- Published: 19 November 2012
Following a long 12 months since the demise of the previous operating company, promoters Chibuku and Circus have announced that a major deal has been completed regards the Masque venue sealing its long term future in the city. On December 9th the promoters of both clubs will hand over the premises to a new partnership with the MAMA Group, for immediate commencement of an amazing renovation programme.
MAMA Group are owners of major live venues including London Forum, Jazz Café and Ritz Manchester and leading UK festivals including Global Gathering, Lovebox, Wilderness festivals and many more.
Richard McGinnis explains that, “We have worked tirelessly every day since The Masque closed to bring the right deal to the table and make the venue everything it should have been. We are hitting our 13th year in The Masque next year, and finally we will be able to bring together all the great promoters in the city in a venue which Liverpool will be proud of. We have worked with MAMA in various forms over the last ten years and their success in transforming the iconic Manchester Ritz really was the trigger for us. Liverpool for too long has been second best for touring live acts and right now needs a venue of merit for local bands to aspire to play in. We are going to create that venue. We have had a few close calls and a few false starts in getting this deal across the line, so I'm over the moon finally we can announce it to everyone. We need to take time to thank Tony Mutch and Tony Rothwell, the freeholders for their incredible patience, vision and support over the last year. Without them the city would have lost this incredible space."
As part of this amazing news for Liverpool, two of its most revered clubs, Circus and Chibuku, have announced their final parties taking place across the remainder of December. Both clubs are crowning momentous years, with Yousef’s Circus reaching its X anniversary in September, and Chibuku continuing its vibrantly eclectic template. The action moves across town, from The Masque to The Camp and Furnace, utilising two of the city’s most iconic venues. More information on these events will be announced soon.