Headlining with a full concert of Smiths/Morrissey classics, the fantastic VIVA MORRISSEY and his band
Support from singer Leila Hunt from The Lazy Sunbathers
Plus interviews with Liverpudlian Smiths/Morrissey Authors
“The Smiths had the power to change people's lives, and were much more than a simple pop/rock band, of the kind designed to 'entertain' and distract us temporarily from the mundanity of everyday life. Morrissey had, and continues to have, a unique perspective on life, and his lyrics, and the views and opinions he expresses during interviews, are testament to this. “ Viva Morrissey
The Salford Lads club will also be there with exclusive Lads club merchandise and local artists will also be there with exclusive limited prints .
To millions of fans around the world, The Smiths were the most important, intelligent, most idiosyncratically English, and most sorely missed pop band of the 1980’s. They were true originals,
Formed in 1982, the band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.
Critics have called them, one of the most important bands to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s. In 2002, NME named The Smiths “the artists to have the most influence on the NME” In 2003 , four of the bands albums appeared on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.
Based on the songwriting partnership of Morrissey and Marr the group signed to the independent record label, Rough Trade Records. Through Rough Trade they released four studio albums and 16 hit singles, with several singles reaching the top twenty and all four studio albums reaching the top five of the UK Albums Chart, Meat is Murder reaching number one. Their fans are still as passionate and influenced by the four lads from Manchester;
Liverpudlian Author, Matthew Jacobson (‘Pieces of Morrissey), recalls;
“The Smiths were life changing. They arrived like an answered prayer. They arrived like a fully formed gang and I felt like I had a personal invitation from Morrissey to join them in their achingly beautiful world. The lyrics described the everyday, the bleakness, the grey domestic life and Northern realism. The lyrics made me laugh, cry and think at the same time. Accompanied by wonderful celebratory music The Smiths coloured in this grey world and made my world in the North, poetic and beautiful. They influenced a generation with a words, images and sounds. Even today, being a Smiths fan, is a way of life for me - and it always will be”
This is a standing event.