Historic Manchester music venue to close

Legendary Manchester music venue Sound Control has confirmed it will shut its doors before the end of the year.

The venue on New Wakefield Street will close in December to make way for new student accommodation.

The building is steeped in musical history. Born on Chapel St. as All Repairs, it then became A1 Music, followed by Academy of Sound and later Sound Control.

During the early nineties A1 was the place to buy your gear from – a “proper” music shop staffed by muso’s. Wandering round during the week you were as likely to bump into the likes of Johnny Marr, Noel Gallagher, Barny Sumner, Tim Booth, or even Gary Barlow.

Most famously the venue played a crucial role in the story of the Stone Roses; the man famously referred to as ‘ten Keith Moon’s in one’ , Reni joined in May 1984 after reading an advertisement the band had placed in – as it was then known – A1 Music.

Events manager Ben Taylor confirmed the news on social media saying:
“You've probably seen the news, Sound Control is set to be demolished at the end of the year to make way for student accommodation. 8 years, to the day we opened, our last chance to dance will be Saturday December 16th.

“The hugest of thanks to everyone that have worked, played supported, danced, drank, sang with us.”

Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant