During the Fringe we provide a listing of showcase opportunities available to performers in August. 

Each opportunity is managed by the independent company/venue listed, and so specific enquiries concerning any of these listings should go directly to that company/venue, on the contact details they have provided.

YOTEL Edinburgh

Venue: YOTEL Edinburgh, Erskine House, Queen St, Edinburgh, EH2 4NH

"We're very excited to welcome our first ever hotel in Scotland - YOTEL Edinburgh. Centrally based on Queen Street Edinburgh. The hotel has a state of the art events space, and several other areas for performance opportunities. We’re looking to programme a series of events in August and we plan to be a promotional and artistic hub in the Festival, creating a vibrant, exciting buzz around the hotel for both guests and public alike. This is your chance to promote and perform you’re act in a new dynamic and exciting space in central Edinburgh. We also have a 360-degree projection facility which is the only one of its kind in Scotland. We’re looking for a wide, diverse range of artists and performers during the festival. The hotel has ample space for performers though there may be some restrictions on what can be brought onto the premises."

How to apply: Please apply to Grant MacDonald (Culture Curator) for performance opportunities with a brief description of your act and contact details. Email [email protected] or call on 07831059378.


Edinburgh Airport Fringe

Venue: ​Edinburgh Airport, EH12 9DN
Event date and times: 02-23 August. 12:00-15:00 (9 x 20 minute slots)

We book acts who want to promote their show at a brand new open air stage at Edinburgh Airport. The 20 min slots will run daily at the airport's busiest time between midday and 3pm by the main airport entrance and will give acts the opportunity to showcase their Fringe show to a huge volume of Fringe goers who will be  vacating the airport and waiting for taxis, buses, coaches and trams to go into the centre of town as well. The stage has a full PA system and a keyboard already there for any musical accompaniment you may need. The airport will also cover your travel on the tram to and from the airport. 

How to apply: If available and interested to book a 20min slot, please email [email protected] and cc [email protected].


Performer showcase opportunities

#Pianodrome Live and #Pianodrome Lunchtime Concerts

Venue: ​Pianodrome at the Pitt, 125 Pitt Street, Edinburgh, EH6 4DE
Event date and times: Lunchtime concerts: 13:00-14:00  Pianodrome Live: 19:00-22:00

Pianodrome Lunchtime concerts are open to all - a different act each day. Free entry. All acoustic in the Pianodrome - a 100-seater amphitheatre made entirely from pianos.  Pianodrome Live is a ticketed event hosted by Sink, the creators of the Pianodrome. We are looking for high quality music to share our stage with. 1 hour performances and opportunities for collaboration.

How to apply: If you are interested in performing in our venue please get in touch by emailing [email protected]


All Star Comedy Cabaret

Venue: ​Hanover Tap, 112 Hanover St, EH2 1DR
Event date and times: 2-24 August (Not 7, 14) at 20:45

A spectacular mixed bill variety show bursting with the best stand-ups, character comedians, musical acts and the most original performers at the Fringe. Think modern-day music hall.

How to apply: Please email a video to [email protected]


Ben Gosling: Jobs (with Special Guests)

Venue: ​Raging Bull @ Laughing Horse    161 Lothian Road, Edinburgh     EH3 9AA
Event date and times: 2-13 and 14-25 August at 13:00

A character comedy show. Each day will feature a different special guest act opening, performing 15-20 minutes, then it’s on to Ben for the last 40. Open to stand up and sketch acts (and everything in between!)

How to apply: Please email [email protected]


Big Band Grand Slam

Venue: ​Brewhemia, 1A Market Street, EH1 1DE
Event date and times: 8, 15, 22 August at 20:00

An unmissable evening with Edinburgh’s incredible swing, jazz and blues big bands on rotation every Thursday night. From local bands to Fringe features; we've got a packed evening of entertainment.

How to apply: If interested please email [email protected] with details of your fringe show including show listings, dates & times of performances.


