Bill Drummond and Two Tribes in the boxing ring

It’s not often 34 boxers look tense and edgy in a boxing gym, but they were last night when conceptual artist and musician Bill Drummond asked them to practise a weird range of chants. It was all part of Bill’s 4 year project called The 17.

Bill Drummond and the boxing teams

Sallford Lads club and Irlam Boxing Academy share the ring

Boxers from Salford Lads’ Club and Irlam Boxing Academy came out of their corners and comfort zone’s for one of their toughest tests.  It was all over in an hour with honours just about even despite the weight and size advantage of the SLC boxers. As soon as the chanting was over everybody spontaneously hit the punch bags!

Bill  Drummond will be back next year having twinned this event with a choir in Papa New Guinea.

The event was organised by  unconvention

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