NINE of Manchester and Salford’s premier performance venues are coming together to stage the first Greater Manchester Fringe in July 2012.

For the whole of July, these venues will work hand in hand with artists to deliver a true multi arts fringe festival that will encompass covering an eye-popping range of genres, including drama, revivals, new writing, comedy, live music, visual arts, Edinburgh previews, kino cinema and literature events.

The initiative has been conceived by a core of venues including the Lass O’Gowrie, Sandbar, the Dancehouse, the King’s Arms, Taurus, O’Shea’s, FAB Café, Tiger Lounge and Satan’s Hollow, and is anticipated to make July a permanent home for fringe in Manchester and Salford.

Support has also been forthcoming from the 24:7 Theatre Festival and there will be the opportunity for other venues to get involved. The Fringe is keen to hear from new and established artists alike.

The Lass O’Gowrie’s Gareth Kavanagh explained the inspiration behind the Greater Manchester Fringe: “We’re passionate about providing performers with an affordable platform for their talent in the important pre-Edinburgh period. It’s exciting and we just can’t wait to see how this develops over the next few months!”

The Fringe will be launching a dedicated website at Easter which will explain how artists and other venues can get involved. In the meantime, the organisers can be contacted with any queries at


The Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, Manchester M1 7DB


0161 2736932

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