IT’S that time again. The flyerers are flyering. There isn’t room to swing a cat in the centre of town. And everyone thinks they’re a comedian.
Admittedly, I’m only guessing all this – though even from my current spot at a pavement cafe in Marseille, it’s not hard to imagine that the Fringe is already in full bloom.
For the first time in years, I’ve missed the start of it as I travel round Spain and France. Not that I’m starved for entertainment over here, mind.
In the past few weeks I’ve been to the Benicassim music festival, Salvador Dali’s house in Port Lligat, an Albert Camus exhibition in Aix-en-Provence and a Picasso exhibition in Aubagne.
It’s been a great trip so far, though, admittedly, I’m looking forward to getting in amongst the Fringe when I return home next weekend.
One thing I’m excited about is the sheer amount of quality live music on offer.
Bar Soba has a line-up of stellar DJs, who will be playing in the Hanover Street bar every Thursday during the festival.
Next week sees Al Doyle from Hot Chip, followed by Daddy G of Massive Attack, garage guru Artful of Artful Dodger and former Specials man Jerry Dammers, pictured.
It’s a real coup for the bar, and the best thing about it is that it’s free entry to all of the above events.
Elsewhere, there are some cracking gigs around town.
Peeved there was no good local music in town, Matthew Young of the record label Song, By Toad took it upon himself to organise nine nights of excellent, locally-sourced music at Henry’s Cellar Bar.
There will be 27 bands over 31 days and taking part are Malcolm Middleton, FOUND, The Leg, Sparrow and the Workshop and Scottish Album of the Year Award winner RM Hubbert.
Meanwhile, the Queen’s Hall has Withered Hand, King Creosote, Rachel Sermanni and Stanley Odd, while Liquid Room has Broken Records, Kid lCanaveral, The Twilight Sad and The Pictish Tail.
Lots to be getting on with, then.