Joy Division and New Order legend Peter Hook has live Sheffield date

Peter Hook and The Light are live in Sheffield this month. Picture: Timothy Norris
Peter Hook and The Light are live in Sheffield this month. Picture: Timothy Norris

Legendary Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook and his band The Light have a live date at The Foundry in Sheffield this month.

The group will be performing in full Joy Division’s two classic albums, Unknown Pleasures and Closer.

Both Martin Hannett-produced albums are considered seminal, much loved classics and the influence of both records remains pervasive today, both for fans and for the many emerging bands who take on the template of Joy Division’s sound in the modern era.

Running through the albums in track order, Unknown Pleasures, sees The Light start with Disorder and follow up with Insight, New Dawn Fades and She’s Lost Control before finishing the album’s performance with I Remember Nothing.

The effect of the album remains powerful to this day.

Reflecting on it’s 30th anniversary, NME said: “Unknown Pleasures is simply one of the best records ever made, and is still powerful enough to floor you 30 years on.

“With an almost dub-like, spacey atmosphere the band’s sound was almost the polar opposite of the punk music which had brought them together after a Sex Pistols show in 1976.”

The Light will then turn to Closer, whose haunting, austere atmosphere and emotive content is was described by critics as ‘start to finish masterpiece, a flawless encapsulation of everything the group sought to achieve.’

As Hannett’s incandescent production permeates the record alongside a band that had grown much in confidence since their debut, Closer also yielded many landmark Joy Division tracks including Atrocity Exhibition, Heart And Soul, and Twenty Four Hours.

In addition, The Light have now come to perform every Joy Division song ever recorded including all the singles and B-sides, so the set will include the singles Love Will Tear Us Apart and Atmosphere as well as many lesser known tracks.

Peter Hook and The Light are at The Foundry in Sheffield on July 29.

Tickets are £22.50 on or