Edinburgh Fringe Udderbelly to leave Bristo Square

The giant upsidedown purple cow will not be a Bristo Square this year. Picture: Greg Macvean

The giant upsidedown purple cow will not be a Bristo Square this year. Picture: Greg Macvean

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The Edinburgh Fringe’s gigantic purple cow will move from its home at Bristo Square this year, it has been confirmed.

Underbelly and the University of Edinburgh today announced that Udderbelly will be relocating to George Square while McEwan Hall and Bristo Square are redeveloped.

Underbelly and the University of Edinburgh say the Udderbelly should return to Bristo Square sometime before the Fringe of 2017.

Udderbelly will be situated on the west side of George Square, alongside Assembly Festival in the east side from August 5 to 31 this year.

Professor Charlie Jeffery, Senior Vice Principal, said: “The University is delighted to provide new pastures for the iconic purple Udderbelly cow while development work is carried out at the McEwan Hall in Bristo Square. We are proud to continue our strong association with the Festival Fringe and are looking forward to what promises to be another exciting Fringe in 2015”.

Charlie Wood, co-director of Underbelly, the operator of the Udderbelly venue, said: “We are very grateful to the University, whose far-sighted vision for the Fringe and for Bristo Square allowed Udderbelly to be created in the first place, for continuing to support the great work, fun and entertainment that Udderbelly brings to the Fringe.

“We’re really looking forward to creating a new pasture for Udderbelly in George Square for the next two years and to returning to Bristo Square when the works are complete”.