THE ICONIC Salford Lad’s Club will host a number of exclusive gigs in 2016 – leaving the possibility of a Smiths reunion open.

It is also understood a number of major promoters are keen on using the venue, who’ll be looking to capitalise on both the history and status of the building.

The Lads’ Club, made famous by Manchester band The Smiths, has become a tourist attraction with people from all over the world visiting the venue, on Coronation St.

Salford Lads’ Club has also, more recently played host to Courteeners’ singer Liam Fray, who played an acoustic set at the venue in August 2010.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Lads’ Club spokesman Leslie Holmes Said: “We can apply for up to ten temporary licences per year. We have one or two people interested already – promoters wanting to help us.”

“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.”

Understandably music fans reacted to the news delightedly, with some even suggesting a Smiths reunion may be in the works. Here are some of the best tweets:

By Rob Needham

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