RAP music pioneers The Sugarhill Gang, infamous comedian Jerry Sadowitz, soul singer Mica Paris and the leader of the Scottish Conservatives will take to the stage at this year’s Fringe by the Sea festival, the Courier can announce.

They will be joined by other notable names such as writer and former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway and saxophonist Tommy Smith.

The North Berwick festival celebrates its 10th anniversary when it takes place in August and has been extended from a week-long event to run for 10 days for the first time.

And the opening night on Friday, August 3, will see Judy Murray, mother of tennis stars Sir Andy and Jamie, take to the stage, as will ‘80s rappers The Sugarhill Gang and the Furious Five.

With more than 100 performances and events being programmed, festival-goers can expect to look forward to firm favourites and new faces covering music, comedy, literature, children’s events, film and other curiosities.

Niall Middleton, festival director – part of a new management team running the event – said: “Where else will you find Richard Holloway, The Sugarhill Gang, Jerry Sadowitz and Ruth Davidson on the same bill?

“With just three months to go until the festival kicks off, the programme is shaping up to surprise and delight in typical Fringe by the Sea fashion.

“Our opening night will set the tone for the rest of the festival, with something for everyone throughout the 10 days.

“It’s the 10th anniversary of the festival and we’re confident that the performers we’ve got coming will entice people from beyond East Lothian to visit our beautiful little corner of Scotland. Last year, the festival brought in £1.9m to the local economy and we’re aiming to beat that this year.”

Niall, who runs the town’s The Ship Inn, added: “We look forward to working with all those who have helped make Fringe by the Sea such a shining beacon in the festival calendar, particularly East Lothian Council, which has been exemplary in its support.”

Also set to take to the stage is singer-songwriter Dean Owens, who will be paying tribute to country music legend Johnny Cash.

Liberal Democrat politician David Steel will be in lunchtime conversations with well-known faces from the world of politics, including Scottish Tories leader Ruth Davidson.

Lord Steel said: “I’m delighted to be presenting a political chat show at Fringe by the Sea and thrilled to have attracted guests of such calibre. My first guest will be Ruth Davidson. I expect an entertaining and engaging lunchtime conversation.”

Meanwhile, regulars such as Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band; and folk duo Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain return once more.

Children and family’s can enjoy Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall and Phil Kay’s show Gimme Your Left Shoe.

The hub of the festival, which runs until Sunday, August 12, will be in the harbour area of the town, featuring two spiegeltents, sponsored by Simpson & Marwick.

Further events will take place throughout the town, including a specially curated programme from renowned supporters of live music in Scotland, the Soundhouse Organisation.

North Berwick Fry on Quality Street will also host a number of music events.

Tickets go on sale this week. For details, visit fringebythesea.com and follow Fringe by the Sea on social media.