A POPULAR music venue in the city has announced it will be closing its doors for good.

Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, in Middle Street, Brighton, posted a statement online saying that December 31 will be its last day in business.

The venue has been a staple for music in the city for a number of years, but has said that there are “too many issues” that lie before them to make continuing to run the bar a viable option.

Sticky Mike’s opened in 2011 to much fanfare from music fans, who were clamouring out for more live venues.

The statement, which was posted on their Facebook page, continued: “Running a Grassroots Music Venue (GMV) is tough.

“However, we’ve had a blast over the last seven years putting on some amazing shows and parties.

“Breaking moulds and giving artists the chance to go on to bigger things has always been our mission from day one.

“Thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years, everyone who has played at the venue but most of all everyone who has just hung out and made the space what it is.”

Those behind Sticky Mike’s are also involved in two other Brighton bars; The Hope and Ruin and East Street Tap.

They have said they want to continue to improve The Hope and Ruin, and that the East Street Tap will be hosting more live shows next year.

The post was made at just before 5pm yesterday, and messages of support and sadness came flooding in almost immediately.

Facebook user Bertie Wiseman said: “Why is it always cool places which have to close down.”

Fellow social media user Alexander Edward Camp added: “This is the worst news ever.”

There will be a number of parties held between now and the end of the year, to ensure that Sticky Mike’s goes out with a bang.