The Light - Live At Manchester Cathedral - Live Recording Released By Play Concert Mon 22 April 13 - Also Summer 2013 Live Dates

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Peter Hook & The Lights Manchester Cathedral

Debut “Movement” / “Power Corruption & Lies” Live Concert Jan 2013

Released In Full Via Play Concert Mon 22nd April 2013

Also Available Unknown Pleasures – Live In Preston & Leeds Nov 2012

Additional Dates For The Light Announced For Summer 2013 Including The Coronet London Sat 21st June / Buxton Opera House Tues 23rd July / Crooked Ways Festival Sat 1st June / Barnaby Festival Sat 23rd June / Rebellion Festival Aug 11th 2013

Peter Hook And The Light made their debut performances of New Order’s “Movement” and “Power Corruption And Lies” with three sold out concerts at the turn of the year, the final of which was a highly acclaimed event, at Manchester Cathedral Friday 18th January 2013.

Dubbed “quite extraordinary” and “a real triumph” by critics, the Manchester concert was recorded in full by Play Concert and is to be released digitally exclusively at their site on Monday 22nd April.

Also in advance of extensive touring dates due later in the year, The Light have just announced a string of UK dates featuring the New Order albums, including a new London date with a headline show at The Coronet on Saturday 21st Junewhere the band intend an electronic influenced set from the albums and singles and a return to Buxton Opera House for a double header featuring both “Movement” and “Power, Corruption & Lies” in full on Tuesday 23rd July.

The Light are also to perform a “Movement” and “Power Corruption & Lies” highlights show at the Crooked Ways Festival on Saturday 1st June with dates playing the Joy Division albums “Unknown Pleasures” and “Closer” also coming up in Holmfirth and Russia in April, Barnaby Festival, Macclesfield in June and Rebellion Festival in Blackpool August of this year.

The Manchester Cathedral recording sees the performances of the albums in full and in sequential order, which has become central to The Light’s live performances and the band also revisit many of the singles of 1981 to 1983 including “Ceremony”, “Everything’s Gone Green”, “Temptation” and “Blue Monday

The last album from the band to be produced by Martin Hannett, “Movement’s reputation has grown stronger amongst fans since its release. Hooky took lead vocals on albums tracks, opener “Dreams Never End” and “Doubts Even Here” and also in Manchester runs through the lighter touches of “Chosen Time” and “Senses”, alongside the emotion and soul searching of the LP’s centre-point “The Him”, “ICB” and “Truth”.

In comparison, “Power Corruption And Lies” shows the emergence of what is termed the archetypal New Order electronic sound. Enthusiastically received on release, the album contains some of the fan’s live favourites such as “Age Of Consent” and “Your Silent Face” with“Age Of Consent”, “Your Silent Face” and the delicately wrought and soulful “Leave Me Alone”,

Play Concert had previously released two shows by The Light, Preston and Leeds, recorded on last year’s “Unknown Pleasures” UK Tour in November, both of which are available to download from Play Concert in full.

Free tracks “Transmission” and “Dead Souls” from both the Unknown Pleasures Preston And Leeds concert recordings are now available on Play Concerts soundcloud page to download where you can also listen to a preview edit of the entire concerts here –

A preview edit of the Manchester gig is now also available from the Soundcloud page and a free track “Cries And Whispers” and clips of each song will also be available to download from the Play Concert soundcloud page from the Monday 15th April prior to the release and you can pre-order the Manchester Cathedral Recording here prior to release -

To preorder The Manchester Cathedral Concert Now Link Here -

Peter Hook & The Light Live At Manchester Cathedral – Reviews - January 2013

“There was never any doubt that this gig by the New Order legend and his new band was to be something quite extraordinary [and].there was certainly an air of eager anticipation that this was an event, a happening, a moment in history. [Hooky’s] bouncing, bending stage presence give this whole performance the urgency and, aptly, movement that it might be said is lacking in the ‘other’ New Order’s live performances of the past year.”

Manchester Evening News

“What Hooky has done is grab these songs by the scruff of the neck and give them a punkiness with his bass driving the songs with an added raw power.Tonight is a real triumph - everything was perfect from the venue, to the acoustics, to the delivery of the songs, to the tight band, to the vocals and that distinctive great bass playing. A romp through a back catalogue should never be this good but Hooky has made these songs have a very different narrative and put a whole new heart and soul into them.”

Louder Than War

“Hook swings the bass from side to side with passion during “Temptation”, stomps the stage like a dinosaur during “Dreams Never End” and its clear from the vocals he’s still got one hell of a roar, a guttural lungful of force adding extra weight to “Senses”, “Truth” and “Doubts Even Here” too. “As the set moves into “Power, Corruption & Lies”, via the squelching synths of “Everything’s Gone Green”, the cathedral becomes an incongruous rave setting with a few nostalgic acid house heads dancing like it’s 1989. NME

“This isn't a simple run-through ofMovement, either. Tracks have been carefully and subtly updated. There's a lot of hard work gone into this set. Veering from the albums’ content, we're also given bouncing reinterpretations of "Temptation" and "Blue Monday", sending the Cathedral's congregation into the Manchester night with a Ready Brek glow.”


“It is truly a testament to The Light’s ability to inhabit the songs and instil a new sense of ownership…not to the original recordings, but within these live outings... with Hook remaining silent to the fore, they pumped and pushed into a distinctive contemporary area. This is not a tribute band. it is the sound of The Light. Manchester Cathedral, in January 2013 that played host to a moment of true glory. I don’t personally care about the crumbling dynamic of ageing band camaraderie, but it remains thrilling to see old favourites carried lovingly to a new place.”

Mick Middles

Peter Hook And The Light Upcoming Live Dates

April 15th 2013 The Picturedrome Holmfirth (Unknown Pleasures / Closer)

April 17th 2013 Moscow Hall Moscow (Unknown Pleasures / Closer)

April 18th 2013 Tele Club Yekaterinburg (Unknown Pleasures / Closer)

April 19th 2013 Kosmanaut Klub St Petersburg (Unknown Pleasures / Closer)

June 1st 2013 Crooked Ways Festival Pontefract (Movement/PC&L H’lights)

June 21st 2013 The Coronet London (Movement / PC&L Electronic Set)

June 23rd 2013 Barnaby Festival Macclesfield (Unknown Pleasures / Closer)

July 23rd 2013 Buxton Opera House, Buxton (Movement / PC&L Full LPs)

Aug 11th 2013 Rebellion Festival, Blackpool (Unknown Pleasures)

About Play Concert

Play Concert pride themselves on furthering access to live music and concerts recordings, delivered digitally via their concert audio and live streaming services.

Based in Manchester, Play Concert professionally record and re-master concert audio, making it available for download from their website after the show. In addition to this they provide live streaming services, delivering concerts and events directly to a users laptop, desktop or mobile device.

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