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So This is Permanent – Peter Hook & The Light Broadcast 18th May

So This Is Permanent – Peter Hook & The Light To Broadcast Unseen Macclesfield May 2015 Anniversary Concert For 24 Hours Only

 18th May 2020 Marking 40 Years Of Joy Division & 10 Of The Light  

Donations Encouraged To Epilepsy Society

The original Christ Church concert sold out in less than 20 seconds and was limited to merely 500 tickets. Although clips of three tracks were released, the entire concert has never previously been broadcast so counts as a true premiere.

Debuting online across Joy Division’s & The Light’s youtube and facebook channels at 12 noon BST Monday 18th May, the concert film will remain online for 24 hours until noon the following day. The stream is entirely free but donations are encouraged to Epilepsy Society.

Given Hooky’s wish to mark the anniversaries and the unavoidable postponement of his May 2020 concerts, the entire Macclesfield film has been assembled by Surdevan Creative who shot the original event since the The Light’s announcement regarding the gigs in mid April.

Some five years since the concert, ten years since The Light began and forty since Joy Division, Peter Hook & The Light are to air the three hour concert movie “So This Is Permanent” for the first ever time on Monday 18th May 2020, remaining online for precisely 24 hours from 12pm BST.


Featuring The Light’s evening long run through the Joy Division catalogue as performed on the night, this video record of that distinctive event also features our great friends Rowetta and Howard Marks, who introduces the broadcast as he did the original show in 2015.

The video will be premiered 12 noon Monday across Joy Division’s and The Light’s Youtube and Facebook channels and remain in place until the following day, a decision taken to allow fans from all over the globe, some of whom travelled to the original concert, to enjoy and share in the event.

The broadcast is entirely free to watch but we are asking that people if they are able, please make a donation to Epilepsy Society here –  DONATE HERE

A DVD of the broadcast is also to be released in mid June by Live Here Now who have done numerous live albums with The Light including the original Macclesfield recording. Again proceeds from this release go to Epilepsy Society. Details here –  PRE-Order HERE 

The 2015 concert came about following Peter Hook & The Lights first appearance at Christ Church in Macclesfield for Barnaby Festival in June 2013 which was also the first time a band member had played Joy Division’s music live in the town. 

When Hooky came to mark what was then the 35th anniversary, he bellowed at one of his close associates in a Henry II style, “Deliver me that church” and returned to Christ Church in May 2015 to deliver a stunning concert where reactions from both press and the small gathered audience were phenomenal.

Peter Hook & The Light 2015 / Photo Credit: Martin O’Neil

With Peter Hook & The Light having to put back their “Joy Division 40: A Celebration” concerts which were over this very weekend, when it was suggested to Hooky that the provided the opportunity to put together the Macclesfield footage which had lay dormant for some five years, he was delighted to be able to celebrate the anniversaries and share this with you.

Since the mid-April announcement, Hooky and The Light’s long-term collaborators Manchester based Surdevan Creative have put together the entire three hour concert film which was shot using an early version of their jackinabox system.

We hope you are able to tune in on Monday to share in the celebration of not only a classic concert but also one of the finest ever bands and lead singers.

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Raymond Thomson - Deputy Editor

I am a photographer/musician/engineer living in Scotland. My passion is music and motocross and I share my work on facebook/punk4RT and facebook/madmaxmedia. I do like a bit of throw back to the heydays of the 60’s/70’s/80’s when it comes to taking shots of bands. I grew up on the music papers (NME/Sounds/Melody Maker) and drew influence from Pennie Smith/Jill Furmanovsky/Anton Corbijn/Bob Gruen/Adrian Boot/Charles Peterson.
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