Updated: Wednesday, 1st July 2020 @ 4:56pm

The Roadhouse takes on the royal wedding with tongue-in-cheek Smiths themed gig

The Roadhouse takes on the royal wedding with tongue-in-cheek Smiths themed gig

By Joe Cummings

We may not all care about the royal wedding, but everyone cares about the extra bank holiday.

If you’re in the city on Thursday night and feel like celebrating the fact that you honestly couldn’t care less about the upcoming nuptials, then an evening of live music in the Northern Quarter could be just the ticket.

The Roadhouse, one Manchester’s most celebrated music venues, is hosting a Smiths/Morrissey themed night brought to you by Designer Magazine.

Five bands will take to the basement clubs stage, to play sets of their own material, but each will play one or two Smiths or Morrissey songs of their choice.

Gracing the stage on the night, titled, “William, it was really nothing”, will be the Decade Parade, Optional Wallace, Midnight Mafia, Jom Tones and The Spiels.

This will be the debut gig for Jom Tones, recently formed from the ashes of previous musical ventures.

Band-member Henry Flint, 18, said they were just looking forward to the gig. He said: “I’m all for it really, but most of the people I’ve spoken to really hate the royal family, but if makes some people happy it’s probably ok.

“I do get a bit annoyed when it’s tax-payers money just going on buying William a bigger wedding cake, though.

“We’ve chosen a couple of Smiths tracks for the gig, but we’re keeping them secret for now.”

Ryan Lamey, 33, of The Spiels, observed: “People over here really don’t seem bothered about the wedding. Honestly, as a band, I don’t think we’ve discussed it.

“Back home in Canada, people think the UK comes to a standstill so that everyone can obsess about it, but we’re just interested in putting on a good show.”

In between the bands, DJ’s will be playing all the usual Indie and Rock favourites, so aim to be there when the doors open at 7pm.

Advance tickets can be purchased from wegottickets.co.uk and seetickets.com, at £5 each.