BBC returns to Edinburgh: tickets released for live events

With our Edinburgh output following on so soon after our Commonwealth Games sport and cultural programmes, there are more great moments planned for our audiences across the summer and beyond.Donalda MacKinnon, Head of Programmes and Services, BBC Scotland
Date: 09.06.2014     Last updated: 09.06.2014 at 12.25
Following the release of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe programme, tickets are now available for a range of BBC shows taking place in Edinburgh throughout August.

This year, the BBC returns to Edinburgh to give audiences around the UK a front-row seat at the world’s biggest festival of performance. Across radio, TV and online, the BBC will broadcast highlights and live performances daily, capturing hidden gems, the biggest names and the most exciting new talent from across the Festivals. 

Jonty Claypole, Director of Arts, says: “The Edinburgh Festivals are some of the most exciting, creative, and entertaining cultural events in the world. We’re delighted that the BBC will be on hand to capture another season of captivating performances showcasing the best that Edinburgh has to offer across BBC TV, radio and online.” 

The BBC returns to its dedicated BBC@Potterrow venue for the fourth year, bringing the best of the Festivals to audiences at home and in Edinburgh. The BBC’s tented village will open from Friday 1 August to Sunday 24 August from 9am to 1am daily, offering a range of free BBC shows and events. The BBC will broadcast live from the site, covering content from across Edinburgh’s summer Festivals. 

Donalda MacKinnon, Head of Programmes and Services for BBC Scotland says: “The BBC’s Edinburgh Festivals coverage is just one of a number of big events for us here in Scotland in 2014, having just concluded a very successful Radio 1 Big Weekend in Glasgow. With our Edinburgh output following on so soon after our Commonwealth Games sport and cultural programmes, there are more great moments planned for our audiences across the summer and beyond.” 

This year, 10 of the BBC’s radio networks will broadcast from Edinburgh. Radio highlights will include: 

  • BBC Radio Scotland: MacAulay and Co, The Culture Studio, The Jazz House 
  • BBC Radio Nan Gàidheal: Rapal, Feasgar 
  • BBC Radio 2: Simon Mayo Drivetime, The Radio 2 Arts Show 
  • BBC Radio 3: In Tune, Late Junction, Jazz on 3, Free Thinking, The Verb, 15 Edinburgh International Festival concerts live from the Queen’s Hall and six concerts from the Usher Hall recorded for future broadcast, including two from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. 
  • BBC Radio 4: The Infinite Monkey Cage, Front Row, Comic Fringes, The Brig Society, Sketchorama, Loose Ends, Just a Minute, Today, Bridget Christie Minds the Gap, Bookclub 
  • BBC Radio 4 Extra: The BBC Radio New Comedy Award 
  • BBC Radio 5 Live: Richard Bacon 
  • BBC Radio 6 Music: Shaun Keaveny 
  • BBC Asian Network: Nihal 
  • BBC World Service: World Have Your Say

On television, Sue Perkins and Kirsty Wark will host two new series of programmes across BBC Two and BBC Four. BBC Three will host Seann Walsh’s Late Night Comedy Spectacular, BBC Two will broadcast a special edition of Newsnight live from Edinburgh, and BBC One will return to The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

For the first time, BBC Arts Online ( will capture the best of the Edinburgh Festivals – offering daily highlights and capturing performances, opinion and debate throughout August.

As always, there will be a huge range of free activity on site – audiences can enjoy live broadcasts, Festivals highlights, behind-the-scenes masterclasses, screenings, and hands-on activities. Each weekend, CBBC and CBeebies favourites will join forces with BBC Learning and take over the venue to educate, entertain and inform younger Festival goers. And from 1 to 3 August, the big screen will show highlights from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Full listings and free tickets for BBC@Potterrow shows are available from from 5 June 2014.

Follow @BBCEdFest on Twitter for more details as they’re announced.

Notes to Editors

There is more arts on the BBC than ever before. BBC Arts is giving the British public a front-row seat at some of the most exciting cultural events across the UK - giving the public access, nationally and globally, to the greatest writers, performers and thinkers in a way that no one else can.

BBC Arts Online captures the best arts programming across the BBC and is an open space for arts journalism, comment, opinion and debate.