With the news of Brighton live music venue Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar announcing their impending closure recently (read here), it appears that Manchester’s The Ruby Lounge will sadly follow the same fate in a matter of months.
Since its opening, The Ruby Lounge has hosted performances from many bands, including The Bronx, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Employed To Serve, and Black Peaks.
The news of The Ruby Lounge‘s closure came following a statement from the venue management themselves which was issued through their official Facebook page.
In the statement, the venue explains that the owners of the property had been “plans to redevelop the entire site” for some time, and that due to them being “some way apart in our views, plans and depth of wallets” with one another, they’ll be forced to close their doors when the work is due to begin in 2019.
You can read the full statement issued by The Ruby Lounge below.
“We have an update that will finally provide some clarity regarding our future. As most of you are aware, for some time the owners of the building have been discussing plans to redevelop the entire site.
Those development plans are now quickly moving forward – see here: https://www.highstreetmanchester.co.uk
It has recently been confirmed to us that works are due to begin late 2019. And with that, due to being some way apart in our views, plans and depth of wallets, it looked like unfortunately we would be forced into closing the doors for the very last time this Christmas.
But we are now pleased to say that at the very last minute we have at least managed to come to an agreement with the landlords to remain until the very end when the wrecking ball finally comes along.
We’ve had a marvellous time over the years and as one of the few remaining independent live music venues in Manchester, have fought incredibly hard to stay open despite constantly rising costs and teetering on the brink of viability more often than seems possible.
We’re not done just yet…
Love, hangovers and tinnitus;
Team Ruby Lounge”
At the time of writing, it’s uncertain what The Ruby Lounge‘s final date of operation will be.
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