Greater Manchester Fringe 2015


Put on a show

Applications for the 2018 Greater Manchester Fringe open 1st December 2017

We love suggestions - we're open to anything!

New writing, revivals, stand up, sketch shows, clowning, dance, visual arts, mentalism, magic, physical theatre, bands, orchestras, club nights, choirs, childrens shows. You name it!


What is the Greater Manchester Fringe?

An open access arts Festival open to everyone.

The Greater Manchester Fringe is a grass roots arts festival that takes place throughout the whole of July each year.

We are open to all art forms, and our aim is get Manchester Buzzing!

If you're a poet, a performance artist, in a rock band, a magician, a mime artist, a DJ a singer a comedian an actor,  a playwright whatever it is you do. We want to hear from you, and help you get your event up and running for our festival in July.

Manchester if full of amazing venues and wonderful talents, we help to bring it all together and make it accessible for everyone.


Any type of performance is suitable for the Fringe.

Some venues will have many shows taking place throughout the day, morning, afternoon, evening and late night. Day time shows can work really well so don't dismiss the idea out of hand if you get offered an afternoon slot!

The length of run is up to you and what you feel will work best for you and your audience. You can decide this with your venue. Most people go for between 1 and 6 performances. 

We try hard to find a suitable slot for everyone in the Greater Manchester Fringe however if you're struggling to find the right venue for you, then you are welcome to find your own space in Greater Manchester. Just let us know what you have found. If you are really struggling to find a slot email us and let us know, don't wait until the last minute to tell us you are having a problem!

Please make sure that you have carefully read the information regarding your chosen venue and have made sure that is suitable for you as not all venues will be able to accommodate you. If you decide to accept a slot from a particular venue but have applied to more than one, then do let the others know that they are no longer needed so they can offer their space to other companies. Make sure you understand the deal the venue is offering you and what it includes. If in doubt, ask us for help, that's what we're here for.

Late applications will be accepted but you may find that most slots have already been taken and you won't be printed in the brochure... Though this isn't the end of the world if you do apply to us late.


The list of venues hosting shows as part of The Greater Manchester Fringe can be found on the Venues page of this website.

New venues may be added to this prior to the closing date so it's a good idea to keep checking this.

Have a look at each of the venues details and see which space will be the most suitable for your show. It is important that you are aware of the size of the space, the equipment that they provide and that the venue will be able to accommodate the style of your show. Don't just apply to every venue, they wont all be suitable for you.

If you cannot find a space which you feel suits the needs of your show then you are welcome to find your own space. Alternatively you can contact us and we will try to help you find a venue that is right for you.
If you have a venue in Greater Manchester which you wish to host comedy events with then please contact us on

All spaces in the festival will vary a lot and will provide different levels of equipment, therefore it is important that you check with the venue manager exactly what will and what wont be provided.

In most cases acts will need to bring their own technician as often one isn't provided. Some venues will also expect you to sell your tickets on the door or provide your own front of house person. You will need to check this with the venue manager.

Most venues will have many shows taking place in one day and often equipment will be shared with other acts performing in the same space, meaning that the space might need to be cleared at the end of each show. A lot of spaces won't be able to accommodate shows with complex technical requirements. Again, make sure you check with the venue manager if you have any queries on this.

We have always left it down to the performer to decide what ticket price to charge however we will give you guidance if necessary. 

If you have any queries about the deal a particular venue is offering you, just ask us. It's better to be completely clear on everything before you make an agreement.


What does it cost?

b>Venue Costs

The cost will be different depending on the length of the show run, when you perform and the venue. It is important to fully understand the deal presented to you by your venue manager. You might be offered a box office split, a straight hire or a free venue. Make sure you check whether or not the costs include a technician and front of house / box office help. Also check if the costs include rehearsal and tech time.

You might also get charged for issuing comps, PRS or other smaller contras. Check the small print before you sign anything. It's better to be clear up front, this saves confusion down the line. Don't be scared of asking questions if you don't understand something. 

