Grassroots Manchester venue Partisan Collective to shut after seven years

Photo: Partisan Collective

The group have cited “rising costs” in not renewing their lease and are considering the co-operative’s future.

Manchester grassroots music venue Partisan has announced that it will shut at the end of the month (31 July).

Having operated for seven years, the co-operative behind the space, Partisan Collective, explained in an Instagram post yesterday (4 July) that due to “rising costs and the demands of running a full-time club, those members who came to our last general meeting collectively decided to close the space”.

Partisan Collective will continue to operate as a co-operative for the time being, who will be holding a general meeting on 16 July to discuss the group’s future. They have encouraged anyone who wants to see the collective continue and evolve to join the meeting.

They wrote: “We now need you more than ever. Without this physical location, we’re worried about the energy, passion and commitment behind our seven-year-old DIY collective getting lost. To be frank, we’re worried about Partisan ceasing to exist.”

Located in Islington Mill, Salford, Partisan was first opened in 2016 as an independent, DIY venue. It is self-described as a “queer friendly, inclusive and accessible venue”, and focuses on club nights and live music. They will host a seventh birthday party fundraiser on Saturday, 20 July.

See the full statement below.