Buxton Fringe organisers say they have already received over 90 entries for this year's festival and is confident the final tally will surpass 100 before July.
The uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 has meant that not all performers have been ready to commit.
The Fringe has therefore decided not to print its traditional listings programme, but instead publish a handy fold-up guide featuring a map and an overview of how to buy tickets and the kind of entertainment on offer at its many venues in the town and beyond.
This will be available at the Buxton Visitor Centre in the Pump Room and other locations towards the end of June.
The Fringe runs from July 7-25 in parallel with Buxton International Festival.
Two managed venues, Underground at The Old Clubhouse and The Green Man Gallery, have packed programmes but there are also other popular venues including the United Reformed Church and unusual locations such as Pooles Cavern and, out of town, Eyam Parish Church.
There are venues indoors and outdoors and there are a number of events that are purely online.
Full listings are available on www.buxtonfringe.org.uk and on the free to download Buxton Fringe App.
During the Fringe, the Fringe Information Desk, in its new home in the Pavilion Gardens Conservatory near the restaurant, will be open every day from 10am-7pm.
The Fringe also hopes to be able to offer its traditional free showcase of events, Fringe Sunday, outside at the Pavilion Gardens on July 11, roadmap permitting.
Fringe chair Stephen Walker said: “After the traumas of the past year we are delighted to bounce back with such a strong line-up. As ever there is a good mix of brand new talent and firm favourites making a welcome return.”