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

Billy Bragg and Jarvis Cocker at Salford Lads’ Club

Yesterday we had a great music event here, part of the Un-Convention weekend. We had settees in the gym, Jarvis Cocker in the Smiths Room and Billy Bragg in the concert hall. And lots more in between – including some amazing performances from the Beating Wing Orchestra, Kid British and an international band led by Graham Massey.

Kid British at Salford Lads' Club

Some more pics from yesterday can be seen at

Heritage Open Days Special Concert

As part of our Heritage Open Weekend we have a special concert on Sunday 12th September at 2pm.  Its a 2 part concert by  Ordsall Acapella Singers and a BBC Philharmonic Quintet.

Ordsall Acapella Singers who recently performed at the Buxton Festival will be the first choir to perform on the restored concert hall stage. Up until WW2 Salford Lads’ Club had its own male voice choir.  This was formed in 1911 and gave many concerts across Salford and Manchester.

The second half of the concert is by six members of the BBC Philharmonic, who play Harp, Flute, and strings. They will perform 2 pieces of French music for Harp Quintet’s .The 4 string players will also perform music by George Gershwin – including ‘Summertime’ from Porgy and Bess.

Salford Lads' Club  male voice choir 1920

The heritage open days are on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September from 1-4pm and the concert is free.

Pictures from the concert on Sunday 12th September

Ordsall Acapella Singers performing at Salford Lads' Club

A Quintet from the BBC Philharmonic performing at Salford Lads' Club

Workhouse children in the concert hall

Ollie Wiva Twist rehearsals

On Tuesday nights we have lots of young people rehearsing a new version of Oliver Twist.  Its called Ollie Wiva Twist – produced by Tracie and Dan from the Salford Foundation.
All the young people taking part, are from Salford. The final production takes place at the Lowry – August 25th.  Proceeds from the show are being donated to SLC and the Salford Foundation Trust.

The show is now sold out which is fantastic news. To see the project in action go to

Strictly table tennis?

The Smiths Indeed in the senior games room
A picture from the newly restored senior games room at the club. The sport usually taking place here is table tennis, but this week Liverpool based Smiths tribute band,The Smiths Indeed launched their 25th anniversary “Meat is Murder” tour “ The event was filmed for the BBC North West Tonight programme.

BBC Philharmonic in the Concert Hall!

This weekend we have a special Heritage Open Days event.

A string quartet from the BBC Philharmonic will be performing in the club to celebrate the completion of the Concert Hall.

The Marchini Quartet are part of the BBC Philharmonic. The performance will be of English music from the early 1900s including music by Elgar, Britten and John Ireland. The concert is at 2.30pm

The restoration work was supported by Salford Central Urban Regeneration Company

SWEDISH DRILL in the Concert Hall

A 3 month performing Arts project  working with local young people and artists came to a fantastic conclusion last night with a live performance in the newly restored concert hall. The event involved a new gymnastic dance, projected film and live music from the Ordsall Samba Drummers.

Young people were from Kidzwidreamz- SAYO- Salford Lads & Girls Club and artists from Company Fierce and Ordsall Community Arts. The event was filmed by Heather James from Lets Go Global TV

The project was supported by  the Clore Duffield Foundation

Swedish Drill was the aerobics of the early 1900s and the foundation for modern gymnastics. Our event was inspired by archive photographs of Swedish Drill classes taken in Salford Lads’ Club in 1909

Indian Classical Dance at Salford Lads’ Club


A group of Year 5 children from St. Mary’s RC Primary School in Eccles took part in two sessions of Indian Classical Dance in the main gym this week.

The children were introduced to the Bharatnatyam dance tradition by dancer and choreographer Dr Swati Raut and her assistant Sheetal Maru. The event was part of a Manchester and Salford Creative Partnerships project.

The archive picture shows a ‘drill class’ taking place on the same gym floor in 1910.