Fringe Registration Fees

There is a participation fee to be included in The Greater Manchester Fringe.
This payment is to be made when you submit your show entry after you have confirmed your venue.

The new registration fees for 2018 are as follows: 

1/8 A/4 Page Brochure Listing - £60
1/4 A/4 Page Brochure Listing - £90
1/2 A/4 Page Brochure Listing - £160
A4 Full Page Brochure Listing - £300 (You can use our standard layout or create your own)

NB: If you choose to perform in a variety of different venues you will need to register for a 1/4 page minimum so we can fit all your info in.

We also charge 5% commission on all ticket sales that come via the G M Fringe website.

All these options, whether you've gone for the £60 option of the £300 option include the following.

- The listing of your event (at the size you have chosen) and an image in the Greater Manchester Fringe brochure.
- Your event listing online at
 - Your press release and press images hosted online at
- Your tickets sold online via our website.
- A performers pass giving your FREE entry to other Greater Manchester Fringe shows (subject to availability)
- An invitation to our Media days where you will receive advice on your media and marketing campaign 
- Access to our press list plus other marketing resources through your online performers portal
- Year round advice and support for all aspects of your Fringe production.
- Entrance into The Greater Manchester Fringe awards.
- Invitations to our opening and closing parties!

All show listings will include your blurb, image, dates, times, prices and venue you are performing in. 

By the end of August (usually sooner) we will let you know how much we owe you and you will need to invoice us for your ticket money. We make all payments by BACS directly into your bank account.

Press and Promotion

The Greater Manchester Fringe will assist you in promoting your show.

To do this you will need to provide us with certain information about your show including the show title, the blurb, ticket price, press release and an image that is print quality. We will give you guidance on these things. Please take our advice!

The shows that do best are the ones that read the information we send out to them, turn up to our Media day and provide us with information that can help us to help them sell their show.

Every show will be given a listing on the Greater Manchester Fringe website with your show image and details as well as a link to buying tickets online for your show.

The brochure will be created and distributed by The Greater Manchester Fringe and will detail all of the shows individually. It is a good idea to think about weighing up the cost of getting some flyers and posters printed as an additional way to promote your show. Venues should be happy for you to put them up.

We work hard to help promote all shows and we will give you as much help and advice as possible.
However it is ultimately down to the performer / group to sell their own show.


Deadline to get your show into the printed brochure March 31st 

Deadline to get your Press release and extra press information uploaded 30th April

Shows go on sale 1st May

Media Days 

21st March From 1pm - 5pm at The Kings Arms
28th March From 1pm - 5pm at The Kings Arms
25th April From 1pm - 5pm at The Kings Arms
2nd May From 1pm - 5pm at The Kings Arms
9th May From 1pm - 5pm at The Kings Arms

Launch Party Wednesday 20th June from 7pm at The Kings Arms

Closing Party & Awards - 1st August -  from 7pm at 53two


Thank you for taking an interest in The Greater Manchester Fringe.

For more information or if you have any questions please contact

If you have read all the information then you are ready to apply. Please find the application form below. If you want to send it to multiple venues once you have submitted your application form, hit back in your browser, choose another venue and then re submit. Remember not to apply to every venue, they won't all be suitable!

Once you have submitted your application form you should wait to hear from your venue.
If you haven't heard anything within a week give them a call to chase it up. Don't sit around waiting for the phone to ring, unless you are Tony Hadley or Simon Le Bon, in which case, we'll call you!

Once you have secured a venue for your show, send us an email and let us know. We will then give you a special code so that you can pay your registration fee and then upload all your show information to our website.

Any questions at all, please contact us
We look forward to receiving your applications!

Sorry, we are not currently taking applications.

Applications for the 2018  festival will open on 1st December 2017. There's nothing to stop you from starting to plan early though!