The Light Perform Uknown Pleasures & Closer - Fri 18th Nov / Sat 19th Nov - The Lowry, Salford

Posted on Monday, 1 August 2011

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Peter Hook And The Light Perform

“Unknown Pleasures” & “Closer”

Friday 18th November / 

Saturday 19th November - Both–7.45pm

Quays Theatre, The Lowry,Salford Quays, M50 3AZ

Tickets : £23 available from from Monday 1st August

In what could be termed homecoming gigs, following a string of international dates throughout 2011. Peter Hook And The Light play two intimate concerts at The Lowry’s Quays Theatre on Friday 18th November and Saturday 19th November where the band will perform both of the Joy Division albums together in one evening for the first time.

Playing both Joy Division’s debut album “Unknown Pleasures” and its follow up, the final album “Closer” sequentially and in full, both Martin Hannett produced albums are considered seminal, much loved classics and the influence of both LPs remains pervasive today, both for fans and for the many emerging bands who take on the template of Joy Division’s sound in the modern era.

Running through the albums in track order, “Unknown Pleasures”, “simply one of the best records ever made, and still powerful enough to floor you 10/10” (NME), sees The Light start with “Disorder” and follow up with “Insight”, “New Dawn Fades”, “She’s Lost Control” before finishing the LP’s performance with “I Remember Nothing”.

The Light will then turn to Closer,whose haunting, austere atmosphere and emotive content is considered a “start to finish masterpiece”* (Pitchfork Media). As Hannett’s incandescent production permeates the record alongside a band that had grown much in confidence since their debut, Closer also yielded many landmark Joy Division tracks including “Atrocity Exhibition, “Heart And Soul”, and “Twenty Four Hours”.

Both of The Lowry concerts take place in the all seater Quays Theatre providing a new and different environment in which to take in The Light’s respectful renditions of the much admired and enduring albums.

Supports slots at the concerts are to be filled by Super White Assassins at the Friday 18th concert and humanizer on Saturday 19th, both of whom are soon to be released on Hacienda Records, the new digital label which also released The Light’s debut EP “1102 / 2011” in May of this year. For info on this and other releases, check

Prior to The Lowry dates, Peter Hook And The Light are touring America, Canada and Mexico in September and October 2011 before undertaking a string of European dates in November and December. For information on these dates, check

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)

"Closeris 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” Manchester Evening News

Peter Hook And The Light

Peter Hook And The Light features Peter Hook on vocals and bass, Jack Bates on bass, Nat Wason on guitar, Andy Poole on keyboards and Paul Kehoe on drums. Rowetta performs as guest vocalist at selected gigs. Having performed together at the opening night of The Factory in February 2010, The Light have undertaken extensive tours of mainland Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and The United States, as well as numerous UK and international festival appearances. /


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