Another Manchester live music venue announces closure

Carsons Bar, a cult venue which has hosted Catfish and the Bottlemen and Viola Beach closes its doors

A cult Manchester music venue is shutting up shop after eight years.

A small space focusing on up-and-coming acts, Carsons bar opened in 2008, and has hosted gigs by the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen, Viola Beach, and The Slow Readers Club, as well as veteran acts such as The Space Monkeys.

Jemma Carr, part of the family team who took a full year to convert a derelict sewing factory into a fully functioning live music venue and bar, told the Manchester Evening News that the owners had decided it was time for a change.


She said: “We have had eight amazing years as a family running Carsons and made some brilliant memories, but we have all agreed it’s time for a change. We haven’t decided on the next venture yet – we may reopen as a private event space or we may let someone else open the venue.”

“We have made lifelong friends and it has been a pleasure to showcase new music with the band nights,” she added. “We would like to publicly thank our customers for sharing the experience with us.”

Dave Sweetmore, who ran regular DJ sets at Carsons for four years, said it had been one of his favourite venues.

“The leaving party was emotional, and on behalf of myself and all the DJs and amazing bands that have played there over the years we can’t thank the Carr family enough,” he said.
“It’s been my favourite music venue in the north of Manchester, nowhere comes close and I’m proud to be part of it.

“Carsons isn’t just another venue closing down, it’s a piece of history.”