24 October 2008
In Salford 
The house where the Ryder brothers grew up, the schools attended by Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner, Terry Mason and Tony Wilson and Morrissey's favourite club are just some of the locations on the first ever Salford Music Map which launches today.

The aim of the new map is to reclaim some legendary 'Manchester' music myths that rightly belong to its sister city, while helping promote Salford as a destination with a rich musical heritage.

The map, which is the brainchild of Salford City Council, and researched by music author, TV producer, Salford University lecturer, David Nolan, will be available for free from visitsalford.info and from a number of locations across the city including The Kings Arms in Bloom Street, The Lowry, Salford Lads Club, Islington Mill and Salford University.

Cerysmatic Factory was fortunate enough a couple of weeks ago to get a sneak preview of the map with a special tour of (mostly) FAC-related Salford sites with David Nolan. The results are documented in a short film which is available on Google Video.

A giant 3D version of the Map will also be on show at the Quiffs, Riffs and Tiffs exhibition at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

David Nolan said "The Map will bring Salford's music stories to life. Some stories you may know and some you may think you know... others you'll never have heard before. There's punk and folk there alongside heavy rock and pop. Now you'll be able to see exactly where all this great music came from, not only that it'll look great on your wall too."

Cllr Barry Warner, Salford City Council's lead member for culture and sport said "We have a wealth of musical heritage and the Salford Music Map is about bringing it all together and showcasing Salford as the musical and creative city it is, making it easy for residents to explore alongside music fans from across the UK and even abroad.

"There are iconic landmarks such as Salford Lads Club that The Smiths made famous and lesser known creative hubs like Islington Mill which helped launch the Ting Tings. We've attempted to capture as many of these as we can.

"We've no doubt that this map will help promote Salford as a destination with a musical history and an exciting future, building on the success of music events such as Proms in the Park and Sounds from the Other City, which brings Chapel Street to life each May with live music."

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