Historic music venue rescued from administration

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Hull music institution, The Welly, has been saved and will reopen in May when Government lockdown restrictions permit live music venues to restart.

The venue has been pulled out of administration by Tokyo Industries, which operates other successful live music venues across the UK, Ibiza and the US.

It stepped up to save Manchester live music venues GORILLA and The Deaf Institute back in July and has since been working on a rescue deal for The Welly.

The venue also known as The Wellington Club, has been operating for more than 100 years and has been at the forefront of musical culture in Hull, launching the careers of some of the city’s finest bands, DJs and promoters who have gone on to achieve international recognition.

Roland Gift, The Housemartins, Beautiful South, and Everything But The Girl all launched their careers at The Welly.

Legendary city club nights and promoters Sugar Shack, Deja vu, Yo Yo and Shinobi also cut their teeth at the same venue, which has played host to famous bands and superstar DJs such as Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs, Baby Shambles, Pete Tong, Erick Prydz and Norman Jay.

Tokyo Industries managing director, Aaron Mellor, said: “The UK needs regional live music venues like The Welly.

“They are a vital part of a city’s cultural fabric. We must work hard to try and retain these creative gems for future generations to enjoy.

“Covid has been hugely difficult for live music venues nationally and it will take some time to recover from this lost year. We hope to re-engage the jobs that people lost during the closure.”

He added the venue would benefit from some aesthetic improvements while retaining its special atmosphere. Modern sound, lighting and visual production will be installed.

Popular club nights Jelly & shuffle will return along with the addition of Déjà vu which gained international recognition for its residency at The Welly, bringing many of the world’s biggest DJs to the city.

Ibiza disco brand Boogie in Wonderland will also showcase regular events. Tokyo Industries says it is committed to bringing back a strong programme of live music to the venue.

Mellor said: “It’s been the worst year ever for hospitality and live music venues, but it feels like the end is in sight.

“It’s an exciting time for the city of Hull and The Welly; let’s finally look forward to seeing some great live bands again.”