‘It’s great to be back’: return of Edinburgh Fringe sees surge in sales

Attenders thrilled at festival but disgusted at the price of rooms, while venues are relieved at the bums on seats

The past two summers without a full Edinburgh fringe have “felt weird” for Kwong Chan and his improvisational comedy troupe in Norwich, but they are overjoyed to come back and soak up the same atmosphere as in 2019. This is Chan’s fifth visit to gain inspiration and see something he has “never seen before” – the only challenge is trying to choose between the festival’s enormous, eclectic range of shows.

“Everyone’s happy, it’s a high energy, positive environment. It’s great to be back, I won’t lie,” he said, adding that he is struggling to choose between over 3,000 shows. “It feels like there’s more going on than usual. More billboards, more to choose from.”

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