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Manchester Venues Gorilla and The Deaf Institute Saved From Closure

Wednesday, 22 July 2020 Written by Huw Baines

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The Manchester venues Gorilla and the Deaf Institute have been saved.

It was announced last week by Mission Mars, the operators of both establishments, that they would close permanently, having initially shut their doors due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

Now, the Manchester Evening News reports that they have been purchased by Tokyo Industries, the group behind Manchester’s Impossible, the Factory and South. Staff will retain their jobs. Aaron Mellor, founder of Tokyo Industries, told the paper: “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.”

He continued: “Over the weekend we have put together some great ideas with SSD Concerts and Tim Burgess (of the Charlatans) to help save both venues and their existing operating style in a post-Covid world.”


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