Fewer Fringe fans carry loose change so artists hope terminals will keep the tips flowing

Noel Byrne is rallying the passing lunchtime crowds to the open air stage in West Parliament Square, just off Edinburgh’s High Street. The seasoned street performer is a Fringe regular with his comedy acrobatics, The Leap of Death. But Byrne is introducing a new element to his act this year: a contactless payment terminal which allows audience members without loose change to “tap and tip”.

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