Scottish singer-songwriter Callum Beattie, who’s gaining increasing recognition for his uplifting guitar-driven pop anthems, will headline the music on Friday 5th July at the Haslemere Fringe.

Callum’s story is one of truth and persistence. Growing up in a working-class background, he started performing solo on the pavements of Edinburgh more than a decade ago. After years knocking on the doors of London record executives, this Scottish-based talent is finding that by remaining true to himself he can communicate with audiences in a way that few can match.

His debut album ‘People Like Us’ became a phenomenon during the pandemic, hitting the top spot on the Scottish charts and breaking out nationally with the hard-hitting home truths behind ‘Salamander Street’ and naked emotion of ‘Daddy’s Eyes’.

His new album ‘Vandals’, featuring the lead single ‘Heart Stops Beating’, is unrepentant and ruthlessly honest. The sound of a songwriter finally able to speak to his truth after years on the sidelines.

Describing his new album Callum says “When I write songs, I’m imagining that people are screaming them back to me at festivals… I like anthemic music, and I guess this new album is exactly that.”

Fringe Festival Coordinator, Paul Ashton says, “Callum’s recent gigs in Scotland have sold out within minutes of going on sale. In April he’s touring the UK with Barenaked Ladies after which his popularity is bound to soar. It’s exciting to be able to introduce such a hard-working and emerging talent to Haslemere.”

Friday night will also feature comedy from, among others Milton Jones, known for his witty one-liners and a regular on ‘Mock the Week’, Paul ‘the Sinnerman’ Sinha, and comedy magician, Mandy Muden.

Further artists, including more emerging young talent, will be announced soon.  Follow Haslemere Fringe on social media to keep up-to-date and buy tickets at www.haslemerefringe.co.uk.


The Haslemere Fringe is a volunteer-led, family-friendly festival which takes place every two years on Lion Green, just off Wey Hill in the heart of Haslemere.

The event features several stages with something for audiences of all ages including over 50 live bands, emerging new talent, dance acts, comedy, poetry, children’s entertainment, local artisans and more.

In 2022, headliners included Kitchen Disco legend Sophie Ellis-Bextor and iconic rock/pop bands The Lottery Winners, The Feeling and Toploader, as well as comedy from Seann Walsh, Cally Beaton and a guest appearance from John Bishop.

To watch a video of the 2022 Fringe and find out more go to www.haslemerefringe.co.uk

The Haslemere Fringe Festival is a not-for-profit event and our partner charities for the 2024 Fringe are mental health charity, Mind, and local charities The Hunter Centre (Supporting people living with Dementia) Haslemere, and Talk To Me Counselling Service (Haslewey).

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