Beloved Manchester Venue The Roadhouse To Close

19 March 2015, 16:49

Roadhouse Manchester

The venue was described by Elbow as their "spiritual home" and in its 22 year history, has hosted gigs by The White Stripes and Coldplay.

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The Roadhouse in Manchester is to close its doors on 1 June this year, after 22 years of bringing hosting live music in the city.

The basement club, situated in the Northern Quarter of the city, was the site of some legendary gigs, including the first show by the band Elbow under that name. The band called the venue their "spiritual home" when they played a special intimate show there for War Child earlier this year. Four of the band worked behind the bar at some stage, while Guy Garvey used to man the door there.

John McBeath opened the venue as a blues venue, but it quickly began to play host to all sorts of other gigs including shows by Ian Brown, Fleet Foxes and The White Stripes.

Kate Mountain, who bought the club 16 years ago, told the Manchester Evening News: "The Roadhouse has championed thousands of local musicians who dreamed of rock and roll stardom."

She said the team was now working on a series of exciting send-off gigs for the venue.

There's no definite word yet on what will happen to the venue once it's closed.