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Manchester Venues Gorilla and The Deaf Institute To Close Permanently

Thursday, 16 July 2020 Written by Huw Baines

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Two of Manchester’s leading small venues will close permanently.

Both Gorilla and the Deaf Institute will not emerge from hibernation, having initially shut their doors due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

In a statement released to the Manchester Evening News, Roy Ellis, CEO of Mission Mars, the operators of both establishments, 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."

Both rooms had bookings through to next spring, with Gorilla also hosting segments of Manchester Psych Fest in September 2021. Ellis continued: "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.

"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."

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