The Roadhouse closes its doors
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(Article below taken from Manchester Evening News 19th March 2015)
The Northern Quarter venue, on Newton Street, has been hosting live music for 22 years, but has announced it will hold its final show on May 31st.
The basement club on Newton Street, Manchester, which was opened 22 years ago by John McBeath as a blues club, has hosted gigs by Coldplay, Fleet Foxes, The Kills, and The White Stripes.
It was the first place that Manchester band Elbow played live after they graduated from Roadhouse bar men to rock stars. The group have regularly returned to the venue, most recently for a charity show in aid of War Child.
Kate Mountain, who bought the club 16 years ago with business partner Steve Lloyd and is also co-owner of Aumbry restaurant with Mary-Ellen McTague, said she is pleased The Roadhouse was able to remain a place where people got their start on the circuit throughout its history.
She said: “The Roadhouse has championed thousands of local musicians who dreamed of rock and roll stardom.
“It was a commitment we have always taken seriously, offering a stage and an opportunity to local bands from the first week we opened the doors and will do so until the very last.”
he venue will host its final show on May 31 before closing for good.
Kate confirmed that the team are now working on programming some “memorable send off gigs and club nights throughout May”. Details will be announced on the venue’s website at theroadhouselive.co.uk.
The Roadhouse has been a landmark venue for bands and gig goers alike, and has also been a cornerstone of Manchester's clubbing circuit.