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Peter Hook to revisit Joy Division’s entire catalog in 18th century church

on March 24, 2015, 10:35am

Photo by Mark McNulty

Peter Hook has spent the last few years touring relentlessly with his band The Light, often playing entire albums by his former outfits Joy Division and New Order in full. Next month, Hook will embark on another such tour in which he and the band will perform Joy Division’s Closer and Unknown Pleasures in their entirety. Nostalgic as it already is, they’ll cap off the trek by taking it to the next level: Hook and The Light will revisit Joy Division’s entire catalogue at an 18th century church.

The performance, dubbed “So This Is Permanence” after a lyric from “Twenty Four Hours”, won’t just be in any old sanctuary. The Christ Church in Macclesfield is located in the Cheshire, England town in which the band was formed. Ian Curtis, the band’s late frontman, is said to have attended the church himself. In fact, the show is dedicated to Curtis, and will occur on May 18th, exactly 35 years after his death.

A press release for the special show is billing it as the “live debut of the full repertoire,” indicating that the set will include “Still” and other B-sides and rarities. Proceeds from the event are being donated to the Epilepsy Society and Churches Conservation Trust.

Later in the year, Hook will again bring out New Order’s Low-Life and Brotherhood on a European tour.

So This Is Permance Christ Church Macclesfield Final Poster Medium Res

Peter Hook and the Light 2015 Tour Dates:
04/17 – Miami, FL @ Grand Central *
04/18 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre *
04/19 – Orlando, FL @ Plaza Live *
04/21 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre *
04/22 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic *
04/24 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre *
04/25 – Kansas City, MO @ Middle of the Map Festival *
04/27 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s *
04/28 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In *
04/29 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall *
05/01 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *
05/02 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel *
05/06 – Guadalajara, MX @ C3 *
05/07 – Mexico City, MX @ El Plaza Condesa *
05/16 – Neerpelt, BE @ Eurorock Festival
05/18 – Macclesfield, UK @ Christ Church #
06/13 – Bury, UK @ Bl9 Weekender
06/20 – Thirsk, UK @ Willowman Festival
07/18 – Oxford, UK @ Truck Festival
08/23 – Henley On Thames, UK @ Rewind Festival
08/29 – Portsmouth, UK @ Victorious Festival
09/17 – Derby, UK @ The Venue ^
09/18 – Gloucester, UK @ Guildhall ^
09/19 – Holmfirth, UK @ The Picturedrome ^
09/24 – Glasgow, UK @ The Art School ^
09/25 – Hull, UK @ City Hall ^
09/26 – Nottingham, UK @ The Rescue Rooms ^
10/01 – Southend-on-Sea, UK @ Chinnery’s ^
10/02 – Southampton, UK @ The Brook ^
10/03 – Leamington Spa, UK @ The Assembly Rooms ^
10/30 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy ^
11/06 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2 ^
11/07 – Minehead, UK @ Shine On Weekender

* = Unknown Pleasures and Closer + opening New Order set
# = Complete works of Joy Division
^ = Low-Life and Brotherhood + Joy Division set