We had some amazing characters stop by and record with us including Mr. Millennium, Andy & the Prostitutes, Sophie & more!
On Sunday we held a meetup at the Pear Tree near Fringe Central. Some fine folks came out in the rain and received serious swag in the form of shirts, buttons and stickers! More importantly we got to meetup with some amazingly active community members including Bob, Amelia, John and comedian Michael Legge!
Oh and we also met Jack Gleeson from Game of Thrones who said he loves using SoundCloud!
Can you believe it? That is only the beginning! The Edinburgh Fringe Festival will be going on this whole month until August 26th! To follow along with the sounds of the festival, check out our Edinburgh Fringe Festival curated set here & we hope to see you there next year!
Are you a comedian, actress, actor or performer who uses SoundCloud for spoken word? Let us know in the comments!
We came to Ed Fringe, we saw and we conquered! It was a brief visit up to Scotland but an enjoyable one. Having made the Sounds of Fringe map (below) we decided to go up to Edinburgh to do some recordings ourselves, introduce the map and our mobile apps, meet the comedians and performers, oh and see some shows. Here’s a quick round up!
Our first day in rainy ‘Burgh entailed visting as many venues as possible and recording – whether that be an interview with an owner, worker, performer or even just the sounds from inside the venue. Thanks goes out to all interviees and to our Sound Ambassadors who are helping to finish off the job over the following weeks! Take a look at the map now, in all it’s glory.
Aside from an early morning rise to be interviewed for BBC Radio Scotland about the Sounds of Fringe map we also spent the day tying up some loose ends with venues, saw some press shows and then headed straight down to the Royal Mile where all the performers, comics etc hang out during the day and promote/flyer. We interviewed as many people as possible, getting them to pitch their show which lead to some very interesting recordings. Take a listen to some of them below and see a picture of SoundCloud’s own David Adams recording them with our fancy SoundCloud mic!
If you want to listen to more pitches, venue interviews and all other kinds of content, take a listen to the Edinburgh Fringe Group.
On day three, amongst the heavy rainfall we had a meet up at a local bar called the Pear Tree. It was a nice turn out considering the weather, and we caught up with some of our sound ambassadors such as Alex Dfrnt and Nikki Farquhar. Comedian Stu Goldsmith also passed by. He’s been reviewing all the shows he has attended using the iPhone app – they’re called 60 Second Reviews, take a listen to the latest one:
And finally using Thinglink, here’s a quick picture of the team at Fringe, hover over the image and you can see a piece of audio each SoundClouder has lovingly created.
We ate haggis, deep fried Mars bars, laughed a lot, saw some great shows and some very strange ones and got rained on! Fringe is awesome! There’s another 3 weeks left, we’ll be posting any great content we find over the next weeks. Look out on Tumblr on Thursday for the latest SoundCloud voices which will be focussing on the latest comedy content! And if you are currently in Edinburgh and want to get involved in the Sounds of Fringe map, simply record, put #fringe in the title and set your location. Done!