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Former Joy Division bassist, Peter Hook, has announced that a live-streamed Ian Curtis tribute event is on the way.

The stream will take place from May 18th, beginning at 7am to honour the tragic death of the lead singer and to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the band’s final album, Closer.

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Joy Division are set to live stream a 2015 show, commemorating late front-man, Ian Curtis, and the 40th anniversary of their last album, Closer.

Peter Hook & The Light are also planning on releasing a vinyl reissue honouring Curtis and a new concert video featuring the formerly unreleased, So This Is Permanent.

The film features Peter Hook & The Light’s 2015 performance in Curtis’ hometown, Christ Church, Macclesfield, England. Their setlist included every Joy Division song.

The band were celebrating their 35th anniversary at the time. The live stream will mark the concert’s premiere, as the footage has never been released to the public.

“We did a concert in Macclesfield, England at Christ Church, where Curtis used to go when he was a child,” Hook told Consequence of Sound.

“We played every Joy Division song. It was such a crazy thing to do to. I can’t believe it — four hours. There were 450 tickets, and it was subscribed. In fact, over-subscribed by 10,000. That’s how many people wanted to see it. It was such a wonderful thing to do. We were scheduled to play on May 18th in Glasgow — sold out gig Barrowlands — but we’ve lost that now. So, we’re hoping to show that concert in full on the Internet, and hopefully on the Joy Division sites, which will be absolutely wonderful.”

The footage will be on The Light and Joy Divisions’ Facebook pages and Youtube channels from 7am ET on May 18th. The film will be available to watch for free for 24 hours. Hook will also be encouraging viewers to donate to Epilepsy Society as Curtis suffered from the disease.

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May 15, 2020