The Sidmouth Fringe Sessions are a series of intimate musical performances spread over 5 nights from 7.00pm til late (2pm - late on Monday) held around the first week of August.
Situated on the edge of the sleepy coastal Devon village of Salcombe Regis (near Sidmouth), it centres around a traditional oak-framed building (McBuzz’s Barn) complete with veranda and adjoining marquee. The event coincides with (but independent of) the long-established Sidmouth Folk Festival where thousands of colourful music lovers descend on the valley for the week.
The Sessions celebrate the very best in emerging acts, breaking artists and under-the-radar musicians - not just locally but from across the whole UK. The Fringe has been supported by BBC Introducing (Devon & Cornwall) over recent years who have co-hosted the shows. Add to this, occasional international touring artists, and you have a fantastic mini festival of live music in an authentic setting.
"Without doubt the highlight of the summer festival circuit with a line-up that challenges and beats anything else in the county in terms of its quality and consistency”
James Santer - Presenter/Producer,
BBC Introducing in Devon
@ Sidmouth Fringe 2021...
The music is an eclectic mix of many genres - and has included folk/roots, bluegrass, stomp, blues, acoustic, jazzfusion, world and indie rock/pop - plus everything in-between.
On the middle Monday there is the popular Fringe Marquee Sessions - FREE to all - but with artist donations encouraged! It starts at 2.00pm with a selection of some of the most exciting musicians and bands from the region. A lovely relaxed environment to enjoy some great live music!.
The venue is adjacent to the 'alternative' festival campsite (for most of the year a golf course) so there is camping and glamping with showers available right next door on the 22 acre site.
A range of excellent local beers, lagers, ciders are served with a smile from McBuzz's bar and there are hot food stalls selling tasty stuff all evening with vege and vegan and GF options.
2018 Fringe highlights