Words: Steve Brown
A beloved Manchester LGBTQ club is set to reopen under new ownership.
On January 17, Kiki Manchester announced it was closing and sold the venue – which also hosted an underground house club called Void, which also shut – to Stonegate Pub Company.
Writing on Facebook the club said: This post is not an easy one to write, however it is with a heavy heart that KIKI & VOID will be closing its doors for the last time at the end of trade this Sunday.
“We have sold to Stonegate and wish them the best with the venue.
“It has been an amazing and exciting 6 years of becoming established on this little old street we call home.
“We have seen many faces, held some of those most exciting events (the less said on Gemma Collins the better).
“We accidently split up Atomic Kitten by getting Kerry drunk. And have introduced and helped kick start so many Drag Queens on to the scene we have lost count.
“Most importantly, we couldn’t have done it without you. More than just customers - part of a safe space; where you belonged and really did show us how to party.
“To our managers, staff, DJs, security, entertainment staff past and present and also our two fantastic cleaners, we thank you and will always remember the laughs.
“A true family – forever #TEAMKIKI”
Under Stonegate, the club will be known as The Brewers and the new owners confirmed the venue is set to reopen in mid-February and will have two rooms.