Brewhemia's Festival Showcase

Venue: ​Brewhemia, 1A Market Street, EH1 1DE
Event date and times: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 August at 21:00pm

Having hosted evenings with The Brief's Factory, Gingzilla, Accordian Hans & The Bugle Boys; Brewhemia's Festival Showcase is not to be missed! We are looking for cabaret shows & music for 15 minute shots.

How to apply: If interested please email brewhemia.[email protected] with details of show listings including date and times of your show & any technical requirements. 


Canadian Club

Venue: ​Laughing [email protected] Bierkeller,14 Picardy Place, EH1 3JT
Event date and times: 01-25 August at  20:30

Canadian Club is a stand up comedy compilation show. The comedians are mostly Canadian but we're so friendly we'll have anyone on. Looking for people who are comfortable doing 15 minutes for a 25% bucket split.

How to apply: Feel free to e-mail [email protected] for inquires about performing on Canadian Club. 


Chinese Arts and Culture Festival 

Venue: ​EICC Edinburgh
Event date and times: 08 -11 August at 13:00

Providing a platform for Chinese arts groups to present traditional and modern arts works, which include opera, dancing, instruments playing, exhibitions and workshops 

How to apply: Email [email protected]


CLAW: The Confederation of Lady Arm Wrestlers

Venue: ​Heroes @ Boteco Basement, 47 Lothian St, EH1 1HB
Event date and times: 01-25 August (not 13, 20) at 21:20-22:50

The Confederation of Ladies Arm Wrestling (CLAW) is looking for comedians, Comics, Drag Kings, Queens, Dames, Double Acts and Character acts of any background to appear in this phenomenal show. CLAW is all about inclusivity, femmes and fun. Arm Wrestlers MUST identify as femme. NO CIS MALES shall arm wrestle.  If appearing in a Double act, the female shall wrestle. Cis males are very welcomed as allies and encouraged to perform as part of the Arm Wrestler’s entourage.     Guests should have around 4 minutes of material and shall be pitched against each other as well as in-house CLAW regulars, in three rounds. We encourage character acts and personas or you can appear as yourself.  We have a limited amount of costumes for you to draw from. 

How to apply: Email [email protected] with:  3-5 preferred dates  “Edinburgh Fringe” as the subject  A link to a short video clip (no downloads please).


Edinburgh Festival Tales Tour

Venue: Brewhemia, ​1 A Market Street, EH1 1DE
Event date and times: 31 Jul to 26 Aug at 11.15 (15 Mins Slot) and 15.15 (15 Mins Slot)

PROMO SPOTS: Come and help us tell the historical Edfringe story from the artist's perspective! We're looking for a vibrant mix of this year's talent to perform 5-10 mins spots at our host venue, as well as partake in a brief discussion for a few mins with our audience about your performer journey / plug your show! 

PAID POSITIONS: We're also looking for tour HOSTS /Performers that would relish the opportunity to learn about Edinburgh Fringe/Festival's dynamic and ground breaking journey so far and lead tours up to 90 mins per session.

The tour is a lively and entertaining guided walking tour and enjoy decades of thrilling Fringe stories from today to Edinburgh’s first festivals in 1947. Learn of the legendary stars, shows, talent and tales that made Edinburgh iconic. Created by leading Scottish theatre makers, comedians and festival enthusiasts: we take you behind the scenes of this historic city, through cobbled streets and closes, showcasing an unforgettable journey to the bright lights of Edinburgh's biggest stages! A joyous and memorable experience awaits for anyone that loves Edinburgh, its history and the Fringe!"

How to apply: To apply for PROMO spots: Please email [email protected] with your show/act details and available dates/times from July 31st - Aug 26th. If selected we will contact you with a few options of dates. 

To apply for PAID Host Position: Please email [email protected] your attached CV/Headshot, any links to your performance style and availability. (All candidates for HOST roles must have strong availability 26th Jul - 26th Aug, 11am-12.30pm and 3-4.30pm daily) 

Paid role: £40 per 90 min tour / £25 per 45 min tour. The tour is scripted with resources and training provided.



