LA Salami performs at Trinity Church as part of the Ventnor Fringe Festival on the Isle of Wight. Picture courtesy of Eileen Long Photography.
MORE acts and bigger crowds helped to make this year’s Ventnor Fringe Festival a resounding success.
Founder Jack Whitewood said feedback from artistes and audiences alike had been positive — with many already talking about a return and some vowing to take a break from Edinburgh’s legendary fringe in favour of the Ventnor version.
On Thursday night, six shows at venues around the town, each sold out and there were big crowds for performances throughout the four-day arts festival, which featured close to 350 performers.
This year’s fringe featured several new venues and a new 'secret’ bar, hidden in the basement of the fringe office, accessed through a door marked cloakroom.
Trinity Church hosted several performances and another performance area, the Yurt in the Woods, was set-up in the grounds — with both proving a hit with audiences.
"We have never used the church before, it is normally only open a few hours a week on a Sunday. A lot of people who came to watch performances there have never been inside before and never knew what it was like," said Jack.
There could be good news for those already missing the fringe, thanks to plans to keep the Church Street box office open as an arts venue, all year round.
Catch up with reviews from the weekend here.