Peter Hook Announces Australian Joy Division Orchestra Tour

Peter Hook Announces Australian Joy Division Orchestra Tour

ian curtis and peter hook
Peter Hook and Ian Curtis of Joy Division. Photo by Chris Mills/Redferns.

Former Joy Division and New Order bassist, Peter Hook has announced a run of shows with the Metropolitan Orchestra to celebrate the enduring legacy of Joy Division ahead of this years 40th anniversary of Unknown Pleasures (1979).

Peter Hook & The Metropolitan Orchestra Present Joy Division Orchestrated will feature the music of Joy Division curated by Peter Hook with Musical Director Tim Crooks arranging the orchestration of the band's iconic post-punk catalogue. The tour kicks off at the Sydney Opera House on Friday 2 August before heading to Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne.

Hook performed an orchestrated concert in Sydney for Vivid Live in 2013, watch below:

In a statement, Peter Hook said, “When we began to celebrate Joy Division with The Light in 2010, Australia was one of our first international visits. Our seventh gig came in Melbourne and as always down under, the reactions were amazing. Over the years I’ve come to love visiting Australia more and more, the people are wonderfully hospitable and to be able to bring the show here, straight from the Royal Albert Hall, is a tremendous honour.”

“In my recent work with orchestras, I realised that my first group could also lend itself to this treatment. Post-punk is already dramatic, this will accentuate and take it to another performing and emotional level.”

“I’ve been very impressed with how our arranger Tim Crooks works and I know the band’s canon will be treated with great reverence and care, enthusiasm and passion as the originals were. I know everyone involved will be adding something very special.” [via Noise11]

Joy Division fans definitely don't want to miss what promises to be "an immersive show that recognises their role in shaping popular culture and the influence they continue to hold." 

Peter Hook & The Metropolitan Orchestra Present Joy Division Orchestrated 

Friday 2nd August 2019 Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Saturday 3rd August 2019 AEC Theatre, Adelaide

Tuesday 6th August 2019 BCEC, Brisbane

Friday 9th August 2019 Perth Concert Hall, Perth

Sunday 11th August 2019 Plenary Theatre, Melbourne

Tickets On Sale Thursday 18th April, 10am - details HERE

Get the atmosphere just right with the This Is Joy Division playlist on Spotify:

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