Coronavirus claims two of Manchester’s best known music venues

Mission Mars team: Roy Ellis, Adelaide Winter, Matt Davies

Two of Manchester’s best known music venues have fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Deaf Institute, on Grosvenor Street, and Gorilla, on Whitworth Street, will not reopen when conditions for public gatherings are eased by the Government.

It is not known how many jobs will be lost as a result of the decision by owner Mission Mars to pull the plug on the venues.

Mission Mars operates a range of bars, restaurants and clubs in locations including Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds.

Roy Ellis, chief executive and founder of the group, 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.

“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.”

The 300-capacity Deaf Institute, located in a Grade II-listed building near Manchester Met University, has been a focal point in the city’s music scene since it opened in 2008.

Gorilla was opened in 2012.

Among the bands that have appeared on their stages are The 1975, Florence and the Machine and Kylie Minogue.

Mission Mars brands includes popular pizza restaurants Rudy’s as well as iconic Manchester watering hole Albert’s Schloss.