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Music Heritage

Many famous musicians come from Salford including Russell Watson, Bernard Sumner, Shaun Ryder and Elkie Brookes. Graham Nash, of British pop group The Hollies and folk group super group Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young fame, was also brought up in Salford.

Salford's long been a magnet for musicians, with Morrissey recognising the city's iconic status as far back as the 80s (imagine!) when he chose Salford Lads Club to feature on The Queen is Dead album.

Take a look at Islington Mill and see the hot bed of creative activity oozing out of the building. The Ting Tings have been one many bands to use the recording studios in the mill as well as Sounds from the Other City. Gradually the mill has started to entertain more and more underground gigs and parties, creating a sought after performance space (club space) for bands in Salford.

Blueprint Studios opened its doors back in 2003 and has since welcomed the likes of 50 Cent and seen private album launches of Darren Hayes', The Tension and The Spark. It is a true Salford gem providing opportunities for local music students and of course the professional sort such as Justin Timberlake, Elbow, Russell Watson - yes our very own Salfordian tenor!

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