SA Promotions, run by Stuart Avery, put on live events in the Manchester area, and are currently running two regular live music nights in Manchester town centre – FRETNOISE and Chips’n’Gravy. SA Promotions are unique in that all their nights operate a policy of free entry on the door. This factor, combined with the fact that they only work with original, exciting and hugely talented bands and artists, ensure that all their nights are consistently packed out.
Some of the acts that SA Promotions are currently working with include:
8 Days Later, The Remote Control, Finka, Chunky, Nephew, Retrograde, Mover, The Owls, Ta Ta Ta, Ian Britt, Trevor Williams, Ask Dan, Frame of Mind, Gone Til Winter, Ant Ward, Jo Dudderidge, Sarah Kerton, Leon Meya, Mathew Whitaker, Pete Smith and John Buckley.
FRETNOISE (first Thursday of every month @ Sofa Central, 8.30pm til 2am, free entry).
This night was originally started in London over three years ago. Due to its overwhelming success in the south, it was moved to Manchester, and has now been running here every month for a year and a half. FRETNOISE is undoubtedly Manchester’s busiest and best open stage night, featuring 15 floor spots, two live bands and a DJ every month. Any artist wishing to perform on the open stage should arrive early, as the demand for the spots is huge. It is not hard to see why. FRETNOISE boasts an amazing atmosphere that you won’t find at any other open stage night in town – candles on every table, lava lamps, fibre optic visuals, a crystal clear sound system, and friendly supportive people make for an exceptional night out, whether you’re playing or just watching. Although the venue is always packed, the musicians who play at FRETNOISE are guaranteed the attention and respect they deserve whilst on stage. And that is why they come back to play time after time.
Chips’n’Gravy (every Wednesday @ The Thirsty Scholar, Oxford Rd, 8.30pm til 2am, free entry).
This quirky and intimate night has gone from strength to strength since being launched back in September 2003. Every week, audiences are treated to a diverse mixture of solo acoustic acts, duos, bands and DJs of the highest quality, in this buzzing and alternative gothic-style pub. Free entry and excellent music means that The Thirsty Scholar is usually full to bursting point by 11pm. Chips’n’Gravy offers a slightly more laid-back and spontaneous alternative to FRETNOISE, but maintains the exceptional atmosphere spawned by its predecessor.
***Any artists wishing to submit a demo for consideration should e-mail mail or call Stuart on (07747) 753945***