Peter Hook to play entire Joy Division back catalogue at church in Macclesfield

The career-spanning show will mark exactly 35 years since the death of Ian Curtis on May 18

Peter Hook has announced that he will perform the complete works of Joy Division at a one-off concert at Christ Church, Macclesfield in May. The date marks exactly 35 years since the death of the band’s singer Ian Curtis.

Hook and his current band, The Light, will play every single song the band recorded in chronological order, including both studio albums ‘Unknown Pleasures’ and ‘Closer’. They will also play the posthumously released ‘Still’ as well as B-sides and rarities.

Speaking to NME, Hook explained that he feels Joy Division’s legacy was somewhat neglected due to the subsequent success of the band as New Order.


He said: “When we were together as New Order, it seemed OK to ignore Joy Division. The very fact that we concentrated on New Order made us a huge international success. If we’d tried to be Joy Division it wouldn’t have had the outcome it did. It was only after we split up in 2006 that it struck me that Joy Division were a huge force to be reckoned with, all round the world, and we’d never celebrated anything to do with it at all. That seemed weird. During the last five years I’ve been all around the world playing Joy Division’s music, and the crowds have been full of young people who’ve been turned on to the power and the beauty of Ian’s words and Joy Division’s music.”

Looking ahead to the Macclesfield show, Hook added: “For the 35th anniversary I decided that to do a proper celebration we need to play all the music. It will be every song that Joy Division ever wrote and recorded in one go. It’s a bit of a marathon! It’s 48 songs, comprising all the singles, B-sides, and album tracks. You know what – there’s not a duff one in it! I wish I could say that about New Order!”

The show will be called ‘So This Is Permanence’, taking its name from the lyrics of ‘Twenty Four Hours’ from ‘Closer’. The same title was used for a book of Ian Curtis’ writing last year.

All proceeds from ‘So This Is Permanence’ are to be donated to The Epilepsy Society and The Churches Conservation Trust with the donation to the CCT earmarked for the redevelopment of Christ Church.

Tickets for the gig go on sale on Wednesday March 25 at 9am.