Venue: ​Scottish Arts Club, 24 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2BW
Event date and times: 01 August. 14:30 - 22:30

On 01 August the Scottish Arts Club is opening its doors to get Fringe performers from a variety of disciplines for a special session of Fringe Previews. We are seeking applications from small-scale theatre, cabaret, music, comedy and spoken word acts that are self contained and do not have complicated technical requirements. Each act will be around 15 minutes. Taking place between 14:30 and 22:30 the activity will extend across 3 floors of the club. This presents a great opportunity for you to promote your show and yourself to a targeted audience of arts enthusiasts. Your application is subject to the approval of the Scottish Arts Club and places are limited (20-25 acts).

How to apply: Please email [email protected]. Visit www.scottishartsclub.com for more information.


Jim and Dave Have Lost The Dressing Room

Venue: ​Ciao Roma, 64 South Bridge, Edinburgh , EH1 1LS
Event date and times: 0-13 August at 13:00-14:00

A comedy show about the beautiful game. Stand-up, sketches, songs, prizes and special guests

How to apply: Comedians /Performers looking to be involved in our 'Football Room 101', whereby you argue things that need to be taken out of football, should email [email protected] with a bit about yourself and what you might like to talk about.


The John Rowe Show

Venue: ​thespaceUK @ Symposium Hall, Hill Square, EH8 9DR
Event date and times: 2-17 (not 7, 14) at Symposium Hall; 19-24 at Surgeons Hall Grand Theatre. 23:15 - 00:15 (Symposium Hall); 22:00 - 23:00 (Surgeons Hall Grand Theatre)

The John Rowe Show is a quirky fun music and chat show from Australia which features groovy live music, daggy dancing, silly segments, audience interaction, special guests… and donuts! We are seeking one special featured guest/act per show to appear as surprise “drop in” visitors to John Rowe’s lounge room. It’s not your stock standard 5-minute spot…. there's talk show style chat, show and tell, a short performance, plus participation in a fun segment or two. So it requires highly engaging, spontaneous and fun people with a proven audience appeal. We will heavily promote your show to the live audience, plus lots of social media cross promotion, and mentions in my various blogs and posts with our show sponsors/partners. Music, dance, variety and cabaret acts fit best, but will consider any act that fits the spirit and quirk of the show... love to hear from you! Visit www.johnroweshow.com for more information.

How to apply: Please email [email protected] with a short introduction, you contact details, links to website or clips. Also please include the name of your show and a link to your edfringe.com listing.


Laughing Horse Free Pick of The Fringe

Venue: ​Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters & Cabaret Voltaire, 36-38 Blair Street, EH1 1QR
Event date and times: Various

Comedy show with experienced performers, and performers promoting their Fringe show

How to apply: Contact [email protected]


Laughing Horse Free Best in Comedy Chat Show

Venue: ​Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, 139 Cowgate, EH1 1JS
Event date and times: 2-25 August at 17:30

Comedy chat shows, perform a short set & chat about your show with the host.

How to apply: Contact [email protected]


Laughing Horse Free and Family Friendly Pick of the Fringe

Venue: ​Laughing Horse @ The counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DD
Event date and times: 02-25 August at 12:30

Stand-Up and comedy shows, for performers with clean material suitable for a 12+ audience

How to apply: Contact [email protected]


Laughing Horse Free Comedy Selection

Venue: ​Various Laughing Horse venues
Event date and times: 01-25 August

Comedy show, with both experienced performer and some newer acts

How to apply: Contact [email protected]


Live Music at Southpour, The Granary, The Wee Pub

Venue: ​Southpour, 1-5 Newington Rd, EH9 1QR. The Granary, 32-34 Shore, EH6 6QN. The Wee Pub, 94-96 Grassmarket, EH1 2JR
Event date and times: Various

Various music gig slots for solo/due musicians, various daily times all Fringe.

How to apply: Contact [email protected]


Luka Muller’s Gong Show

Venue: ​Counting House, 38 W Nicholson Street, EH8 9DD
Event date and times: 01-25 August at 23:00

A Gong Show where the acts get between 2-6 minutes, but unless something goes really wrong, we will give you at least 4 min. After the set, acts do a quick interview with the judges. A winner is chosen each show and given a cash prize. 

