Manchester music venues Deaf Institute and Gorilla have both been saved from closure.
The much-welcomed news comes after it was announced last week by CEO and founder of Mission Mars, Roy Ellis, who owns both venues said the following: “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.”
Ellis added: “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.”
However, it has now emerged that both premises have been saved after they were purchased by Tokyo Industries, a company which owns other clubs in the city including Impossible, The Factory and South. Staff will keep their jobs as part of the terms agreed between the company and the venues’ current owners Mission Mars.
The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess tweeted: “So, looks like the story is out – Deaf Institute and Gorilla have been saved and will be kept as live music venues as we know and love them. I’ve been talking with the new owners over the weekend & we’ll be doing all we can to help with the next chapter.”
Aaron Mellor, the founder of Tokyo Industries, said: “These are extremely difficult times for all grassroots music venues around the UK. It’s vital venues like Gorilla and The Deaf Institute are kept alive, the cultural fabric of our city centres depends on venues like these.”
Mellor then added: “Over the weekend we have put together some great ideas with SSD Concerts and Tim Burgess (The Charlatans) to help save both venues and their existing operating style in a post Covid world,” he said.