A Day Celebrating Joy Division And New Order

by Olivia Mannix

Last Friday, New Order graced the stage at Heaton Park and what an incredible night it was. It was the band’s biggest show to date in their hometown, as they performed for the first time in 4 years to an estimated 35,000 people.

We were over the moon to be attending the sold-out show in Manchester, but our day started out a little differently with a couple of lucky competition winners… We partnered up with the guys at Manchester Music Tours to give 2 winners the ultimate Joy Division / New Order fan experience! This included a place on the Joy Divison bus tour, tickets to the New Order gig at Heaton Park and a spot on the guestlist for the after show at Joshua Brooks!

We started our day at Vinyl Revival, ready to hop on the award-winning and internationally renowned Joy Division bus tour. Manchester Music Tours was created by Inspiral Carpets drummer, Craig Gill. Today it is run by his wife Rose, and the company hosts a series of music tours that reflect the popularity of some of Manchester’s most celebrated music. Tours across Greater Manchester include Joy Divison, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Oasis and more. The Joy Division bus tour visited a fantastic selection of iconic spots such as; The Hacienda, the (multiple) Factory Records offices, The Epping Walk Bridge, Ian Curtis’ hometown, his place of work, his local pub and more! It was a jam-packed 4 hours, filled with interesting facts and quality conversation.

Later on that day, we jumped back on the bus and made our way to Heaton Park. There was a buzz in the air as we all chatted and sang along to New Order tunes. There was a feeling of euphoria when we saw the crowds of people as we parked up – a sight we have missed so much during the pandemic. After our competition winners received their free wristbands, we headed into the venue. As we walked through the crowds, the festival feeling hit us as flags blew in the wind, the Ferris Wheel spun round and the smell of cuisines from across the world filled our nostrils. The stage was in sight and it looked magnificent! We were buzzing for the arrival of the first support act.

The crowd was a huge mix of all ages, but every single person was hyped for the show. Working Men’s Club were first to take the stage, followed by the highly-anticipated Hot Chip. Both acts were incredible and the crowd were dancing to every beat. Finally, DJ Tin Tin did a set before New Order took to the stage. As the evening sun went down, the stage went black and then the screen lit up, first with waves and then with a video montage of Manchester. The tribute was breathtaking and showed the band’s respect and appreciation towards Manchester.

Their set included all of their biggest hits, such as; Regret, Ceremony, True Faith and Blue Monday. They also played a couple of new tunes that they had been working on in lockdown and their latest single Be A Rebel. The show finished with Temptation but the crowd were not satisfied. Everyone started to chant ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ in the hope of an encore, and low and behold, the band came back on stage. The encore was a tribute to their late bandmate, Ian Curtis – lead singer of Joy Division. The crowd was in awe as New Order played Decade, Transmission and of course, Love Will Tear Us Apart.

The performance was fantastic and the light to show to accompany was incredible! As we walked out of Heaton Park, the crowds sung and headed for their next destination. scotts sponsored the official after show in Manchester City centre, so we hopped back on our bus and headed to Joshua Brooks. As we walked into the venue, we were met with a sea of New Order t-shirts and bucket hats. The room was packed full of Manchester’s 24-hour party people with DJ’s Bobby Langley and Chris Bretton packing out the dancefloor.

What a fantastic day we had to celebrate the work of Joy Division and New Order. It was just what we had been wanting after a long 18 months. If you would like to hear about any other competitions we are running, head to our Instagram page and give us a follow!

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