A month of independent entertainment returns to Hastings this Summer with Hastings Fringe Comedy Festival (HFCF) which runs from 10th – 14th June, and Hastings Fringe Festival in June and July. 

The Comedy Fringe team will bring the best of the UK comedy circuit to Hastings for its fifth year.  The town will host 100 shows being performed in 10 venues over five days. Hastings Fringe Comedy Festival will include powerful headliner shows, previews and works in progress from established and up-and-coming comedians, as many prepare for Edinburgh. There will also be performances aimed at a younger audience and the return of HFCF newcomer competition ‘’The Norman Award’’. HFCF is a free Fringe: donations to favourite acts are optional. 

Festival Co-Directors Chris Young and Jake Alexander say: ‘’This is now our fifth year, and we promise this will be our biggest Fringe yet, with dozens of Edinburgh Fringe previews, and some really exciting acts already confirmed. We are happy that we can continue to develop and grow the festival and bring laughter and joy to Hastings…We have 10 venues participating across Hastings Old Town, Hastings town and St Leonards as well as The Comedy Shack on Butlers gap, with shows for all ages. We will be announcing acts soon.’’

Soon after HFCF, Hastings Fringe Festival will return for its sixth successive year. Throughout June and July, venues across Hastings will be buzzing with a wealth of creative talent, showcasing the performing and visual arts. The Hastings Film Fringe also returns, providing a platform for local, national and international filmmakers to showcase feature-length and short films across a range of genres, as well as exciting new commissioned work.

“This year’s Fringe will be bigger and better than ever,” says festival Artistic Director, Heather Alexander, “Our call-outs for performers start this month, and we’ve received loads of expressions of interest – watch this space!” In 2020, the Festivals are collaborating to give an even bigger stage to great talent and promote the vibrant cultural scene in Hastings.

“This is great news for Hastings,” says Heather, “Both Fringes are places where you can always enjoy eclectic performances and discover some of the best new talent first, taking home those moments that truly stick in the memory. This is why we’re so excited to be working together to bring an even bigger line-up to Hastings, building on its reputation as a creative hub of innovation and excellence.”

Free programmes with full listings for Hastings Fringe Comedy Festival will
be available from late April, as well as listings being available soon at

Hastings Fringe Festival launches its programme in May, with free brochures available around town, and listings at www.hastingsfringe.co.uk

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