Wednesday 1 August, 2018

Edinburgh Festival Fringe is Back at the National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh      

Three fun-filled Friday nights of Fringe entertainment, the return of Gilded Balloon at the Museum, daily live pop-up music performances and this summer’s major music exhibition Rip it Up will feature in a lively, packed programme of Edinburgh Festival Fringe events at the National Museum of Scotland.

Following four years of sell-out success, the hugely popular Museum After Hours: Friday Fringe Takeover returns on Friday 10, 17 and 24 August for three exhilarating nights. Offering a unique taste of the festival, handpicked performers will come together to showcase highlights from their acts, against the backdrop of the National Museum of Scotland. From the Grand Gallery’s main stage to more intimate spaces across the Museum, guests can discover National Museums Scotland’s world class collections whilst embracing the festival atmosphere with music, comedy and more.

Guest programmed by The List, this adults-only extravaganza presents a different line-up each week with some of the best acts of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe all under one roof.

Artists and performers include; Ali McGregor, an award-winning cabaret sensation, performing jazz reworking’s and trash mash-ups; Newsrevue, a fast moving mix of comedy with sketches and songs propelling audiences through the world’s news and current events and Six, a comedy musical based on the six wives of Henry VIII who take to the mic to tell their empowering tale of 500 years of historical heartbreak.

In addition to live performances, Fringe-goers can strike a pose at a themed selfie studio, explore a range of hands-on activities around the Museum, and enjoy pop-up bars as well as access to this summer’s five-star exhibition, Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop.

Festival favourite, Free Fringe Music, returns to the Museum to celebrate the launch of Rip It Up in partnership with Live Music Now Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University’s Popular Music Course and Edinburgh Gay Men’s Chorus. Some of Scotland’s best contemporary music talents will perform an exciting blend of Scottish pop, traditional Scottish songs and instrumental sets live every day during the festival. Fun for all the family, visitors can embrace the festival atmosphere in the Grand Gallery at 2:05pm, from 4–26 August.

Pop-Up Duets (fragments of love) returns to the Museum this August. Based around the theme of love, these site-specific dance performances from Janis Claxton Dance will pop up in the Grand Gallery with music composed by Pippa Murphy.

Fringe favourites, Gilded Balloon return to the Museum to present 27 days of inspiring and diverse programming, showcasing the very best in music, theatre and comedy featuring one of Scotland’s best loved stand-ups Fred MacAuley and Britain’s Got Talent’s Daliso Chaponda on his debut stand-up tour. There will also be outstanding children’s shows from Mark Thompson’s Spectacuar Science Show, and world team beat box champions and vocal supergroup, The Beatbox Collective.

Summary of event listings

Museum After Hours: Friday Fringe Takeover

Friday 10, 17 & 24 August 2018


Tickets: £18/£16 concessions (includes admission to Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop)

Over 18s only

Tickets are on sale now. Tel: 0300 123 6789 or book online at:

Rip It Up: The Story of Scottish Pop

Until 25 November 2018


Tickets: £10/£8, Child (12-15) £7. Members and under 12s Free.

For more information and to book tickets visit

Free Fringe Music

4–10, 12–26 August 2018



Discover the full programme

Pop-Up Duets (Fragments of love)

15–19, 22–26 August 2018



For more information visit

Gilded Balloon at the Museum

1–27 August 2018

Various times and prices

For more information and to book tickets visit

30 July 2018


Further information and images from Katie McAllister, Press Office, National Museums Scotland on 0131 247 4391 or email

Notes to Editors

  1. National Museums Scotland is one of the leading museum groups in the UK and Europe and it looks after collections of national and international importance. The organisation provides loans, partnerships, research and training in Scotland and internationally. Our individual museums are the National Museum of Scotland, the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Rural Life and the National War Museum. The National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh houses conservation and research facilities as well as collections not currently on display.

  2. The National Museum of Scotland is the most popular attraction in the country outside of London (source: Association of Leading Visitor Attractions). The National Museum of Scotland was awarded ‘Gold’ Level Green Tourism Visitor Attraction status in 2016.

  3. For more information about Gilded Balloon visit

  4. For more information about Free Fringe Music visit

  5. For more information about Museum After Hours visit

  6. Discover the story of Scottish pop music at the National Museum of Scotland as we take you on a musical journey from the 1950s to the present day. Rip It Up, from 22 June – 25 November 2018. Visit

  7. Bheireadh Oifis nam Meadhanan eadar-theangachadh Gàidhlig den bhrath-naidheachd seachad do bhuidhinn mheadhanan bharantaichte. Cuiribh fios do dh'Oifis nam Meadhanan airson bruidhinn air cinn-latha freagarrach.

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