NEW ORDER (vocalist Bernard Sumner, right) are to get back together to play this year’s Phoenix Festival. It will be their only appearance in the UK this year and their first UK show since headlining Reading Festival in 1992. New Order will headline the Saturday night (July 18).
Prodigy are another confirmed Phoenix headliner and appear on Sunday (July 19). Ocean Colour Scene look likely to headline on Friday (17). There is no main-stage music on the opening Thursday night of this year’s festival.
Although New Order never officially split, tensions within the band, particularly between singer Bernard Sumner and bassist Peter Hook, led many to believe they would never work together again. The ‘reunion’ came about after Mean Fiddler boss Vince Power telephoned the band’s longtime manager Rob Gretton at the end of last year.
An insider told NME: “Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner have been getting on increasingly well over the last year or two. There’s talk that if rehearsals go well they might even record two or three new songs for the New Order box set London Records is releasing.” The box set was scheduled for release last year, following the Joy Division box set a month later. However, delays with artwork postponed the New Order release until May 1998.
Following their last studio album, ‘Republic’ in 1993, New Order splintered into various side projects. Peter Hook formed Revenge and latterly the more successful Monaco. Bernard Sumner recorded two albums with Johnny Marr as Electronic and New Order drummer Stephen Morris and keyboardist Gillian Gilbert formed The Other Two releasing the album, ‘The Other Two And You’ in 1993.