Month-long festival with a Fringe on top

THIS year s Barnstaple Fringe brochure reveals an unprecedented line-up, brimming with the very best of local talent alongside a wide range of established and renowned UK and international artists. The Fringe, now in its seventh year, is an integral par

THIS year's Barnstaple Fringe brochure reveals an unprecedented line-up, brimming with the very best of local talent alongside a wide range of established and renowned UK and international artists.

The Fringe, now in its seventh year, is an integral part of the North Devon Festival and features live music, comedy and theatre in Barnstaple's pubs, cafes and clubs throughout the 30 days of June.

There will be more than 100 events and 75 per cent of them will be free.

Artists performing include reggae legends Toots and the Maytals, world musician Muntu Valdo, the Arun Ghosh Sextet, The King Blues (who are playing the first night of the world renowned Glastonbury Festival later in June) Rory McLeod, Live Like Lions, Martin Harley, Danny and The Champions of the World, Asere and Storm Warning. Jazz aficionados will no doubt be thrilled by the inclusion of the Marcin Wasilewski Trio, Zoe Schwarz and Rob Koral and Led Bib. Highly acclaimed and home-grown performers Peter Bruntnell and Amy Newton present special 'showcase' evenings for up and coming local acts and a national headliner.


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This year also sees the ever-evolving fourth Fringe Theatrefest which features some 69 performances from 23 local and international companies in non-theatre settings, one of which being a kitchen within a mystery private residence!

The popular indie and alternative music festival that is Wild West Country returns this year as does the revitalized Factory venue, in association with PETROC. Now situated in the old Brannams Factory, the venue hosts a number of live gigs from international artists such as The Mountains and the Trees and Octoberman as well as Toots and the Maytals.

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New for this year and framing the Fringe are two public debates that take an inquiring look at the future for the region, led by Stewart Wallis, executive director of the New Economics Foundation.

The Barnstaple Fringe brochure is available from the Queen's Theatre in Barnstaple, the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe, all the venues taking part this year, and at various outlets in the area.

Barnstaple Fringe 2010 is sponsored by Barnstaple Town Centre Management.

For more information and to view the full line-up visit the website at www.northdevonfestival.org.uk or call the North Devon Festival box office on 01271 32 42 42.

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