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Iconic Manchester venue the Roadhouse to close

Manchester music fans have today been shocked to lean that the Roadhouse will be closing its doors this May.

The iconic venue will shut for the last time on May 31st, marking the end of a 22-year presence in the city.

The reasons for the closure have yet to be fully revealed, but it is thought that a handful of noise complaints from residents in Northern Quarter area where the Roadhouse is located could have been a contributing factor.

Over the years, the Roadhouse has built up a reputation for being one of the cornerstone small venues in the north of England, having hosted stadium rockers like Muse, Elbow and The White Stripes at the beginning of their respective journeys to stardom.

More recently, we headed to the Roadhouse last May to review a electrifying set from the Amazing Snakeheads shortly after the release of their debut record Amphetamine Ballads. Head here to read the review.

The owners of the venue have said they are very sad to see it go, but promise there will be “memorable send off gigs and club nights throughout May”, to lay the space to rest in the best way possible.

Listen below to hear The Fall play a visceral set at the Roadhouse back in 1995.

Patrick Davies