As a small festival, we are modest fry in the big picture – the live music sector alone is expected to lose £900m this year, according to the UK Live Music Group.


Still, the impact of our cancellation in the Scottish seaside town where we hold Fringe by the Sea every August will be felt. A multi-arts festival with strong community roots, we draw around 20,000 people over ten days and generate an estimated £1m for the local economy.  


Planning for the next year’s festival starts pretty much once the previous one finishes – give or take a few days where we all lie down for a bit. As it was, programming for 2020 was well underway with several headline acts on sale by the time we had to announce the festival couldn’t take place this year. Basement Jaxx had already sold out.


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