Peter Hook & The Light announce Australian dates + CD release
Peter Hook & The Light are set to play two sellout hometown gigs this weekend, these will be rather special as the set will comprise a live playback of both Joy Division’s ”ËUnknown Pleasures’ and ”ËCloser’ albums.
Fri 18th & Sat 19th November 2011 -The Lowry, Salford
With a intimate pre Lowry warm up taking place this Wednesday 16th November as part of The Castle in Oldham’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations, The Lowry gigs mark a sort of homecoming for Peter Hook who grew up in nearby Ordsall close to the now rejeuvanated Salford Quays.
The gigs came about because of Hooky’s close affinity to Salford and after a performance with Howard Marks there last year, and using the venue as a base for interviews, this relationship led to The Lowry offering The Light the venue, something that Hooky and the band were delighted to take up and the much loved Manchester icon Rowetta joins the band across both concerts.
“I am very proud to be playing two totally sold out gigs in my home town, especially in a venue I consider to be one of the best in the country. It’s a stone throw from where I was born and raised and with Media City attached is now a really great place. HEART and SOUL!”Â Peter Hook
The Lowry Concerts see The Light perform both “Unknown Pleasures”Â and “Closer”Â for the first time in the same concert, The Light having toured both of these albums world-wide since May 2010. Both gigs are entirely sold out and all seater making the concerts a very special event.
Guests at either concert are new Hacienda Records artists, Super White Assassin (Fri 18th Nov) who are set to release their debut 4 Track EP “In Formation”Â on the label in January 2012 and also the long term Factory Records stalwarts Section 25, who play Saturday 18th November showcasing both classic material and their recent “Invicta”Â EP released last month by the label (LTW review)
“I’m really looking forward to Section 25 playing at The Lowry and playing with Hooky. A seated venue and an intermission!, At my age it doesn’t get much better! ‘ Vincent Cassidy, Section 25
In other news, for Peter Hook And The Light, these shows act as a forerunner to a string of dates coming up between now and the end of the year, across Israel, Greece, Denmark, Italy and Holland.
In 2012, the band have just announced a return tour of Australia following the success of their tour in September with shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.
And finally as part of Hacienda Records ongoing partnership with US indie label 24 Hour Service Station, The Light’s debut EP, “1102 / 2011”Â is to be released as a physical CD as an extended edition featuring all four original tracks, four instrumentals and two unreleased a cappellas of the Rowetta sung Atmosphere.
Reissued in a jewel box sleeve which features James Chadderton’s highly acclaimed, visually stunning cover, the “1102 / 2011”Â EP its name from the palindromic recording date of 11th February 2011 at Blueprint Studios, Salford and Rowetta’s admired versions of “Atmosphere”Â, “New Dawn Fades”Â and “Insight”Â while Hook on unreleased Joy Divison “Pictures In My Mind”Â.
The CD is released in the States on Tuesday 22nd November and internationally on Monday 5th December.
Peter Hook And The Light Tour Dates 2011 / 2012
Fri 18th Nov 2011 The Lowry, Salford
Sat 19th Nov 2011 The Lowry, Salford
Weds 24rd Nov 2011 Reading 3, Tel Aviv
Fri 25th Nov 2011 Gagarin 205, Athens
Sat 26th Nov 2011 Eightball Live, Thessaloniki
Weds 30th Nov 2011 Amager Bio, Copenhagen
Thurs 1st Dec 2011 Train, Aarhus
Fri 9th Dec 2011 Orion, Rome, Italy
Sat 10th Dec 2011 Estragon, Bologna, Italy
Sun 11th Dec 2011 Deposito Giordani, Pordenone, Italy
Tues 20th Dec 2011 Effenaar, Eindhoven
Weds 21st Dec 2011 Oosterport, Groningen
Thurs 22nd Dec 2011 Melweg, Amsterdam
Thurs 12th April 2012 Palace Theatre, Melbourne
Fri 13th April 2012 Tivoli, Brisbane
Sat 14th April 2012 Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Mon 16th April 2012 HQ Complex, Adelaide