Legendary Hull music institution the Welly has been saved and will reopen in May when Government lockdown restrictions permit Live Music Venues to restart.
The venue has been saved from administration by Tokyo Industries who operate other successful cutting live music venues across the UK, Ibiza & US. Tokyo Industries stepped up to save Manchester Live Music Venues GORILLA and THE DEAF INSTITUTE back in July and has since been working on a rescue deal for THE WELLY.
‘The Wellington Club’ has been operating for more than 100 years and has been at the forefront of musical culture in the City launching the careers of some of the Cities finest bands, DJs and promoters who have gone on to achieve international recognition. Roland Gift, The Housemartins, Beautiful South, Everything But The Girl all launched their careers at THE WELLY, legendary City club nights and promoters Sugar Shack, Deja vu, Yo-Yo and Shinobi also cut their teeth at THE WELLY. The venue was one the first in the country to champion musical revolutions such as Punk, Acid House, Indie, Brit Pop and Electronic music and has played host to world-famous bands and superstar DJs such as Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs, Baby Shambles, Pete Tong, Erick Prydz and Norman Jay to name but a few.Tokyo Industries, Managing Director Aaron Mellor commented “The UK needs regional live music venues like THE WELLY, they are a vital part of a cities cultural fabric – we must work hard to try and retain these creative gems for future generations to enjoy, COVID has been hugely difficult for Live Music Venues nationally and it will take some time to recover from this lost year, we hope to re-engage the jobs that people lost during the closure”
The Welly will benefit from some aesthetic improvements while retaining all of it’s a unique charm and special atmosphere. Cutting edge sound, lighting and visual production will also be installed into the venue. Popular club nights Jelly & Shuffle will return along with the addition of Déjà vu which gained international recognition for its highly successful award-winning residency at the Welly bringing many of the world’s biggest DJs to the City. Glamorous Ibiza disco brand Boogie in Wonderland will also showcase regular events. Tokyo Industries are also committed to returning a strong program of live music back to the venue.
Aaron Mellor commented “Its been the worst year ever for hospitality and live music venues, but it feels like the end in sight. It’s an exciting time for the City of Hull and THE WELLY, lets finally look forward to seeing some great live bands again”