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Sunday, July 2, 2017

New Order + Liam Gillick: So It Goes review – a suitably theatrical Manchester return

Old Granada Studios, Manchester
There are intensely emotional scenes as New Order revisit their back catalogue on a grand scale with synth orchestra, airing songs not heard for 30 years plus rapturously received tributes to the band’s fated predecessor, Joy Division

The old Granada studios building has enormous significance in the story of Joy Division and New Order. In 1978, the former made their television debut here on Tony Wilson’s So It Goes programme after singer Ian Curtis berated the presenter in Manchester’s Rafters nightclub. “You bastard!” he began. “You put the Sex Pistols and Buzzcocks and Magazine and all those others on the telly, what about us?” Three years later, when the bandmates had regrouped as New Order after Curtis’s suicide, a Granada studio again broadcast their musical baby steps, this time on the short-lived Celebration.

On those occasions, both bands were at the start of something. Today’s New Order have it all behind them in the form of one of the most illustrious back catalogues in pop and a trademark sound that has become hugely influential, although they are still looking for ways to explore and reinvent it.

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