Peter Hook will be spending an evening with the Liverpool and Leeds faithful in March 2017, reimagining both Joy Divison and New Order’s Substance compilation albums. The marathon performances will take place at O2 Academy Liverpool on Friday 3rd March before heading over to Yorkshire to play O2 Academy Leeds Saturday 18th March. Both performances will see Hook supported by his backing band The Light.
As co-founder of Joy Divison, Hook reserves the right to living legend status, such was the impact of the band's short lived presence the late 1970s. The band’s brooding debut Unknown Pleasures owes much to Hook’s harrowing bass lines, with the album’s 3rd track Candidate offering a glimpse to level of stirring atmosphere that Hook could conjure via the four-string.
Following the death of talismanic frontman Ian Curtis in 1980, Peter Hook went on to form New Order, a project that exploried a shift in dynamic towards synthesisers in the 1980s. Encompassing a more danceable and euphoric feel than the music preceded by Joy Divsion, albums such as Brotherhood and Power Corruption and Lies serve as a time capsule to the acid house era waiting on the peripheries, biding its time before exploding into popular culture at the end of the decade.
Hook’s performances this coming March will hark back to the best of both former bands, playing in entirety Substance - two compilation albums released in 1988 featuring a collection of single by Joy Divison and New Order. If taking a trip back to the glory days of Factory Records sounds like your bag, join Peter Hook & The Light for an all night Long performance in Liverpool and Leeds March 2017.
Tickets on sale now.
Words by Elliot Ryder
Photos courtesy of Mark McNulty