A famous Smiths landmark will now be turned into a music venue. The Salford Lads’ Club as it is known has long been associated with the Manchester band.
The venue appeared on The Smiths’ 1986 album The Queen is Dead. The album sleeve featured the band posing in front of the building.
It was recently announced that the Salford Lads’ Club will now be a music venue which will host a number of intimate gigs. The club, which is located in Ordsall, Greater Manchester, has become a place of pilgrimage for Smiths fans ever since it appeared on the inner sleeve of the band’s 1986 LP The Queen Is Dead.
The club has played host to gigs in the past, with The Charlatans curating a gig there in 2010 and The Courteeners playing there that same year, but this would be the first time the venue promotes shows on a regular basis.
Speaking about the venue, the Manchester Eveving news said there is “interest from major promoters after the owners announced plans to stage about 10 gigs a year.” Johnny Marr is said to be in consideration for at least one of the shows.
You can check out the famous photo of The Smiths outside the Salford Lads’ Club down below.
Taken 30 years ago today – The Smiths outside Salford Lads Club. Photo by Stephen Wright. https://t.co/kC46eH90iL pic.twitter.com/UsR7rX04OS
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