Written by John Baccoli
Today we were met by the sad news of the permanent closure of 2 key Manchester music venues: Gorilla and The Deaf Institute. The announcement was made official today by Mission Mars – the owners of the venues – just days after the Government’s financial boost of £1.57bn to the arts sector.
The Deaf Institute has been a centrepiece of Manchester’s unmatched music scene for over a decade, whilst Gorilla joined the scene some 8 years ago. In this time, both venues have seen some of the most exciting artists to emerge in recent years including The 1975, Drenge and Kate Tempest.
In his statement earlier, Roy Ellis – CEO and founder of Mission Mars 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.
He also went on to ask for any entrepreneurs that might be interested in taking the 2 venues forwards to “please get in touch”.
Music industry figures and keen gig-goers have had plenty to say about todays news.
Tim Burgess of The Charlatans said that he was “sad to hear” of the closures:
The Blinders also took to Twitter:
Amid these reports, we can only hope that this is not a sign of things to come for the music industry across the country after it was estimated by the Music Venues Trust that up to 90% of grassroots venues could close.