Friday, July 17, 2020

Manchester music venues Gorilla and the Deaf Institute to permanently close | The Guardian

The Welly and the Polar Bear in Hull also go into administration amid severe financial difficulties for live-music sector

Four celebrated music venues in Manchester and Hull are to close due to financial difficulties brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

In Manchester, Gorilla and the Deaf Institute are to permanently close. Roy Ellis, head of parent company Mission Mars, said the venues “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.”

Sad to hear that Manchester’s @DeafInstitute & @thisisgorilla won’t be opening again. I’ve played and watched gigs in both and they were the lifeblood of Manchester’s vital network of venues. It’s awful news but seems inevitable that so many more independent venues will be lost

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