Peter Hook & The Light Announces “Joy Division : A Celebration” Live at Leeds o2 Academy

A new Leeds 02 Academy date has been announced as the first date for Peter Hook & The Light’s “Joy Division : A Celebration” concerts which are now scheduled for January 2022. Leeds 02 Academy date on sale Friday 6th November 2020 at 10am.

The new addition of the Leeds concert comes as the debut show of these gigs for The Light and is the only North Of England show for the run of dates aside from the fully sold out O2 Apollo Manchester hometown event. The four date tour also sees visits to Glasgow Barrowland and O2 Academy Brixton.

The original May 2020 concerts were timed to commemorate four decades of the group’s and Ian Curtis’ continuing influence, playing “Unknown Pleasures” and “Closer” in full for the first time in the UK since at the Camden Roundhouse in 2017 as well as other Joy Division tracks and an opening set of New Order material.

Nonetheless Peter Hook & The Light will be looking to deliver the concerts in January 2022. The events were also set to celebrate The Light’s 10th anniversary but will now come some eleven and a half years from Hooky beginning his odyssey through both his bands’ back catalogues.

Leeds has always been one of my favourite places to play ever since Joy Division supported Buzzcocks in 1979. It always a great crowd and it’s a great music city. Gang Of Four are amongst my best  ever bands and to begin this new set of Joy Division album concerts in Leeds will be very special indeed.” Peter Hook

These Joy Division album shows have become much less common for The Light as they moved through their progression of touring the New Order albums in succession. Aside from some one-off gigs such as The Roxy in LA and Manchester Academy, these concerts are the first major shows for this set in some years.

In addition to coming some 40 years since Joy Division ended, these gigs were also to mark a decade since The Light began at The Factory in Manchester on 18th May 2010. That journey has seen them now perform eleven of both his bands’ albums all round the world including numerous tours of Europe, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and the Far East.

The charities to be supported by the concerts are CALM and Epilepsy Society.

The influence of Joy Division and their music remains strong in popular culture, holding a sincere reverence.  The albums are played sequentially in track order, respecting the inspiration and impact of the stunning debut album “Unknown Pleasures” and the immaculately produced second “Closer”.

“Unknown Pleasures” features “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.

In addition to the albums, the concerts span the entirety of Joy Division’s rich but short career including early Warsaw material, tracks from the compilation LP “Still” to the final songs “Ceremony” and “In a Lonely Place” written by Joy Division which were to form New Order’s first single.

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.

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On Peter Hook And The Light Live

In the two-and-a-half hours Peter Hook & The Light were on stage, it was hard to fathom how many hits New Order and Joy Division had. Just within the first hour, there were enough songs that some artists today wish they could both write and have in their arsenal. That is what great chemistry in a band does.” Huffington Post

Hooky has done this. His tours are for the fans, and his fans flock to him. Every person standing in the Tivoli has been affected somehow by one of his bands, and have now witnessed what is a greatest hits of both. As they finish the final song, we applaud the man who had a hand in changing our lives in one way or another.” Society Of Sound

This reviewer could easily write about every song played – the show went for almost three hours – as they’re all classics. To hear back to back greatest hits live of two of your favourite bands just never happens. Many went home tonight with a big grin on their faces.The Music

Three sets and no support – no-one can accuse Hooky of short-changing the fans or not putting on a totally professional show. ” Doubtful Sounds

A brilliant night, a celebration of the music of Joy Division and New Order. That is Hooky’s mission and this was easily mission accomplished.”  Everything Flows

A real treat.LA Record

A masterclass in euphoria and heartache in equal measure…. The chronology of the set played perfectly as high spirits continued to grow right up until the end of the show.” Gigwise

It was certainly one of those special shows were the venue, artist, and fans all clicked perfectly to make for a very memorable experience and a blazing hot and awesome show by a legendary artist and performer, who in my opinion is the heart and soul of New Order keeping the most authentic live performance of their music alive for old and new fans.” Rock Subculture

By focusing solely on the music, and allowing the songs inherent structure to do the heavy lifting instead of blowing them up into pseudo-stadium cuts, their inherent virtues were that much more apparent. Frankly, these songs rock…..This is Peter Hook and his band taking a chance, dusting off wrongly ignored tunes, and kicking ass. “Punk News