Manchester's Deaf Institute and Gorilla music venues to close permanently

Due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19, two of the city's most beloved venues won't reopen, even once lockdown measures are lifted.
Posted: 16 July 2020 Words: Tom Curtis-Horsfall

We've felt it over our shoulder for some time now, but the expected is now a reality for two of Manchester's most beloved music venues - both the Deaf Institute and Gorilla have confirmed that they permanently close. 

It was predicted that up to 90% of the UK's independent music venues are facing the threat of closure, and now it's been confirmed that both the Deaf Institute and Gorilla won't reopen, even if lockdown measures are lifted to a pre-pandemic level. 

Regarding the closure announcement, Mission Mars CEO and founder Roy Ellis said: "The Deaf Institute and Gorilla have been at the forefront of the music scene in Manchester for many years and it is with great sadness that we announce that we will not be reopening. This difficult decision has been made against the backdrop of COVID-19 and the enforced closure of all of our sites and with continued restrictions upon opening of live music venues. 

"We appreciate that these music destinations are well loved and have provided an early stage for many acts in the North West and are therefore well known in the world of music. We would encourage any industry and music entrepreneurs who might be interested in this as an opportunity to please get in touch. We are extremely grateful to our hardworking teams and guests and followers for their loyal support over years."

Both venues have hosted some of contemporary music's brightest artists over their lifespans, so keep the faith that their fortunes will change. 

UPDATE: Talks are being held to save both venues according to Manchester's Nighttime Economy Adviser Charlie Lord. Stay tuned for positive news.

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