The Light To Perform “Unknown Pleasures” / “Closer” For Manchester Academy’s 25th Anniversary - Fri 30 Oct 2015

Posted on Tuesday, 17 February 2015

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Peter Hook & The Light “Unknown Pleasures”/“Closer” Manchester Academy’s 25th Anniversary  Celebrations

Friday 30th Oct 2015 - From 7pm

Tickets: £23 Adv+BF -

In a special concert as part of the 25th Birthday celebrations for Manchester Academy, Peter Hook & The Light are to perform Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” and “Closer” in full and all material from the band 1978 to 1980 at the venue’s Academy One, Friday 30th October 2015.

Aside from a few special concerts such as The Roxy Los Angeles November 2014 which sold out quickly, The Light have only rarely performed the Joy Division albums in full since moving onto the New Order catalogue and this concert marks the first time The Light will have played them in their hometown since the Lowry Salford shows in October 2011.

Hooky And The Light perform on the final weekend of the month with three other commemorative gigs taking place in October and November, Buzzcocks and guests Sat 10th Oct, Bruce Foxton (The Jam) Sat 31st Oct and The Wedding Present Sat 14th Nov.

Unknown Pleasures” is considered one of the most stunning debut albums ever released 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 apart from by The Light.

As has also become custom, the band will be opening for themselves with a specially selected set of New Order material.

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 Live

“Peter Hook & The Lighthave developed into a well-oiled machine that - whisper it - actually deliver these songs better than the current line-up of New Order....they've become an impressive tour de force more than worthy of associating themselves with arguably two of the finest back catalogues in rock and roll history.” Drowned In Sound

'A masterclass in euphoria and heartache in equal measure....Delving into over 30 songs stretching back to the 70s, Hooky and his current outfit performed the entirety of New Order albums Low-Life and Brotherhood - two records that helped shape and define post-punk and synthpop. The result was two hours teeming with heartbreak and affection.....The chronology of the set played perfectly as high spirits continued to grow right up until the end of the show.”Gigwise

“Bruce Springsteen and Leonard Cohen have competition when it comes to marathon concerts. Stepping into the ring is former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook, whose current tour finds him on stage for three hours.” Irish Independent

“Say what you will about Peter Hook, the man has got balls….It was most enjoyable to revisit these albums….for those in the audience who had been too young or not even born when these albums were released, this was clearly a welcome opportunity to get the flavour of these musical riches in concert.” The Times

“Taking in the show, I could imagine that this is what it might have felt like hearing the original New Order playing that material back in the day. More organic and authentic to the time. I really, really enjoyed this show immensely.”Rock Subculture

“The show was an unquestionable treat for fans....Hooky is an outstanding bass player and it's truly magical to see him live in action.....Don't miss this tour if it's coming to your city. Peter Hook is a legend.” Hang The DJ / x89 Radio

1 Comment (Hide)

1 | _Gordonwr1957 | 11th November 2015 at 18:59

The Academy Anniversary gig just about summed it up and dished up a delight before Christmas.The room was the perfect size and the atmosphere electric and Hooky was on great form as ever.

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