Edinburgh Festivals: New star rating from today

Edinburgh Fringe shows will now be rated on a seven-star system. Picture: Neil Hanna
Edinburgh Fringe shows will now be rated on a seven-star system. Picture: Neil Hanna
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HOSTING the world’s largest arts festival can be a headache for many reasons, but perhaps the biggest of all is knowing what’s worth seeing when you have almost 3,000 shows a day to choose from.

Even the traditional star rating system can mean little as the city is swamped with student and amateur reviewers all eager to make their mark, dishing out four and five stars at the drop of a hat.

The Evening News prides itself on having a team of reviewers you know. Reviewers you can trust. Reviewers who cover the Capital’s entertainment scene all year.

This month, to further enhance our coverage of the Festival and Fringe, your Evening News is implementing a new star rating system, one that allows our reviewers to give you a more accurate impression of the show they have just seen.

From today, the News will be awarding stars out seven. Our new ratings are as follows:

*Avoid

* *Poor

* * *Average

* * * * Good

* * * * * - Great

* * * * * *Something Special

* * * * * * *Supreme

This new rating system will allow readers to make a better judgement before buying tickets for shows which can often be hit or miss.

Reviewers often find the Five Star rating system too constraining. A show might be better that the current Three Stars (Good) for instance but not quite a Four Star (Great),” says Entertainment Editor Liam Rudden, “The lack of half stars means that they either have to write a show up or down. With the new ratings they will be able to more accurately grade the show.”