The Ferret announces new general manager to secure a ‘long and successful future’

Posted on - 17th April, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Food & Drink, Preston News
Matt Fawbert
Matt Fawbert is the new general manager at The Ferret

Live music bar The Ferret has announced the appointment of new general manager, Matt Fawbert.


Matt has been a key figure in Preston’s music and nightlife scene for many years.

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His club nights Beats of Rage, Big Things and Drop graced venues all over the city including Coda, 53 Degrees, The Old Dog, The Bears Paw, The Adelphi, the Conti beer garden, and even a barge on the Lancaster Canal.

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No stranger to live music either, Matt has played in Preston bands for decades – with Cujo in the late 1990s, Armrug in the mid 2000s and now Whinge and The Hiphopalippz. He even played the drums for Atomic Kitten at Strettles Bar.


Matt played at and frequented The Mad Ferret in its early days, and has had a passion for the place ever since.

Over the years he has promoted many events at The Ferret and more recently has been involved behind the scenes, programming The Ferret Livestream series and promoting the venue online whilst restrictions are still in place.

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Matt will be working with the existing team on The Ferret re-launch to enable the venue to have a long and successful future.

Matt said: “The Ferret is a special place, sometimes taken for granted, but it has been a hub for proper music fans in the area for 15 years now!

“I’ll be working with Dan Morris and other local promoters to not only continue the excellent gig program The Ferret is known for, but to look at diversifying the lineup and experimenting with more genres.

“We’ll be bringing in loads of national and international touring acts while continuing to support the local music scene, encouraging young bands and DIY promoters to get involved. 

Matt believes the future of live music in Preston is exciting

“After an awful year, it’s great to already see signs of future success with shows like Wolfgang Flur (ex-Kraftwerk), Goldie Lookin Chain and The Blinders selling out many months in advance.

“There’s loads more in the pipeline including our most ambitious Glastonferret lineup to date, where we’ll be continuing that daft-but-brilliant idea of turfing the inside of the venue.

“The future of live music in Preston is exciting, I hope we’re going to see all your faces over the coming months. It’s been too long! Whether there’s a gig on or not – come in and hang out with The Ferret family, you’ll always be welcome.”

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