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New Fringe Festival Looks To Create A Hint Of Edinburgh
It may not quite be on a par with the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, but there is definitely a new kid in town in Staffordshire. And the first ever Lichfield Fringe Festival, which takes place in and around the city over the three days from Friday 14th July to Sunday 16th July, promises a similar mix of live entertainment featuring comedy, music, dance and film, and various other things besides. In fact, the Lichfield Fringe Festival will deliver an exciting mixture of music, comedy, street art, performance art, fashion and food with the aim of producing a diverse menu of choice for the people of Lichfield and beyond to enjoy.
Comedian Gary Delaney is one of the headline acts
Stars of stage and screen have been signed up to appear at the festival, including regulars of television's Mock the Week, Gary Delaney and John Robins, plus fellow comedian and Live at the Apollo star Patrick Monaha. But away from stand-up comedy, other headline acts include former X Factor contestant Rebekah Ryan, while further music is provided by local bands such as Venkman and The Strumtroopers, described as a multi-instrumental ukulele based covers band. In fact, the Lichfield Fringe Festival aims to showcase mainly local performers, artists, actors, musicians, comedians and poets alongside the more well-known names with the emphasis placed on young, vibrant and original.
The Beerbohm bar provides one of the Fringe Festival venues
The Festival will be taking place at a range of new venues across the city, including Lichfield Rugby Club, the Guildhall, both the George lV and Beerbohm drinking establishments. And The Red Carpet Cinema Club at nearby Barton-under-Needwood will also be brought into use on Sunday 16th July when it holds a Monty Python night featuring the film Monty Python And The Holy Grail, followed by a meal and favourite Python sketches and songs performed by The Lichfield Fringe Players. Lichfield Rugby Club will be hosting comedy nights on July 14 and 15 with doors opening each evening at 7pm. But the festival will also feature street performances over the course of the three days, such as the 3 Spires Shopping Centre.
Patrick Monahan takes his stand-up to Lichfield Rugby Club
Full details of the programme and how to book tickets can be found by visiting the Lichfield Fringe Festival website or by Twitter @lichfringefest or the festival's Facebook page lichfringefest