Dirty Laces, rising stars of the local music scene, wowed their audience at the famous Salford Lads’ Club.

And the band were impressed too to be playing on such a famous stage.

“It feels great,” says frontman Charlie Jordan, as the band got ready. “It’s a bit strange to be in such an iconic venue.”

Dirty Laces opened  with In Time, bringing their stand-out sound with electrifying riffs and a powerful vocal, filling the room with energy and capturing the audience.

Continuing the set with high-energy, they followed with “Get Out” and latest release “Back Of The Line” before slowing the set down with a cover of The Smiths’ “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want”- paying tribute to the venue.

The band have a fierce sound, a combination of electrifying ’90s indie with psychedelic hints and grooving tones.

The group didn’t stop moving on stage and were fully immersed into the music which emitted energy across the entire venue.

The group have a unique sound and combine a mixture of genres.

Bassist Tom Edwards said: “We try to create our own thing, create our own sound. We aren’t massively influenced by Manchester bands, we do appreciate the scene but I say we look out at everything from The White Stripes to The Who, Cream… we’re into all different music.”

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Image by Olivia Kenny

Support came from other up-and-coming groups Bines and Cleargreen, as well as a DJ set in between the artists from Listen Up Music. 



The gig was raising funds to support the work done by Salford Lads’ and Girls’ Club, which host youth activities for the community in the Grade II listed building, which still has many of its original features.


Salford Lads’ Club is an iconic building which sits on the corner of St. Ignatius Walk and Coronation St. in Ordsall.

The recreational club opened more than 100 years ago and has a rich musical and cultural heritage, becoming world-famous in the 1980’s when local alternative band The Smiths were photographed outside its front doors, an image which went on to feature on their ”The Queen is Dead” album sleeve.

In the main sports hall, there was a pop-up bar as well as stalls selling Salford Lads’ Club memorabilia and merchandise, which all helped raise money for the registered charity.

The event was created by Happy Daze promoter Jordan Diggle. He said:: “This was my third ever show, I saw this as an opportunity to make my mark on Manchester as this was (I believe) the first ever show by Salford Lad’s Club of this nature and its paying dividends already…

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“Places like this a very few and far between so it’s vital that this remains open as I know I would have loved to have something like this for me when I was growing up.

“Events like what we did is an excellent way in which we can provide people with a great value for money experience whilst raising money for the club. ”

Over the past year Dirty Laces have attracted a growing following, recently selling out Gorilla in Manchester and making rounds of the festival circuit over summer. Later this month the five-piece band have another local headline show at The Deaf Institute on December 22 and you can expect to hear much more from them in 2020.

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