Hope for iconic Manchester music venues

It was announced yesterday that the Deaf Institute and Gorilla in Manchester were facing permanent closure. Credit: PA

Greater Manchester's Night Time Economy Advisor, Sacha Lord, has said that there are interested buyers in the Deaf Institute and Gorilla.

The Manchester music venues announced that they were facing the prospect of permanent closure, if new operators could not be found, yesterday.

Mr Lord tweeted the news that the iconic venues could be saved this morning.

Yesterday the Music Venue Trust said the future of the venues may be "salvageable" and urged local authorities to take action and find alternative operators.

"We have been warning for months that the situation faced by grassroots music venues was unsustainable and would result in the closure of spaces people love and artists need unless there was concerted, strategic action," the organisation said.

"That action now needs to be accelerated to prevent hundreds of other venues from being lost right across the country."

The Government has previously announced a £1.57 billion support package for the arts, with music venues, theatres, museums, galleries, independent cinemas and heritage sites eligible for emergency grants and loans.