Edinburgh Fringe comic slams rising costs of appearing at festival

A comic says she is “unsure” if she will attend the Edinburgh Fringe again due to rocketing prices.

Eva Bindeman, 35, travelled to the capital in 2023 for 13 dates of her comedy show, but following the experience, she was forced to “sit and think” this year on whether attending the 2024 event was the right decision for her, reports Edinburgh Live.

She said soaring prices during the cost of living crisis along with the average costs of accommodation, posters and the organisation of flyers, all mean it would be “insanity” for her to go through the same experience again.

However, Eve said the experience did push her to become a better performer and that being a part of the Fringe is a worthwhile experience. But she feels “frustrated” that it almost feels like a luxury to be a part of now.

A spokesperson for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society said they are there to help artists at any part of their career with “year round support”.

Eva said: “I feel like I was a bit naïve with the Fringe really. I was able to stay on a friend’s sofa so I was covered on the accommodation front, but it was just cripplingly expensive to be there.

“The cost of living has gone up as well so comedy is a really hard thing to be doing right now. Each year the cost just leaps and it doesn’t feel like it’s got the same investment.

“The prices are wild, I think I spent £1,000 last year on posters and that was for one large poster near my venue, one smaller picture outside the venue and six posters around the city. Everything just sat on me quite awkwardly and there are no cheap ways of doing it now and I just feel uncomfy going back.

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