Manchester music venues Deaf Institute and Gorilla to close
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Iconic Manchester music venues Deaf Institute and Gorilla announce permanent closure

Two iconic and hugely celebrated Manchester music venues, Deaf Institute and Gorilla, are being forced to permanently close their doors.

The brilliant venues, which are located on Grosvenor Street and Whitworth Street respectively, have been unable to battle against the financial difficulties imposed by the current health crisis which has enforced strict social distancing measures.

Roy Ellis, CEO and founder of Mission Mars commented: “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.”

Ellis added: “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.”

The news comes after Welly club in Hull announced its impending closure and, furthermore, a study has claimed that around 90 per cent of small independent venues are believed to be at risk of permanent closure.

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