Edinburgh Festival Fringe performers, prepare your big fat bribes

This article is from 2015

Big Fat Fringe Bribe blog 2014: Swiss Cheese

Nice house, shame about the holes

Show us the goods and your show may come good with some exposure from The List

If you’ve been keeping up with the news this week, then no doubt you’ll have heard the rumours that a certain high-profile organisation may have been accepting bribes. Now, dear readers, it’s time to set the record straight: yes, we at The List can be bought.

Last year, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was made up of 49,497 performances of 3,193 shows in 299 venues, making it the largest ever arts festival in the world. In other words, making your show stand out from the crowd can be a job and a half. That’s where we come in.

If you send us a bribe (read: merchandise, tat or otherwise), your show might get a brief mention in one of our free festival guides, on our Big Fat Bribe Blog and on our social media channels. But here’s the thing: we're after something more interesting than a picture of your nana's shortbread to show off to our readers and Twitter followers (no matter how tasty you think it is). We want to be wowed. Make us feel like the most popular girl on prom night, and show us that it’s worth our while to enter the murky underworld of bribery.

To give you an idea of what to aim for, in the past we have been sent a house made entirely of cheese (complete with Babybel wax curtains), wearable dog ears, sequinned incontinence pants, a cherub bottle stopper, crab paste, a personalised oil painting and an afternoon with Manuel from the Faulty Towers Dining Experience. The stranger the better, but please, nothing financial or sexual. We draw the line at bejewelled Tena Lady.

Once you've decided which game-changing object to send us, tweet us at @thelistmagazine to let us know it's coming, using the hashtag #bigfatbribe, then send your best effort to:

Big Fat Festival Bribe
The List
14 High Street

Remember – the cheese house is the one to beat.