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Rounding up a busy June
Published on Friday, 25 June 2010

It's been a busy month for Festival-watchers, as this year's line-up is gradually revealed.  With a clutch of programmes launched this month and most box offices now open, it's time to start planning in earnest for this August.  But don't worry if you haven't been keeping track!  We've pulled the key facts together in this ticket news round-up.

 Before we start, there's one important thing you need to know.  The Edinburgh Festival is actually a group of several events, which all take place in the city at (more or less) the same time.  Each of the Festivals has its own programme and box office - and in this round-up, each section covers one Festival. 

Stay on the fringe

Fringe box officeTop of the list is the world-famous Fringe, the biggest open arts festival on the planet.  Whether it's big-name comedians or small-town theatre, classical music or thumping rock, it'll be there somewhere among the Fringe's 2,400 shows.  The only problem is knowing how to choose... and if you're just not sure, you could always hang on until you've had a chance to read some reviews.

But if you know what you want and you'd like to get ahead, the box office is open and the programme's widely available throughout Edinburgh.  The Fringe listings came out a couple of weeks ago, but very little has sold out yet - and with so much on offer, you're sure to find something tempting whenever you dip into the three-week run.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 6 to 30 August (previews from 4 August)

For more information: read our introduction to the Fringe, then our Ticket Alert on this year's programme launch.  If you're ready to start booking, check our guide to Fringe ticketing.

Make it official

Though the Fringe hogs the limelight, the "official" International Festival still holds the trumps in prestige.  This year, director Jonathan Mills has themed his festival on a journey to the New World - with performers from around the globe joining a voyage of celebration and contemplation.

It's a largely high-brow programme, taking in theatre, opera, ballet and modern dance, plus a strong strand of classical music on offer at the Usher Hall.  Booking opened way back in April, but - with the exception of a few hot sellers - most events have a good range of tickets still available.

Edinburgh International Festival, 13 August to 5 September

For more information: read our introduction to the International Festival, then our thoughts on this year's programme.  Use the Hub Tickets website to find out what tickets are still available.

Book yourself in

Book Festival entrance tent
Courtesy Edinburgh International Book Festival
After the all-powerful Fringe, the largest of Edinburgh's Festivals - at least by sheer number of events - is the annual Book Festival at Charlotte Square.  We at FringeGuru love this most accessible of Festivals, where the great and the good gather for a glorious fortnight to face questions from a thoughtful and well-informed audience.

The big names at the Festival sell out very fast, and almost everything fills up eventually, so it's well worth getting on with planning this one.  There are literally hundreds of events still available, from children's activity shows to thought-provoking debates with world experts in their fields.

Edinburgh International Book Festival, 14 to 30 August

For more information: read our introduction to the Book Festival, then our Ticket Alert on this year's programme launch.  Use the Book Festival's website to check the programme and book tickets.

Jazz it up

Courtesy Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival
You don't have to wait till the Fringe starts up to enjoy your first taste of Festival life.  From Friday 30 July, the Jazz and Blues Festival will be occupying a handful of the city's very best venues, laying down a laid-back programme of classic jazz, folk, and the rhythms of the world.

This Festival, too, has a huge sell-out potential, but right now there's no shortage of tickets for the great majority of events.

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, 30 July to 8 August

For more information: read our introduction to the Jazz Festival, then our Ticket Alert on this year's programme launch.  Use the Jazz Festival's website to browse and book tickets.

And there's more...

Fireworks over Castle
Courtesy Stuart Buchanan
Finally for this round-up, let's not forget two of the Festival's major events.

The International Festival's world-famous firework display is on Sunday 5 September, and you can still get tickets to see it from Princes Street Gardens.  The next release of tickets will be on 26 July.  Read more on fireworks ticketing.

Following a batch of returns, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo is not sold out - there are good tickets available for many performances.  Read more in our Ticket Alert and then check the Tattoo website for an availability update.

You're up to date.  Now stay that way!

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