Balloon floats south

Edinburgh venue goes to Leicester

The Gilded Balloon Fringe venue is to run a venture outside Edinburgh for the first time.

The company is taking over a building at the Leicester Comedy Festival in February, hosting stand-up and children’s shows in several performance spaces.

It will run its infamous Late N Live nights at the City Rooms site, which will also accommodate the likes of Stephen K Amos, Phil Nicol, Fred MacAulay and Phil Kay.

Festival director Geoff Rowe said the Gilded Balloon’s ‘significant presence… will make a huge contribution to our 16th birthday celebrations’.

The Gilded Balloon – one of the ‘big four’ venues at the Edinburgh Fringe – was established in 1986, moving from its original Cowgate home to Teviot Row House following a devastating blaze in 2002.

The Leicester Comedy Festival will run from February 6 to 13, boasting more than 800 acts at 65 venues.

Published: 8 Dec 2008

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