Buxton Fringe is heading back down under in 2014

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One of the Buxton Festival Fringe’s most popular venues has been given a reprieve.

After fearing that this year would be the last for the iconic Pauper’s Pit and Barrel Room beneath the Old Hall Hotel, it has been confirmed that both venues will be open again for Fringe performances in 2014.

Tom Crawshaw of Underground Venues, who will continue to manage the spaces, said: “We’re hugely excited to return for our ninth Fringe, and overjoyed that the atmospheric Old Hall pits will still be a part of it - the perfect complement to our programme at the Pavilion Arts Centre.”

Higher Buxton nightspots TRUNK (formerly The Spa Bar) and Level 2 will welcome Fringe audiences and performers for the first time in 2014.

• Buxton Fringe’s annual general meeting will take place at the Old Hall Hotel on Wednesday November 13 at 7pm, and anyone keen to become involved behind the scenes, or who has an interest in the Fringe, is invited to go along and find out more.

The AGM will also witness the departure of out-going Fringe chair Stephanie Billen and the election of new officers.