“Joy Division : A Celebration”
Performing The Albums “Unknown Pleasures” & “Closer”
With An Opening Set Of New Order Material
Friday 15th May 2020 02 Academy Brixton
Saturday 16th May 2020 02 Apollo Manchester
Tickets on sale Friday 26th April 2019 at 10AM.
Manchester – https://bit.ly/TheLightApolloMCRMay2020
Commemorating four decades of the group’s and Ian Curtis’ continuing influence, Peter Hook & The Light are to perform two special concerts “Joy Division : A Celebration” at 02 Academy Brixton and 02 Apollo Manchester in May 2020.
For the first time in the UK since their sold out Camden Roundhouse show in December 2017, both shows see them play “Unknown Pleasures” and “Closer” in full plus singles and B sides along with an opening set of New Order material.
These Joy Division album shows have become much less common for The Light as they move through their progression of touring the New Order albums in succession since 2012. Aside from some one-off gigs such as The Roxy in LA and Manchester Academy, these are the first major shows to be announced for this set in some years.
In addition to coming some forty four years since Joy Division formed, these gigs also mark ten years since The Light began at The Factory in Manchester on 18th May 2010. That journey has seen them now perform eleven of both his bands’ albums all round the world including numerous tours of North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and the Far East.
Tickets for these anniversary shows go on sale 10AM Friday 26th April.
The charities to be supported by the concerts are CALM and Epilepsy Society.
The influence of Joy Division and their music remains strong in popular culture, holding a sincere reverence. The albums are played sequentially in track order, respecting the inspiration and impact of the stunning debut album “Unknown Pleasures” and the immaculately produced second “Closer”.
“Unknown Pleasures” features “Disorder” “Insight”, “New Dawn Fades”, and “She’s Lost Control” while “Closer”, considered “a start to finish masterpiece” by Pitchfork Media counts “Atrocity Exhibition”, “Heart And Soul” and “Twenty Four Hours” amongst its many highlights.
In addition to the albums, the Brixton and Manchester May 2020 concerts will span the entirety of Joy Division’s rich but short career including early Warsaw material, tracks from the compilation LP “Still” to the final songs “Ceremony” and “In a Lonely Place” written by Joy Division which were to form New Order’s first single.
“Closer is even more austere, more claustrophobic, more inventive, more beautiful, and more haunting than its predecessor. It’s also Joy Division‘s start-to-finish masterpiece, a flawless encapsulation of everything the group sought to achieve” 10 / 10.
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