How to apply: Email TBC


Musical Comedy Guide Showcase

Venue: ​Just The Cask Room at The Mash House, 37 Guthrie Street, EH1 1JG
Event date and times: 01-25August (not 12) at 15:45-16.45

This show is promote the online Musical Comedy Guide, by way of showcasing live musical comedy (comedy that uses music) at the Edinburgh Festival, with five acts in each show. So if you are performing musical comedy at the festival this year, and would like to perform some of it for up to 10 minutes (and optionally host a show) at one or more of these shows, please get in touch.

How to apply: Please complete the form at musicalcomedyguide.com



Venue: ​Arthur conon Doyle Center     25 Palmerston El    EH12 5AP
Event date and times: 09 August 20:00-21:00 and 11 August 18:00-19:00

As the title states, we are going to say stories via classical dance on Indian Godess and Mother Mary.         

How to apply: Anyone interested to convey stories on women can reach out to [email protected] or directly reach out 07493355830


Pollyanna Cabaret

Venue: ​Paradise Palms, 41 Lothian Street, EH11HB
Event date and times: 4, 11, 18, 25 August at 23:00-1:00

Get ready for glitter, sweat and tears and come and be part of the Pollyanna family! For the fifth year Pollyanna will be home to the messiest, glam, queer artists that the Fringe has to offer. Showcase an excerpt of your show or try out new ideas and go wild in our late night cabaret.  Pollyanna is an late-night queer cabaret hosted by alt-drag creature Pollyfilla at our home Paradise Palms, just off Bristo sq. For the fifth year, we will be filling our shows each night with different performers, and we'd love to hear from you! We blend performance art and drag with comedy, theatre, dance and an array of experimental acts. We love fresh, messy talent and are open all types of performers - the weird, unusual, and alternative is all welcome  

How to apply: If you would like to join us please email [email protected] with video links, photos and a description  We are open to hearing from all types of performers and shows.


She Grrrowls

Venue: ​The Banshee Labyrinth, 29-35 Niddry St, Edinburgh, EH1 1LG
Event date and times: 3 -16 August 19:00-20:00

She Grrrowls is a feminist arts night with an emphasis on spoken word that features women and non-binary people. It is hosted by Carmina Masoliver and will aim to feature two regular acts alongside one new act each night, plus an open mic section.

How to apply: Email [email protected] to be considered for a 5 minute slot.


Tales from the Balkans

Venue: ​Espionage, Bunker, 19 Northwold Road, N16 7DG
Event date and times: 01 -16 August, 12:00-12.30

A classic stand-up comedy show, filled with compelling storytelling, one-liners, satire and a healthy dose of self-deprecation.  Looking for performers of all different genres and backgrounds to complement my show. 

How to apply: Please contact me at [email protected] for further info.


Tales of Whatever

Venue: ​Just the Tonic at The Caves (Just the Wee One), Rowantree Bar, EH1 1LG
Event date and times: 1-25 August (except 12) 10:50-11:50

Northern powerhouse Tales of Whatever (@talesofwhatever) returns for 2019 with changing daily line-ups of seasoned Fringe comics and performers, all going off-script to share true stories of first-hand experiences. Up to five different acts join hosts Mark Powell and Lee Moore each day with 10-minute tales of weird, horrifying, funny, glorious or memorable incidents and encounters. Previous speakers from as far afield as Buenos Aires, Gauteng, Melbourne, Salford and NYC have discussed being shipwrecked, marrying pantomime horses, collecting in-laws from prison, and solving domestic hauntings with GCSE chemistry. 'Conversational, funny and inclusive' (Guardian).

How to apply: Please fill out this google form.


The Antique Jokes Show

Venue: ​Gilded Balloon at Old Tolbooth Market, 179a Gladstone Court , EH8 8BN
Event date and times: 1-11, 13-25 August, 22:15

Top acts dust off their most out-of-date material. This year sees the debut outing of the show sure to become a Fringe favourite. What happens when the world moves on and your favourite comic's freshest material is no longer relevant? Pokémon Go, Princess Diana, The Matrix, the credit crunch... Come and rediscover comedy gold that's been kept in storage... until now!

