The 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe wrapped up at the beginning of this week, 27 August, having sold a record-breaking 2,838,839 tickets.

The organisers said that this represented a 5% increase in sales from last year’s event, and that almost half of all ticket sales were to customers in Scotland. The tally for final day tickets was higher than it had been at any previous Fringe.

The festival saw 317 venues across the city staging 3,548 shows to a hugely varied audience.

Shona McCarthy, chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, said: “2018 has been another fantastic year for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

“Artists from around the world have flocked to Scotland’s capital, delighting audiences with work that is exciting, shocking, entertaining, world class and often, hilarious. From cabaret to children’s shows, invigorating dance and physical theatre, to life enhancing drama.

“Whatever the medium, so many Fringe artists help us to question the world around us and illuminate the most challenging areas of being human in new ways. It is an exceptional festival where audiences can curate their own experience and where all ages and tastes are catered for.”

Next year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe will run from 2-26 August 2019.