Saturday, April 29
Peter Hook & the Light
Photo: Mark McNulty
Sunday, Apr. 30
Post-Punk, New Wave, Alt-Rock
In May 2010, Peter Hook, legendary bassist of both Joy Division and New Order, decided to give people the opportunity to hear both of Joy Division’s masterpiece albums, ‘Unknown Pleasures’ and ‘Closer’, live and in their entireties. One sold out night quickly became two, and due to worldwide demand, Hooky took the show on the road with headline gigs and major festival appearances throughout Europe, a full tour of Australia and New Zealand as well as the band’s first tour of the United States in December.
In the first months of 2011, The Light toured extensively throughout mainland Europe and Scandinavia. Then, exactly one year on from the debut gig, the band recreated ‘Closer’ for the first time ever, again with two sold out nights at Manchester’s Factory club, before continuing to hit the road once again. Hooky & The Light made their debut visit to Brazil in June with 3 sold out shows as well as again touring in Europe, heading over to Mexico and Canada for the first times and visiting the United States again for what was their second full tour of the region. Hooky was joined by genuine musical superstars on the tour, such as Perry Farrell, Moby and Billy Corgan.
Early 2012 saw Peter Hook & The Light again tour across Europe. On May 18th and 19th 2012, Peter Hook & The Light completed their live performances of the Joy Division back catalogue by performing ‘Still’ live for the first time as well as a live recording of the last ever Joy Division gig in Birmingham on May 2nd 1980. With this gig, Hooky completed his quest to perform every single Joy Division track live once again.
In September 2012, Peter Hook announced that he and his band would follow their live performances of the Joy Division material by revisiting the first two albums by New Order, ‘Movement’ and ‘Power, Corruption & Lies’. In September 2013, Hooky and his band began with shows in the UK before taking the new live show to the USA and Canada for what would be their third North American tour. Following that, the band ventured South and performed in Mexico again as well as visiting Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Peru on the South American leg of the dates.
In the fall of 2016, Peter Hook & The Light kicked off a North American tour of New Order and Joy Division’s ‘Substance’ compilation albums. They will take the same tour to Europe in 2017.