How to apply: Email [email protected] or message on the Facebook page.


The Big Gay StorySlam

Venue: ​Gilded Balloon Teviot (Nightclub), 13 Bristo Pl, EH8 9AJ
Event date and times: Jul 31 Aug 1-6, 8-11, 14-18, 20-25 at 22:30

The biggest, gayest set of tales the Fringe has ever heard comes out to play in this theatrical performance-meets-storytelling competition. Featuring diverse, bold, and fabulous LGBTQ+ voices and allies telling 100% true stories from different Fringers every night! Celebrating its international debut (after sold-out runs in the United States), Big Gay StorySlam is an exciting blend of theatre, cabaret and documentary art. There is a place for every story on our stage – do you have a tale to tell? Join us to share your fun, fantastic, queer self at the Big Gay StorySlam!

How to apply: All those interested in telling a story, please complete this form.


The Full Irish 

Venue: ​Whistlebinkies, Niddry street    
Event date and times: 3 to 25 August, 11:00

The Full Iish is an " Irish"ish in its 6th year. It is well attended. Open to anyone who claims to be Irish, with full information available in the online application form. 

How to apply: To apply, please fill in the online form.


The Jam Society

Venue: ​Charteris Centre (Just The Sanctum) 138/140 The Pleasance, EH8 9RR
Event date and times: 01-08 August, 18:00

A feel-good comedy cabaret/variety show featuring a host doing absurd/silly comedic material, a live band playing mostly improvised music and guest performers (two to four). Comedians, burlesque artists and circus performers are all welcome. The general tone of the show is funny, silly, and uplifting. The band can improvise a soundtrack for the guest performers.

How to apply: Send an email to [email protected] with your show name, a very description of your act and how many minutes you would require.


The Nasty Show Australia

Venue: ​The Three Sisters, 139 Cowgate, EH1 1JS
Event date and times: 1-25 August (except Mondays) at 22:00

Showcase of professional comics performing filthy / offensive material. Paid.

How to apply: Please email [email protected] with the subject line "Nasty Show Booking" with a clip and info about yourself. Priority will be given to pro comics.


The Salisbury Arms

Venue: ​The Salisbury Arms, 58 Dalkeith Road , EH165AD
Event date and times: 28 Jul - 25 Aug, 15:00-21:00 (Mon,Wed,Thur,Fri,Sat, Sun)  15:00-19:00 (Tues)

Space to showcase performances would be in our Bar Area or outside in the Beer Garden.  Being so close to the main Fringe areas we have a lot of guests who visit us before going on to shows.

How to apply: Please email [email protected] with act details and the date/time you are interested in.


Well, That Was Weird...

Venue: ​The Bier Keller, 14 Picardy Place, EH1 3JT
Event date and times: 01 -25 August, 12:30

A comedy show for those who are sick of the mainstream. Forget Trump gags, Tinder references or cheesy punchlines. At Well, That Was Weird... we are celebrating an eclectic showcase of the Fringe's most alternative acts, performing inventive comedy deemed too bizarre for normal shows. There will be improv, music, theatre, spoken word, stand-up and some stuff so out there you won't even know what to call it, all under the absurd umbrella of comedy. So sit back and enjoy the strange! Hosted by comedy vagabond Shawn Jay and master of weird Ori Halevy.

How to apply: Please send us an email ([email protected]) letting us know what you'd like to perform (ideally with a video of you performing if we don't know you). We are looking for acts which are funny and weird. The three acts at each show will be invited back on stage at the end of the show to play a short improv game with each other and the audience (think truth or dare, or setlist, or whatever else we come up with).


The World's Smallest Comedy Show

Venue: ​Laughing Horse @ The World’s Smallest Fringe Venue
Event date and times: 10 and 11 August - varioys times

Open to any genre of show, performing in two days in or around the world’s smallest fringe venue, a three seat chicken-coop in the very busy Pear tree garden, with the opportunity to promote and flyer your show around the Pear Tree.

How to apply: Contact [email protected]