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Manchester's Roadhouse venue to close in June

Club has been open 22 years and played host to bands including Coldplay and Muse

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Manchester venue The Roadhouse is to close, it has been confirmed.

The Manchester Evening News reports that the 200-capacity venue, located on Newton Street, will close on June 1 after what the owners promise will be a series of "memorable send-off gigs and club nights".

The Roadhouse opened in 1993 and played host to early gigs by bands including Coldplay, Muse and The White Stripes. Elbow played their first ever gig at the venue, having previously worked behind the bar.

The current owner of the venue is Kate Mountain, who bought it in 1999 along with business partner Steve Lloyd. She said she is proud to have run a venue that allowed local artists to live out their musical dreams onstage.

"The Roadhouse has championed thousands of local musicians who dreamed of rock'n'roll stardom," she said. "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."

The final gig at The Roadhouse takes place on May 31.

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