Preview: Cowes Fringe Festival, Cowes, Isle of Wight

Preview: Cowes Fringe Festival, Cowes, Isle of Wight

The quirky and creative are set to collide, as the first-ever dynamic fringe event in Cowes delivers an explosion of art and culture through performances and workshops, from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 May.

Hosted in unique venues throughout the town, Cowes Fringe guarantees a memorable weekend extravaganza of entertainment for all ages.

Their mission is to build on and enrich a thriving community spirit, encouraging local businesses and hospitality to become involved in a broad celebration of diverse talent.

This season’s event promises a broad range of local talent for the first time, including Irish folk singer John Blek, singer-songwriter Greg Barnes, jazz singer Nina Ross, drag artiste Quivers, and singer-songwriter, musician and performer Ben Stubbs.

They will join Claire Sweeney, Alfie Moore, Axel Blake, Rob da Bank, and many more.

Claire Sweeney is one of the UK’s favourite actresses, from her early days on Brookside through a r career which has spanned stage and screen. Claire will close the Fringe with a gala evening singing songs and telling stories from throughout her career, accompanied by West End pianist, Jae Alexander.

Alfie Moore, famed for his popular BBC Radio 4 comedy series, It’s a Fair Cop, which is the perfect vehicle for Alfie to skilfully blend succinct layman explanations about the law, with funny anecdotes from his own policing experiences

Britain’s Got Talent 2022 winner, Axel Blake, won the hearts and laughs of the nation, and also earned Simon Cowell’s golden buzzer, propelling Axle all the way to the finals and then on to win the coveted competition.

Rob da Bank is an Isle of Wight local, Bestival founder and DJ. He will close out the Fringe with a trademark anything goes lesson in eclecticism, from funk and disco to house and good times tunes – a rare chance to see Rob play on his beloved Island and in a relatively cosy venue.

For kids, there’s Indefinite Articles Presents Pinocchio – Pinocchio is carved on stage, brushes become a fox and the shadow of two saws transforms into a giant shark, with an element of improvisation, making each performance unique to its audience.

Nutty’s Children’s Disco, and Nutty’s Pirate Dan’s Treasure Hunt offers a variety of fun-packed, exciting, and original kids’ party entertainment for children aged 3-13, including a fabulous disco and a treasure hunt to find the elusive Pirate Dan.

Cowes Fringe Festival takes place from 26 – 28 May. For more information or to book tickets visit:

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