As August draws to a close, so does the world’s largest arts festival: last weekend saw the end of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for 2013. As performers washed off their makeup and packed up their amps, Brendan, the SoundCloud Community Evangelist, took some time to reflect on the amazing festival experience we had at the SoundCloud Shack (special thanks to our clever friends at How About Studio who designed and built it for us):
Good news: if you loved laughing at Fringe (or just following it here), there’s no need to feel downbeat. Forget waiting 11 months for your next dose of hilarity: you can explore comedy on SoundCloud for thousands and thousands of hours of brilliant standup and other audio to feel like you’re back at the festival. Poncho optional.
At the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this weekend? If you’re wondering what to watch, you might want to check out some of the amazing spoken word performers who stopped by to see us at The SoundCloud Shack while we were hanging out on the Royal Mile: hear these podcasts that were recorded live at the Shack.
Carl Donnelly and Chris Martin sat down with Eric Lampaert, some SoundCloud umbrellas, and a friendly passerby.
Stu Goldsmith chatted with Jeff Achtem, who’s at Fringe performing in Slapdash Galaxy:
Have you heard David Deery’s interview with Gemma Whelan? Sh’es doing a solo show and starring in a play at Fringe:
For Getting Better Acquainted, Dave Pickering spoke to poet Dan Simpson and Richard Tyrone Jones:
And Byrony Jones hosted a terrific episode of Stand Up Tragedy, chatting with Charley Harrison, MJ Hibbets and Daniel Simpson:
Still not sure what you want to catch at the festival? No problem: if you’re browsing the Edinburgh Festival Fringe website, you’ll see that many of the program listings have SoundCloud links — so you can hear samples from the performers and try before you buy. You’ll be laughing in no time.
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.
Can’t make it to Edinburgh? No problem. Follow the Fringe on SoundCloud to hear all kinds of audio & music performers who will be at the festival. And check back here, and on Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram, to catch what’s happening on the ground.