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Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023

Join us at Le Monde hotel for The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023 with intimate up-close performances for all. Whether you like music or magic, we have something for everyone. We are so excited to welcome and host an amazing line up of acts here at Le Monde for a renaissance of the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival began its life in 1947 with several acts spread across 5 venues throughout the city. Today, the festival has over 2600 host venues, 300 acts and over 200 street vendors selling local Scottish produce. 2018 saw the festival reach the highest attendee volume at over 3 million across the entire city, making it the most popular culture and arts festival internationally, only to be beaten by the World Cup and Olympics by ticket sales.

Le Monde hotel has played a role in offering our iconic Dirty Martini & Shanghai  event space as a venue for Fringe acts over the years, and this year is our most ambitious yet!

We are excited to announce we will be host to 12 different shows throughout the festival.


Absolute(Fab Choir)
No decade is untouched – from classics by Bill Withers to the million-streamed Harry Styles. Bring some sunshine into your day with The Proclaimers and know that This Is The Life with Amy McDonald. Bowie to Keane. Coldplay to James Bay. I’m sure you’ll find one of your favourites in amongst the foray.

(19/08/23 at 7pm)


Adele Someone Like Me
Madeira’s own Sarah Borges expresses her own exceptional talent through the great songs of world superstar Adele. Celebrating all the hits from Hello, Skyfall, Rolling in the Deep, Easy on Me to Someone Like You. Relax into the plush cabaret setting of Le Monde on George Street and soak up the magic (and the cocktails!). By the team behind Oliver Harris.

(03/08/23 – 27/08/23 at 4pm)

Ali Affleck Celebrates Nina Simone – Little Girl Blue
A carefully considered celebration of the trailblazing musician Nina Simone. Award-winning Ali and her all-star band (Paul Harrison, Ewan Hastie, Colin Steele, Tom Gordon) span the master musician’s career and perform classic works that will stir emotions. An evocative, intimate and passionate journey – some of the most powerful songs written by a true icon! Early booking advised! ‘Stunningly expressive’ ***** (San Diego Union-Tribune). ‘Musical Storyteller’ (Scotsman). ‘Gorgeous voice… superb precision in using her instrument’ (LA Times).

(23/08/23 – 24/08/23 at 7.30pm)

Alphabet Soup – Serving Hot LGBTQIA+ Comedy Brunch
You’re all invited to Queer Comedy Brunch hosted by world’s first hermaphrodite comic 7G and hilarious bisexual baddie Alyssa Poteet. Strap-in and strap-on because these LA producers are bringing the best LGBTQIA+ talent comedy has to offer! Alphabet Soup is taking over Le Monde Hotel’s Shanghai Nightclub and serving up brunch daily featuring world-class comedians, drag performers, prizes, craft cocktails, big-name VIPs and the best rising star drop-ins from the Fringe. Something for everyone… maybe too salty for some. Every day is a brand-new recipe, featuring all letters in our tasty alphabet.

(04/05/23 – 28/08/23 at 1pm)

America the Epic- The Hot Jazz & Blues Roots That Changed the World
Forget ‘Party like Gatsby’; This is the real deal! A fresh new show featuring an international band of women who play authentic old-time music and know the history. Featuring low-slung blues and scorching jazz hits from 1851-1933. Come discover what Tents, Trains and Traveling Janes meant during this pivotal time. Wild music was created and the pioneering bandleaders were wilder still! ‘Outstanding’ ***** (Edinburgh49.org). ‘Vivacious stage presence’ (Herald). ‘Not a household name yet – but soon will be’ (BBC Sounds). ‘Musical storyteller’ (Scotsman).

(16/08/23 – 20/08/23 at 9pm)

Beach Boys Sounds
The UK’s leading Beach Boys tribute act The Beached Boys comes to the Edinburgh Fringe. Hear live hits such as California Girls, I Get Around, Surfin’ USA, Barbara Ann and many more. Tickets for this session of Hawaiian shirts and Good Vibrations will sell out fast, so book early to avoid disappointment!

(08/08/23 – 19/08/23 at 1pm)


Bessie Smith and the Blues Queens
Bye bye Gatsby! Ali is celebrating 30 years of pioneering blues and hokum (1913-1933). Award-winning vocalist (and jazz historian) with an all-star band! Celebrate the brave and bawdy blues queens who reigned in the prohibition era – many sadly forgotten over time. The music was bold – the women even more so! ‘Masterclass in grassroots jazz/blues’ ***** (Edinburgh49.org). ‘Not a household name yet – she soon will be’ (BBC Jazzhouse). ‘Musical storyteller’ (Scotsman). ‘Astounding vocals’ ***** (San Diego Union-Tribune). ‘Vivacious’ (Herald). Six-time nominee for Best Vocalist (Scottish Jazz Awards).

(22/08/23 – 27/08/23 at 9pm)

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons performed by the False Seasons
All the hits from Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons performed by the UK tribute act The False Seasons. Singing favourites including Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like a Man, Grease and many more… Tickets to experience December ’63 in August ’23 will sell out fast so book early!

(18/08/23 – 18/08/23 at 3pm)

The Greatest Show Songs
The incredible Oliver Harris sings the great songs from Les Misérables, Chess, Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, We Will Rock You and many more. The setting is a perfect place to hear the greatest show songs by one of the UK’s hottest new stars.

(03/08/23 – 27/08/23 at 5.30pm)

Paul Zenon in Monkey Business
The amazing, strange-but-true story behind the weird stuff advertised in vintage American comics. Incredible! Alive! Scientific! A nostalgic deep-dive into the cynical sea of con tricks targeting kids – a world of wonder, promising the Moon on a stick, but which generally delivered just a stick. A really small one. Be the first on your block! A brand-new work, written and presented by Paul Zenon, award-winning snake-oil salesman and honest liar. ‘The perfect raconteur’ (FringeReview.co.uk). ‘Genuinely funny… mesmerising stuff’ (Empire Magazine). Guaranteed to shock and amaze or your money back!* (*Terms and conditions apply.)

(08/08/23 – 27/08/23 at 2.30pm)


Ronnie Golden: Allo Keith! Remembering Barry Cryer
Ronnie Golden: Allo Keith! Remembering Barry Cryer. One year on from the passing of the comedy legend, Ronnie, his writing and performing partner for nearly two decades, has put together a show celebrating Barry’s singular career while pondering life’s eternal questions like what does an “occasional table” do the rest of the time? Prepare yourself for comedy anthems from the Cryer/Golden songbook, ribald celebrity tales and enough parrot jokes to fill a small aviary. Golden flits effortlessly from musical impersonation to hilarious one-liners; from self-penned songs to the gobsmackingly bizarre.

(04/08/23 – 20/08/23 at 5pm)

Steve Archibald – An Evening With…
Ex-Hibs, Aberdeen, Tottenham, Barcelona and Scotland striker Steve Archibald discusses his extraordinary football career in an intimate setting for one night only! A Scottish title under Alex Ferguson for Aberdeen, two FA Cup medals and one UEFA Cup with Spurs, a La Liga title for Barca under Terry Venables, two World Cup finals for Scotland and still the only person to appear on two different songs on one Top of the Pops episode! A night for all football fans.

(03/08/23 @ 8pm)


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