Here we go...

The Swindon Fringe Festival is back and bigger than ever before. After going through a very successful application process and a heart warming crowd funding appeal, we can officially announce that there will be 43 acts performing in 4 venues from the 1st - 9th April 2017. With almost twice as many shows and a day shorter than last year, the Swindon Fringe will be bringing you a Music Festival, Family Shows, Stand Up Comedy and some hard hitting Dramas.

The Swindon Fringe Festival is delighted to announce their first ever Music Festival being played at The Victoria on 2nd April 2017. Featuring many local favourites such as Sweet Nightingale and Spunking Octochoke, Swindon will also be visited by some big band greats from around the UK. There will be Rock, Pop, Jazz and Punk for the mainstream lovers and some Blues, Flamenco, Folk and Avant Garde Sounds for the alternative types. The Victoria will also be the main home to the Stand Up Comedy nights. Matt Hoss will be coming back again along with local comedian, Tony Cowards to help us laugh in the evenings.

As a way of welcoming a new family to the Swindon Arts scene, the Swindon Fringe Festival will also be hosting events at The Bohemian Balcony. The Palladium on Jennings St in Rodbourne has been taken over by a very creative crew who want to make a wonderful collective work space for all artists in Swindon to share. Seb Wolfe, resident writer at The Bohemian Balcony, will be previewing his show, The Justice Equation alongside a London based writer, Zoe Smith with Breaking Point. There will be an Opening Night on Friday 31st March where the public will get a little taster of what the Swindon Fringe Festival will entail. With the lovely sounds of Canute’s Plastic Army and some wonderful Stand Up Comedy entertainment lined up, there will be prize draw and a chance to meet and great some of the acts performing during the week.

It wouldn’t be a Fringe without performances at the Shoebox Theatre. Improv, Drama and Physical Theatre brought to you by local groups such as Gatecrash Theatre, DTA and Alex Secker alongside some Bristol greats, HimmelTheater and NOxThree Theatre Company. To get even more Fringe-y, the Shoebox will also feature a full afternoon of Soundscapes and Art Installations on Saturday 8th April. A lovely addition to the Swindon Fringe Festival next year will be The Swinge Bar. It will be filled with food and drink from Swindon’s treasured businesses (Crop Circle, Darkroom Espresso, Pippin’s Donuts) for you to enjoy while watching the shows.

And to finish off, the Swindon Fringe Festival will be bringing you some Magic, Musicals, more Stand Up Comedians and Family Shows at the Town Hall. Sell out performer Rob Gee is coming back with Kevin, King of Egypt and we will be welcoming some new BBC Stand Up comedians Louise Rey and Abi Roberts. There will be puppetry with The Homeless Panda and some comedic magic tricks in Laughs With Tricks. The list could go on and on with every performance coming next year, but you could have a look for yourselves at for the full schedule.

Tickets will be on sale by the end of January. Keep an eye of the Swindon Fringe Festival coming to you from 1st – 9th April 2017.

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