WATCH: New Order Play Joy Division Track For The First Time In 37 Years

3 July 2017, 18:30

The band performed a song from the classic album Unknown Pleasures for the first time since the death of Ian Curtis in 1980.

The Manchester International Festival kicked off last weekend, and one of the highlights has been a series of shows by the legendary New Order on the site of the old Granada TV studios.

The band are performing with a - get this - twelve-piece synthesiser orchestra, comprised of students from the Royal Northern College of Music, conducted by Joe Duddell. And on top of that, visual artist Liam Gillick has been working with the musicians to create projections, lighting effects and all sorts of wondrousness.

According to the press release, New Order would be “deconstructing, rethinking and rebuilding a wealth of material from throughout their career: familiar and obscure, old and new.” And they couldn’t get much older than this: the very first track on their debut album Unknown Pleasures, back when they were known as Joy Division.

The band performed the track Disorder for the first time since 2 May 1980, when JD performed their final show in Birmingham. Weeks later, singer Ian Curtis committed suicide at his home aged just 23.

It was an emotional moment for the small number of fans that crowded into the show, in the same studio where Joy Division made their first TV appearance back in 1978. While original bassist Peter Hook is notoriously not part of the current line-up, guitarist Bernard Sumner and drummer Stephen Morris played the song to perfection.

Also on the setlist were some deep cuts from New Order’s back catalogue, some of which hadn’t been played in over 30 years. The 12-piece synth orchestra came into its own for the beautiful 1983 track Your Silent Face, from the classic Power Corruption And Lies album.

Liam Gillick’s staging was out in full force for the song Plastic, taken from the band’s latest LP, Music Complete. WARNING: Flashing images!

The Manchester International Festival continues until 16 July. For more info, see

New Order at Manchester International Festival setlist - 29 June 2017

Who’s Joe?
Dream Attack (played for the first time since 1993)
Disorder (Joy Division song, first time since 1980)
Ultraviolence (first time since 1984)
Behind Closed Doors
All Day Long (first time since 1989)
Shellshock (first time since 1987)
Guilt Is A Useless Emotion
Subculture (first time since 1989)
Bizarre Love Triangle
Vanishing Point (first time since 1989)
Your Silent Face
Decades (Joy Division song)

New Order at Manchester International Festival setlist - 1 July 2017

Times Change
Who’s Joe
Dream Attack
Heart And Soul
All Day Long
Guilt Is A Useless Emotion
Bizarre Love Triangle
Vanishing Point
Your Silent Face


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