Fringe to be biggest ever

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Buxton Festival Fringe has cemented its position as one of the UK’s leading fringe festivals with a massive 170 confirmed events for 2012.

The Fringe is bigger than ever and an essential part of the Fringe trail as it wends its way north from Brighton and Oxford, with Buxton as the final stop before Edinburgh.

“Something for everyone? Absolutely!” said Fringe Chair, Stephanie Billen. “It’s wonderful to see Buxton Festival Fringe firmly established on the national scene.

“We have more entrants than ever, and the quality of events on offer throughout Buxton in July is fantastic.

“You will be able to see a taster of what’s on offer at Fringe Sunday in the Pavilion Gardens on the afternoon of July 8.”

As the Fringe’s profile grows, new acts come from far and wide to participate, and this year entrants span the globe; in Dance, Key Physical Theatre from Taiwan are ‘Rambling in an Empty Room’, in Spoken Word, John Rainer brings us Prufrock’s World fresh from a hit run in New York and in Music, Llangollen International Eisteddfod competitors, the Guelph Chamber Choir from Canada, perform in Tideswell.

Across the board there is a mix of established favourites returning and exciting newcomers to the Fringe. This year’s Fringe sees a big increase in Comedy entrants, many of them bound for Edinburgh.

As ever, Theatre and Music form the backbone of the programme and of course, there are plenty of local favourites to catch up with as well.

The printed programme will be distributed from the beginning of June and officially launched at Club Acoustic, Old Clubhouse on Wednesday, June 13, but until then the 2012 line-up is on the website at http://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk/descriptions2012.html.

The Fringe can also be found on Facebook, Twitter (@BuxtonFringe) and at the Buxton Advertiser’s blog, accessible from the Fringe website.