A festival of fun
For the next four days (23-26 Aug) we'll be broadcasting the Richard Bacon show from the 64th Edinburgh Festival, where we'll have the pleasure of being joined by some of Britain's finest comedians, actors and musicians.
This year's festival has attracted some of the biggest names in comedy as well as some performers that you wouldn't normally associate with the Fringe - even the rapper Dizzee Rascal is making an appearance.
Before I reveal what you can expect to hear on 5 live between 2-4pm this week here's a Fringe stat that you can use to show off to your friends: the Fringe will feature 40,254 performances made up of 2,453 different shows involving (wait for it) an estimated 21,148 performers... pretty impressive.
We will be setting up our broadcasting equipment around various locations in the city throughout the week and it wasn't a hard decision to decide to present the first show from the heart of the festival - The Royal Mile.
We arrived at 8am this morning and the performers were already out in force promoting their acts. Our first challenge to overcome was carrying all of our equipment up The Royal Mile, dodging the crowds and squeezing past lamp posts - which I'm sure have grown almost as wide as the pavement due to the numerous layers of promotional posters that keep being placed on top of one another.
(Above: one of the many lamp posts that have tripled in size!)
Whilst I'm at the Festival I'll be armed with a camera shooting video of our guests and the performances we come across. I'll be taking photos as Richard tries to get through the streets in one piece - not because he's a wanted man after his 'ahem' stand up performance last year - but as he battles through the thousands of daily visitors (last year the Fringe sold 1.85 million tickets; there's another stat for you).
Tuesday will see us coming live from a pub garden and on Wednesday and Thursday Richard will be presenting the programme in front of a live audience as we set up shop at The Underbelly at the McEwan Hall.
Over the next four days you'll have the pleasure of hearing Ian Rankin, Richard E Grant, John Bishop, Rhod Gilbert, John Michie (who plays DI Robbie Ross in Taggart), Reginald D Hunter, Chris Addison and Alex Salmond to name a few. Plus we'll have live music from The Coral and numerous street and cabaret acts.
Don't forget to download the Daily Bacon podcast to listen back to our best interviews from the festival and to hear Richard's daily diary; plus some general "Bacon banter".
All the content I'll be producing will be available on the Richard Bacon programme page.
I'll leave you with this: it has been estimated that if you wanted to see every performance back to back at the Fringe it would take you 5 years, 11 months and 16 days. We've only got four days so we'd better get a move on.