Manchester Deaf Institute and Gorilla Concert Halls Close


Two of Manchester’s most popular music halls have closed permanently.The Deaf Institute on Grosvenor Street and Gorilla on Whitworth Street were unable to weather the storm caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The bosses of Mission Mars, the company behind the two sites, confirmed the news today after rumors began to swirl on social networks, describing it as a “difficult decision” announced with “great sadness”.

The Deaf Institute has been part of the musical fabric of Manchester for over a decade, while Gorilla joined the scene in 2012.

Despite their intimate size, the two have hosted some of the biggest names in music at all stages of their careers, from The 1975 to Florence and The Machine to Kylie Minogue.

The Institute for the Deaf

Now, neither site will reopen, even after the lockout measures have been relaxed enough to allow indoor indoor performance.

Roy Ellis, CEO and founder of Mission Mars 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 reopen.

“This difficult decision was made in the context of COVID 19 and the forced closure of all our sites and the persistent restrictions on the opening of concert halls.

Kylie in concert in Gorilla

“We appreciate the fact that these musical destinations are very popular and have provided a first step for many issues in the North West and are therefore well known in the world of music.

“We encourage all industry and music entrepreneurs who may be interested in this opportunity to contact us.

“We are extremely grateful to our hardworking teams and to our guests and followers for their loyal support over the years. ”

The 300-person Deaf Institute was recently part of the Let the Music Play campaign, calling for a government rescue package of £ 50 million.


It is estimated that almost 90% of the basic sites are in danger of closing permanently.

The Deaf Institute has hosted countless intimate concerts and club nights since it opened in 2008, in a Grade II listed building near Manchester Met University.

Distributed over three floors, with a bar and restaurant on the ground floor specializing in vegan cuisine, it is known for its eclectic interiors, its giant glitter ball and for the launch of emerging musicians of all genres.

The place also hosted the CityLife Awards for several years.

It is not yet known how many employees will be affected by the closure.


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