Around six months ago, it was announced that one of our favourite Manchester venues would be closing for an extended period. Before that, Gorilla hosted some of the best gigs and club nights, hidden away under a Whitworth Street railway arch, in the most Manc way possible. Now, Gorilla is reopening with a bang, returning to its former Manchester glory with a big night on Friday 3 November.
Gorilla will be hosting ‘Hits Different‘, a party dedicated to indie and pop bangers, to welcome the crowds back in.
In an Instagram post yesterday (October 24), Gorilla said: “Well it’s been a wild 6 months but we are so buzzing to finally announce that we are back! We honestly have not stopped thinking about getting back to Gorilla since we found out we were being closed.
“We re-open on the 3rd November with ‘Hits Different’ a night dedicated to all the pop bangers. Our first gig back is with our good mates and local legends Spangled, which we think is a perfect way to kick off celebrations!
“Straight after Spangled we kick off another party with Revolver, all the indie tracks, all night long. Whilst we have everyone’s attention; we just wanna say a big thank you to everyone for being so sound & supportive to us whilst all this has been happening. It’s been a big battle – but not one we ever gave up on.
“To the Gorilla team, we adore you all and never take any of your dedication for granted. Gorilla babes for life. See you at the bar.”
The closure was due to essential works, likely down to the venue’s positioning under the railway, and has left a hole in the lives of many fans. Comments on the Instagram post read: “Missed u besties, SO excited for a chicken burger” and “forever gorilla babes, see you on the 4th”, with Manchester businesses such as Almost Famous adding: “Hits different cos it’s you 🖤 WELCOME BACK”.
It’s clear this iconic Manchester music venue has been sorely missed, and we’re all over the moon to see Gorilla up and running once again on its reopening next week. Grab your tickets for ‘Hits Different’ here.
Gorilla is located at 54-56 Whitworth St, Manchester M1 5WW.