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Taking place across 5 city centre and Ouseburn venues, we have 42 slots available in the programme. Before you apply, take a look at the venues and spaces below to help you decide which space you feel would be best suited to your work.


If you are selected to perform at the Newcastle Fringe Festival, this is what we will be offering you, and what we’d ask for in return:



  • Being part of an absolutely banging festival 

  • A box office split of 70/30 in your favour (Dance City works slightly differently - still a 70/30 split but on £10 of the ticket price only)

  • Marketing & PR support as part of the overall festival promotional campaign

  • Get-in time and tech run in the space - tech times vary per space.

  • A technician to support your production. Due to break times some of these may be skilled volunteers so we suggest if your production is tech heavy that you bring your own operator.

  • Support from the Newcastle Fringe Festival team - Workshops with our festival hub on marketing, community engagement, tech and PR

  • Box Office & FOH services 

  • Event management and insurance

  • Bar and food provisions for audiences

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU (if programmed):

  • The Production - ready to perform - including all rights required (including a PPL PRS declaration)

  • Tech spec - including minimum get-in and get-out time

  • Public Liability Insurance for the Production, including your get-in and get-out, to a minimum of £2 million.

  • A Risk Assessment (NFF can support on this)

  • Promotional Images, copy, and credits for promotional purposes

  • A marketing & PR campaign for your show 

To apply: please complete the questions on the Google Form by clicking 'apply now'.

Closing date: Tuesday 27th February 5.00pm

Images from Newcastle Fringe Festival 2023.

Photo Credits remain with artists.


Alphabetti Theatre

Alphabetti Theatre is an independent producing theatre in the city centre. It will be the main festival hub, and will host 6 shows which will perform for the full 10 days from Tuesday 16th - Saturday 27th July (excluding Sunday & Monday). 

Playing Space

5m x 4m



Technical Facilities

Full technical specification can be viewed here

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Prohibition Cabaret Bar

Prohibition Cabaret Bar is a 1920s style, award-winning bar and entertainment space, focussing on cabaret, burlesque and live music.


It is available for 3 dates: Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th & Friday 26th July.

Playing Space




Technical Facilities

  • A small spotlight near the stage, two other spotlights further from the stage 

  • Four channel PA with XLR and jack input on each channel connected to two floor speakers

  • A projector and a screen


Dance City

Dance City is the leading organisation for dance in the North East, existing for over 30 years to support a thriving dance ecology in the region.


This will be available for a variety of genres, not exclusively dance, for performances on Thursday 25th & Friday 26th July.

Playing Space

9m x 8.5m


240 (potentially up to 280)

Technical Facilities

  • Full technical capabilities, please see tech spec HERE

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The Old Coal Yard

The Old Coal Yard is a former shipping container and now a unique event space at the mouth of the Ouseburn Valley. This venue will be suitable for bigger scale performances of all types, especially gigs and music as it is mainly a standing venue.

We are in discussion about dates at the moment, but it will likely be the Thursday and Friday of each week.

Playing Space




Technical Facilities

  • Full lighting rig

  • Sound spec can be found here

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The Cumberland Arms

The Cumberland Arms is a unique pub with a rich cultural history of programming diverse events and performances for the local community in the Ouseburn Valley.


It is available across 5 dates: Tuesday 16th, Thursday 18th, Saturday 20th, Tuesday 23rd & Saturday 27th July. We expect to programme different performances per date, so if you were programmed here you would perform for one day only.

Playing Space

3m x 2m



Technical Facilities

  • Simple lighting rig with the ability to colour fade and blackout

  • Comprehensive sound facilities - Full PA and mics 


Please note that programmed shows may be allocated a different venue than requested depending on specifications. Full tech spec will be provided once programming has been confirmed.
If you are reading this on a mobile then there is slightly more technical detail (including capacities) on the deskptop/laptop version.

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