The Salford Lads Club Are Due To Start Hosting Concerts | Music News
If you are a fan of The Smiths you would have heard of this recreational club before. The club made famous by The Smiths when they posed in a photo in front of Salford Lads Club that appeared on inner sleeve of The Smiths magnum opus 1986 album The Queen Is Dead.The Smiths music videos for the songs of “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” and “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” also used shots of the building’s exterior.
The Venue is planning to stage about ten concerts a year and former Smiths lead guitarist Johnny Marr may be a potential performer for one of these concerts, Leslie Holmes the club spokesman said:
“We have put in new fire escapes and a lift. We have improved access to the building with a grant. Now we can have 200 [people at the venue], and the sound gets better the more people you have in the room. We could have small exclusive gigs. In the past we had a secret XFM gig with Liam Fray, of the Courteeners, and we have had Billy Bragg here. We had a limited number for the concert hall, and since we did the work with the Sport England grant we can accommodate more”.
Holmes continued by saying: “We think there will be a lot of interest from bands wanting to play here. We can apply for up to 10 temporary licences per year. We have one or two people interested already – promoters wanting to help us“.