Peter Hook And The Light Announce UK Tour May / June 2012

Posted on Wednesday, 14 December 2011

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Peter Hook And The Light UK Tour May/June '12

Fri 25th May Liverpool O2 Academy        (Unknown Pleasures)

Sat 26th May Glasgow Oran Mor           (Unknown Pleasures)

Sun 27th May Nottingham Rescue Rooms (Unknown Pleasures)

Tues 29th May Sheffield Leadmill (Unknown Pleasures)

Weds 30th May Birmingham OAcademy (Unknown Pleasures)

Fri 1st June London OAcademy Islington (Closer)

Sat 2nd June Oxford OAcademy (Unknown Pleasures)

Tickets On Sale For Glasgow, Nottingham & Sheffield 9am Friday 16th December 2011

02 Academy Venues (Liverpool, Birmingham, London, Oxford) 12 Noon Friday 16th December 2011

Only Confirmed North West Date For 2012

Sat 25th Feb Buxton Opera House        (Unknown Pleasures / Closer)

Following a string of well received international dates throughout 2011 and the most recent UK concerts at The Lowry, Salford, Peter Hook And The Light have announced a UK tour for May and June 2012, visiting a number of cities for the first time to perform Joy Division’s debut album “Unknown Pleasures and returning to London for their second ever concert in the capital playing Closer.

Beginning in Liverpool, the tour sees Hooky and The Light play their second ever Scottish gig in Glasgow before returning to England with dates in Nottingham, Sheffield and Oxford, all of which are “Unknown Pleasures” concerts whereas the London date sees the first ever “Closer” concert in the city.

Tickets for the Glasgow, Sheffield and Nottingham gigs go on sale from 9am on Friday 16th December 2011.

The 02 Academy Gigs (Liverpool, Birmingham, London. Oxford) are on sale from 12 noon Friday 16th Dec 2011.

In the only North West date for Peter Hook And The Light presently confirmed for 2012, the band are to play “Unknown Pleasures” and “Closer” in the same evening at Buxton Opera House on Saturday 25th February 2012.

Playing the albums sequentially and in track order, both Martin Hannett produced LPs are considered seminal, much loved classics and their influence remains pervasive today, both with fans and for the many bands, influenced by and who have taken on the template of Joy Division’s sound in the modern era.

“Unknown Pleasures” is considered one of the most stunning debut albums ever released and “still powerful enough to floor you 30 years on” (NME) while on“Closer” Hannett’s incandescent production permeates the record alongside a band that had grown much in confidence approaching their second album.

Both albums have come to yield many landmark tracks, “Unknown Pleasures” with “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.

With each album in full during the concert, The Light also turn to Hooky’s early repertoire to perform many other Warsaw and Joy Division tracks, some of which have never been played live previously.

Since The Light’s debut of “Unknown Pleasures” in May 2010 at The Factory, Manchester, Hooky and the band have performed across festivals including Benicassim, Vintage, 1234 and toured much of mainland Europe, Australia, North and South America. 2012 will see a stretch of central European dates and a UK date in the North West in February at Buxton Opera House before the band return to Australia prior to the full UK Tour in May and June.

For videos and concert footage from The Light check

Peter Hook And The Light’s debut EP “1102 / 2011” was released digitally on Hacienda Records in May 2011 and as a extended edition CD with American indie label 24 Hour Service in December 2010. The EP takes its name from the palindromic recording date of 11th February 2011 at Blueprint Studio, Salford and features four tracks, The Light’s regular guest vocalist Rowetta’s interpretations of “Atmosphere”, “New Dawn Fades” and “Insight” while Peter Hook sings on the previously unfinished Joy Division track “Pictures In My Mind.” More at /

On “Unknown Pleasures” – The Album (NME)

The band’s debut ‘Unknown Pleasures’ is simply one of the best records ever made, and is still powerful enough to floor you 30 years on. With an almost dub-like, spacey atmosphere sculpted by studio genius Martin Hannett, the band’s sound was almost the polar opposite of the punk music which had brought them together after a Sex Pistols show in 1976. 10/10

On “Closer” – The Album (Pitchfork Media)

"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.

On “Peter Hook And The Light”

“Nights like this are a reminder what music lovers have missed out on for three decades”

M.E.N on The Factory, May 2010

“Y’know when every indie disco goes mental when a Joy Division song comes on? It’s like that only ten times better....Face it, this is the closest thing you’re ever going to get to Joy Division”

NME on Benicassim 2010

"For true fans of the music, the artistic merits of hearing a piece played as it was written in lieu of strung together commercial hits provides a far more interesting and uniquely rewarding live music experience.

Jambase, Sept 2011

"The shows turned out to be truly unique in their own distinctive way, but what can be said is that they shared a similar celebratory vibe, a celebration of all things Joy Division. Peter Hook,had the responsibility of assembling a band and live show that would musically represent Joy Divisions short yet rich history as a group that changed British rock music forever, he succeeded in doing just that.”

Big Wheel Magazine, Sept 2011

“Peter Hook & The Light brought to life an album of darkness, with heart, dignity and I would hope this isn’t our last chance to see this reincarnation of Joy Division."

Everything But Urban, Sept 2011

"A heart-rending homage to the original band, and a great example of rock showmanship."

National Post, Sept 2011


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