In the lead up to our inaugural summer fundraising gala, A Midsummer Night's Fringe, we've asked the performers in our show-stopping line-up to share their experiences of taking part in England's largest arts festival and their motivation to support its future.
This week we spoke to Geoff Robb the award winning guitarist who’s compositions blend his classical training and background in healing with his love of Spanish and Celtic music. He'll be performing his original Spanish & Celtic guitar pieces at our upcoming gala at Brighton Open Air Theatre on Tuesday 3 July. Get your tickets now!
Why is Brighton Fringe important to you?
Brighton Fringe is a great opportunity to promote a show because so many people are looking for things to go and see. Lots of people don’t realise it is the biggest arts festival in the UK after Edinburgh so it is great to have it happening here in Brighton.
How has being part of Brighton Fringe helped you?
Over the years I have tried different formats of shows and worked with different artists so it has been a great way for me to see what works and also to perform with great artists. All of my gigs this Spring/Summer have been part of a tour to showcase my new album of original guitar music ‘The Burren’. Being part of a festival line-up really helps with getting the word out about the show.
What’s the best thing about Brighton Fringe?
I love the way it takes over the city for the whole month and because it is such a big event it attracts a large contingent of Arts Industry representatives who are looking for shows to book.
What’s your best memory of Brighton Fringe?
Winning the award this year!
What would you say to a performer thinking about taking part?
For a small show or unknown act the cost is high and I know lots of musicians who just don’t want to ‘pay to play’ but if you do it well, get your marketing right and have a good show it is definitely worth it. I never make a big profit on the show but I have never lost money and there is always a good chance of the event leading to other performances.
Why should people attend A Midsummer Night’s Fringe?
A great way to end the festivities and see the best of the fest!