Summer Sundae Fringe Festival

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Summer Sundae Fringe Festival
Location(s) Leicester, England, UK
Years active 2006–2010

Summer Sundae Fringe Festival (also called the Summer Sundae Fringe) was an annual music festival, running from 2006 to 2010 and held in Leicester, England, which focused on showcasing artistic talents and communities within the city of Leicester.

It was created by Andy Black and Richard Haswell [1][2][3][4] and subsequently run and organised via the Leicestershire based music forum Pineapster, who strove to organise promoters, venues, organisers and musical acts to organise and run their own events in promotion of their own talents and showcase the best of the cities talent whilst fundraising for charity.

The festival began as a one off warm up party in 2006 and grew year on year (until 2010), to a two-week showcase of musical talents, in a wide variety of venues and locations across Leicester. The fringe festival was scheduled to occur annually across the first two weeks of August each year. The fringe traditionally culminated with a series of warm up parties, across Leicester city centre, occurring on the Thursday evening before the start of the Summer Sundae Weekender event.

These warm up parties are formally titled 'Fringe Thursday', and are linked by an open top bus service, included within ticket price, which provides party goers with transport to move them from event to event. All artists appearing at Fringe Thursday events donated their time and services for free.

Tickets were sold for Fringe Thursday and had to be exchanged for a wristband to allow bus entry.

The event was copied by the Leicester Fringe Festival in 2011 and 2012 which came to a close with the announcement of the end of the Summer Sundae Weekender in 2013.


The 2006 warm up party sold out to 360 people. The 2010 Fringe Thursday events sold over 2500 tickets. A grand total of nearly £25,000 was raised for LOROS across the festival's five-year history.


The Fringe Festival was run as a charity fundraiser with two main principles

1, To showcase the best in artistic talent from the city of Leicester to an outside audience

2, To raise awareness of the hospice LOROS to a new, younger generation of people.

From inception, the festival strove to exhibit local talent to a new audience. The arrival of main festival ticket holders from all over the UK provided a ready made market of people keen to explore both new music and their new location. Thus Fringe Thursday excels by providing a medium to guide tourists from outside of the county, across the city, to visit a variety of establishments and experience local musician, comedians and photographers from across Leicester.


2010 event & line up[edit]

The 2010 Summer Sundae Fringe Festival ran from Friday 6 August 2010 to Thursday 12 August 2010. The festival culminated in Fringe Thursday again.

Firebug Musician Donkey Lansdowne The Pub Independent Arts Centre Y Theatre : Presented in Association with Leicester Comedy Festival The Shed Phoenix Film Tent

2009 line up[edit]

The 2009 Summer Sundae Fringe Festival ran 3–13 August 2009. The festival culminated in Fringe Thursday, on 13 August 2009, across 9 city centre venues in Leicester. Over 2000 people attended the 2009 Fringe Thursday warm up parties.

Firebug Musician Donkey Lansdowne Hind : Phrased & Confused New Road Inn Kayal : Presented in Association with Leicester Comedy Festival The Shed Helsinkis

2008 line up[edit]

Firebug Musician Donkey The Charlotte Helsinkis

2007 line up[edit]

Firebug Musician The Charlotte Comedy Tent (presented by efestivals)

2006 line up[edit]

The first warm up party occurred on Thursday 10 August 2006 at Firebug Bar, Millstone Lane, Leicester. 360 people sold out a capacity venue. £1560 was raised and donated to LOROS hospice



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