COMEDIAN Jason Manford has hit out at the price of accommodation in Edinburgh ahead of this year’s Fringe.

The 42-year-old addressed the issue of paying for temporary accommodation during the Scottish capital’s busiest month and revealed he would still be losing money even if every show sells out.

He admitted that he was worried for up and coming performers with the hike in holiday lets and hotels in the capital during August 2024.

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Manford said: “Edinburgh Festival prices especially for accommodation are an absolute joke! No idea how anyone is starting out is managing up there and showcase their talents!

“I’ve just priced up a week up there and even if every show sells out, I’m still operating at a loss.

“Which obviously for me is slightly different as it’s part of a much bigger tour and at this stage of my career, but my worry is how are we getting to see new performers and hearing new voices if the only people who can do it are people with money or backing! It’s pure greed.”

Manford’s criticism was echoed by former BBC presenter Gail Porter (below), who said she has been “priced out” of her home city.

The National: Gail Porter performed at the Fringe last year (Philip Toscano/PA)

She said on Twitter/X: “Was so excited to go the @edifringe this year. But I have been priced out by the soaring costs of B&Bs. My home town.

“I feel so sorry for new young performers that won’t be able to afford accommodation. I’m gutted Edinburgh has done this. Greed is awful.”

The festival’s official account replied to Porter and said: “Totally understand your frustration, Gail – please know we’re doing what we can to find solutions, be it through discussions with govt or negotiating affordable options for artists.

“Please give our team. Shout and they’ll do what they can to help.”

It was previously announced that the Keep it Fringe fund will be open for applications for 2024 and 2025.

The scheme offers 360 bursaries of £2500 to support artists to bring their work to the Fringe.