Peter Hook discusses new Haçienda Classiçal 2018 UK tour – and life after settling legal battle with ‘ex-girlfriend’ New Order

Peter Hook has spoken out about what to expect from the upcoming Haçienda Classiçal 2018 UK tour – and the experience of settling his legal battle with New Order. Read our full Q&A with Hooky below.

The former New Order and Joy Division bassist will be joining Graeme Park, Mike Pickering and the Manchester Camerata Orchestra once again to give Madchester anthems and key moments from the legendary Haçienda Club a classical spin.  Kicking off in Glasgow, the tour also includes a huge outdoor homecoming in Manchester, arena gigs in Edinburgh and Leeds, and a stop at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall.

Tour dates and tickets

Full dates are below. Tickets Haçienda Classiçal will go on sale from 10am on Friday December 1 and will be available here.

Saturday May 19, 2018 – GLASGOW Braehead Arena
Saturday June 30, 2018 – MANCHESTER Castlefield Bowl
Saturday August 18, 2018 – EDINBURGH Royal Highland Centre
Friday September 28, 2018 – LONDON Royal Albert Hall
Saturday September 29, 2018 – LEEDS first direct Arena

What would you say these shows have done to translate the ‘spirit’ of the Haçienda?

“The spirit of the Haçienda evolved through its 17 years of existence. Me and Graham grew up there. We all come together to celebrate it in the classical world and it’s quite interesting using the orchestra. People love performance. It amazes me, even now, to be able to play concerts after I’ve been playing for 42 years. People still love music and music being performed. Now a lot of the Haçienda songs were one-hit wonders, which is usually a derogatory term in music. But as such they had never been performed, so the idea of playing them with an orchestra is what people love . They feel part of that special atmosphere that comes only with a performance from live musicians, it’s true.”

Which tracks would you say have taken on a life of their own as a result of that?

“It’s quite interesting because Graeme Park taught me to DJ – him and Clint Boon – so you can blame them for that! But the interesting thing is that as a DJ you have a completely different idea for what songs you think are going to be successful on the night. Me and Graeme have very ‘healthy’ discussions with my picking of what songs we are going to do. It tends to not be the obvious ones. With the last set I insisted on putting some Acid House – because to me it was all about Acid House. Now the music that Graeme and Mike Pickering used to play that was more  soulful or more vocal-based – so that was a nice compromise that worked. For me, I’m gonna be pushing for the ol’ Acid House for some nice aggression. I love the counter-point in the synthesisers and the orchestra in the same way that New Order did with ‘Power, Corruption and Lies’.  We had a great competition between synthesisers and the real instruments. That’s what turns me on.”

Peter Hook

Peter Hook

Any plans to throw anything different for the upcoming shows?

“It’s a bit tough when your doing something that’s rooted in the past as much as we are doing, to do something completely different – that would be impossible. I mean, if you listen to most music these days, most of its harks back to dance music to the early 80s. If we could figure out something different that would be wonderful but we will be drawing on pretty much the  same fame as we have done with the last two. I become more apart of it doing the sound from the audience point of the view. It surprises me to say that Graeme has an uncanny knack for picking tunes that I might not have heard of or that I might not be a great fan of. I’m sceptical about it when he puts them in and he’s passionate about it and its works. The bastard.”

Obviously you finally settled with New Order this year.Do you feel at peace? Have you finally drawn a line under that chapter?

“Yeah, I mean thing is the English Justice System is difficult and once you’re in it it is very difficult. I would advise anybody to take that step lightly. You’re not only fighting the system – you’re fighting for justice. I’m happy to get my life back and I’m happy for my family. I haven’t got that hanging over me. I don’t think there will be a reunion soon, sadly – but you know, that’s life.”

Do you pay any mind to what they are up to at all?

“Yeah, course. It’s like looking at your ex-girlfriend on Facebook. We all do it.”

Were you a fan of their last album ‘Music Complete’?

“I enjoyed it, I have to say. It sounded like Electronic to me, you know. I think that’s my answer to it.”

  • Check back at NME.com soon for more of our interview with Peter Hook

Meanwhile, Peter Hook & The Light will also be touring New Order and Joy Division’s ‘Substance’ at the following shows this winter. Tickets are available here.

Thursday November 30 2017 – LIMERICK Dolans
Friday December 1 2017 – DUBLIN Academy
Saturday December 2 2017 – BELFAST Limelight
Thursday December 7 2017 – NORWICH Waterfront
Friday December 8 2017 – SALISBURY City Hall
Saturday December 9 2017 – BRISTOL Marble Factory
Thursdat December 14 2017 – WOLVERHAMPTON Slade Rooms
Fridat December 15 2017 – MANCHESTER Academy
Saturday December 16 2017 – WAKEFIELD Warehouse 23
Monday December 18 – LONDON Roundhouse