Peter Hook says the Music Box was a 'fantastic' venue
The Manchester venue where Factory Records boss Tony Wilson first saw Joy Division has closed with immediate effect, its owners have confirmed.
Music Box was notable as it is the place where Factory Records boss Tony Wilson first saw Joy Division, on April 14, 1978, when they played a showcase set at the venue (which was then called Rafters). That period of the band’s history – along with the club – is featured in the recent Joy Division biopic ‘Control’.
Bosses from Jilly’s Rockworld and Music Box posted messages of thanks to their customers on their websites, with a spokesperson for the former writing: “Today the rock died and Manchester‘s alternative community mourns.”
Peter Hook recently announced details of his tribute gig for his former Joy Division bandmate Ian Curtis, set to take place next month.