Founded in 2002 by Dan Lerner and Guardian journalist Helen Pidd, Fest was launched with the goal of bringing a fresh editorial voice to the crowded Festival market. Over the course of many years, it has grown steadily to become the largest magazine covering the Edinburgh Festivals.
Fest publishes six magazines in total – a chunky preview guide in July, which serves as a handbook for the whole of the festival; and five festival issues packed full of reviews and features which hits the streets every Tuesday and Friday during the Fringe. We print 125,000 magazines over the summer, which means you can find Fest pretty much anywhere in Edinburgh.
Fest has built up a formidable journalistic reputation at the Festivals and for a number of years Fest writers have taken home either one or both of the prestigious Allen Wright Awards for Arts Journalism.
We have assembled a number of successful partnerships at the Fringe, including a long-standing association with Amnesty International.
2015 marked a new phase for Fest, joining Radge Media alongside their sister title, The Skinny, with a complete overhaul of the design.