Queuing at Fringe Festival: Dealing With Boredom

We all hate queueing for things. Especially if we have to queue for a long time. And when you’re at an event as big as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, you can bet there will be some queuing. You can’t really avoid it, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. There are plenty of things you can do to take your mind off the fact that you’re one of many, just waiting in line.

When it comes to queueing at the Fringe, make sure you leave yourself enough time. Turn up at least 10 minutes before the show, queues start early and they get long very quickly. Keep in mind the distance between the shows you want to catch and make sure you aren’t rushing yourself, the last thing you want is to get across town a sweaty mess, to then stand in a queue for a short while and then watch a show in said sweaty clothes.


The best thing about the Fringe is that anyone can become a performer, so why not put on your own act in the queue? Might be a little out of your comfort zone and not the usual occurrence but why not give it a go? You’ll entertain yourself and those around you. Who knows you might discover a knack for it and want to go to next year’s Fringe as a performer.

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As acts take place all over the city, there’s bound to be something to see while you’re queueing. Watch some free shows and you might see something you’ve never seen before, or something you might never have intended to see in the first place.

Meet People

Why not spark up conversation with the people queueing with you? You’re all there for one thing, United in your love for the arts. You might even discover that you have even more in common and leave with a new friend. You’ll find that people are really friendly and are there to make the most out of their time at the festival. They will also be able to tell you which shows they’ve seen and whether they were bad or good. You never know, you might have that very show on your list and now you know whether it’s going to be worth your time or not!

Food and Drink

Keep your mind off the queue by having something nice to eat and drink. You can find all kinds of foods dotted around, keep boredom at bay by trying something new.

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