Peter Hook & The Light World Tour Homecoming Concert Of Substance – The Albums Of Joy Division & New Order Manchester Academy December 2017 

Spider Touring / VMS Live Present An Evening With Peter Hook & The Light

Performing The Albums “Substance” By Joy Division & New Order


Friday 15th December 2017

Manchester Academy


Tickets £26 + BF – Available From 




Pre Sale From 9am Wednesday 22nd March 2017
General Sale From 9am Friday 24th March 2017 



Peter Hook & The Light are to return to Manchester Academy for a very special hometown show as they come back from their widely acclaimed world tour performing both Substance albums by Joy Division and New Order on Friday 15th December 2017.


Having fully sold out The Academy previously with an “Unknown Pleasures / Closer” concert in October 2015, Hooky and the band’s appearance there comes following a string of dates since last September’s debut shows that has already seen the band tour the much praised set across North and South America towards the end of 2016.


Having  just wrapped up a string of UK dates, the rest of the year before the Manchester gig sees the band on the road across Europe, visiting Japan, Australia and New Zealand with the Substance set and the boys back at Manchester Academy just before Christmas is sure to be a greatly anticipated event.


Critical reaction from fans and media alike have been very strong with many commenting on the strength of the shows and performances. The debut Manchester Apollo show was awarded five stars from the Manchester Evening News - “the place is packed and the atmosphere electric” -  and similar reviews and reactions have followed the band on their travels so far.


In the two-and-a-half hours Peter Hook & The Light were on stage, it was hard to fathom how many hits New Order and Joy Division had. Just within the first hour, there were enough songs that some artists today wish they could both write and have in their arsenal. That is what great chemistry in a band does.” Huffington Post

A brilliant night, a celebration of the music of Joy Division and New Order. That is Hooky’s mission and this was easily mission accomplished.”  Everything Flows

A real treat.LA Record

About Substance

Released in August 1987, New Order’s Substance was originally conceived as a way for Factory Records boss, Tony Wilson, to play the New Order singles on the CD player of his new Jaguar car. Substance became the best selling New Order album ever upon its release, the double LP going on to sell 2 million copies in America alone.

Widely considered New Order’s strongest album, “their most popular, well known, highly rated and arguably the most influential” (Sputnik Music), Factory Records’ 200th release featured the bands seminal 12″ mixes of their singles as well as versions of ‘Confusion’ and Temptation re-recorded for the LP.

Running from “Ceremony” in 1981 up to “True Faith” in 1987 (again recorded especially for the album), the set takes in the high points of New Order’s catalogue, including “Temptation”, “Thieves Like Us”, “The Perfect Kiss” and “Bizarre Love Triangle”.

Released the following year in July 1988, Joy Division’s Substance features all the singles which did not appear on the albums such as “Transmission”, “Komakino”, “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and “Atmosphere”, as well as their b-sides, tracks from their EP “An Ideal For Living” and the Factory Records sampler.

Factory Records’ 250th release, it begins with “Warsaw” and takes in the development of the band through “Digital” and “Dead Souls” to the band’s final tracks. The collection demonstrates the same energy as a full length LP with several key B-sides added.

Allmusic called it “the best adjunct to the two albums anyone could want.”

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Westworld Recordings To Release Four Live Albums By The Light 5th May 2017


May 5th sees the worldwide CD and digital release of four stunning live albums recorded by Peter Hook & The Light on Westworld Recordings with each title featuring the band performing a classic Joy Division or New Order album in its entirety with songs added that were not on those albums: singles, demos and other rarities.


The titles to be released are;


The Light “Unknown Pleasures- Live At Leeds Cockpit – 29th November 2012

The Light “Closer – Live At The Factory” – 18th May 2011

The Light “Movement – Live At Dublin Academy” – 22nd November 2013

The Light “Power, Corruption & Lies – Live At Dublin Academy” – 22nd Nov 2013


For full details and to order the releases check the Westworld Recordings site here –


On Peter Hook And The Light Live

Peter Hook & The Light have developed into a well-oiled machine that – whisper it – actually deliver these songs better than the current line-up of New Order….they’ve become an impressive tour de force more than worthy of associating themselves with arguably two of the finest back catalogues in rock and roll history.”  Drowned In Sound

A masterclass in euphoria and heartache in equal measure…. The chronology of the set played perfectly as high spirits continued to grow right up until the end of the show.” Gigwise

 “This is New Order reinvigorated, reenergized; Hooky has arguably reclaimed the songs and is delivering them with heart and soul.” - Louder Than War

It was certainly one of those special shows were the venue, artist, and fans all clicked perfectly to make for a very memorable experience and a blazing hot and awesome show by a legendary artist and performer, who in my opinion is the heart and soul of New Order keeping the most authentic live performance of their music alive for old and new fans.” Rock Subculture

By focusing solely on the music, and allowing the songs inherent structure to do the heavy lifting instead of blowing them up into pseudo-stadium cuts, their inherent virtues were that much more apparent. Frankly, these songs rock…..This is Peter Hook and his band taking a chance, dusting off wrongly ignored tunes, and kicking ass. “Punk News


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