Mango Bike Spotting in Edinburgh

Clothing designers people watch from neck to ankle, plane spotters never look down and I am generally found walking into lamposts/letterboxes/5 year olds in the quest to check out every bike I see.

And so, last weekend, Edinburgh was on the bike spotting list.  We’ve dispatched quite a few bikes to the EH postcodes over the last few months but the real reason for the trip was our annual pilgrimage to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

If you’ve been you’ll know what an amazing setup it is.  If you’ve not been, make it a priority on the To-Do list.  There’s loads of stuff for kids, adults and everything in between.  From early morning bubble shows to late night improvised acting, every genre from music, politics, comedy, theatre and loads more is covered.  You can pay well to see the A-List performers or there’s loads of really good free stuff all over the city.

Over the past few years attendance and honing our festival skills I’ve realised that it’s almost best to not plan too much.

  • Don’t plan too many shows in a day; you’ll be banjoed and not enjoy the later ones plus a full schedule has no flexibility.  You risk missing out on some great shows you didn’t know about but were recommended later.
  • Don’t plan all over the city; whilst a bit of moving around is inevitable (and good to see around the city) you’ll end up going to and fro too much and get pissed off.   Target 1 show during the day and 1 at night then see what else is on after you finish them.  We’ve uncovered some right little gems using the Fringe App and “Nearby Now” section.

Here are my 6 things about the festival.  This could be 3 things or 300 things but it’s just the 6 that came to mind.

1. Street Stuff

The street performers are something else. Free (apart from the few £’s you donate) and in lots of cases totally amazing.

Bucket Boy is one of my favourite to see every year.

2. Kids Show Good – Adult Show Bad

Quite a few of the acts do a children’s show during the day and then have an adult only event at night

We saw Marty and Logy with the kids during the day they were excellent in Circus Sonas Family Show

They also do a late night Circus Sonas: DTCB Prison Years but think they maybe hadn’t practised the routine quite so much…………

3. Music

There are loads of otions here from bagpipes to rock choirs to baby raves to whatver you want.

1 hour of brilliance from start to finsh at Frisky & Mannish’s Poplab

4. Grub

Holy smokes there are some treats to behold.

Head to George Square where Underbelly and Assembly are located.

Don’t eat from the first food stall you see as they are located all round the square and have every cuisine you can think and not-think of.

5. Comedy

PopLab was in the The Assembly arena which is right next door to the Underbelly where Micky Bartlett has a late night show.

But it was booked out by the time we got out of PopLab

Reginald D Hunter was a more than worthy and excellent substitute.  Why do audiences heckle professional comedians?

4. Missed Out

Sometimes you do random shows and regret it.  My regret is usually based around being 6ft6 and pulled up on stage to make a twonk of myself.

However, sometimes those shows on a whim uncover some little gems.

One of those late night finds 3 or 4 years ago that turned out to be an absolute diamond – Christopher Bliss

But his show started the day after we left this  year – boo hoo!

Oh yeah – spotted 2 Mango’s must go back next year to find more………