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Peter Hook captured the magic of Joy Division and New Order

Love may tear us apart, but the world's love for this music will never fade away. 

It’s not just any Saturday night – if any night at all – that you’re treated to the original sounds of Joy Division and New Order live at our very own Corner Hotel. Such bands mark milestones in England’s post-punk and electro stalwarts scene, not to mention the music world altogether without a sole question to be raised. Yes, the show was fantastic and we – as a dedicated crowd collective – barely missed a word. Peter Hook & The Light amply managed to re-create the strength and intensity that vitalise such seminal bands for years on end. Plus, we got two and a half hours of it.
 
Upon entering The Corner main stage, shirt after shirt of Joy Division and New Order merch could be spotted, marking the crowd's welcome acknowledgement of Hook’s presence. Not one was more prominent than the other solidifying the band's equal triumph and adornment amongst the room. And then appears Hook, accompanied by his band The Light comprised of his by his son Jack Bates on bass, guitarist David Potts, Andy Poole on keys and Paul Kehoe on drums.
 
All in close comforts and cognizance of the band's sound, they affirm their arrival with Joy Division’s well recognised ‘In a Lonely Place’. “Hook! Hook! Hook!” chants the crowd as their iconic album printed shirts shine into the stage lights. Hook raises his hands as if they’re in celebration together for such creations. ‘Procession’, ‘Age of Consent’ and ‘Cries and Whispers’ carry on the performance while Hook and his band cradle nostalgia and wistfulness to a point of raw yearning. ‘Cerermony’ signifies this sets competition and we’re left smiling and reminiscing.
 
Moving on from New Order, we’re gifted with Joy Division's second album Closer brought to life just metres in front. The album triggers bittersweet emotions from even the most capable fan (as Ian Curtis didn’t live to see its release), although it impacts lives on far beyond its time. He works through ‘Shadow Play’, ‘Disorder’, ‘Insight’ and ‘Interzone’ without respite, all whilst hosting a proud and honoured energy.  Hook closes the set with ‘I Remember Nothing’ and walks off stage readying for the final leg of his show.  The crowd’s chant of “Hook! Hook! Hook!” echoes from the halls.
 
Finally,  Hook returns for his much-anticipated finale of the evening – Unknown Pleasures. The album, released in 1979, marked the band's pinnacle as a group while also representing their brief yet important artistic peak. Hook paid the album a homage of justices in his instrumentally exploitative performance. He curates a chilling and at times adventurous scene through ‘Atmosphere’ Transmission’ and of course ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’. In instances, I was floating in an absent web of thoughts, then was soon quick to remember the beauty of Joy Division: getting lost, falling deeper, and found again. Therein lies the magic of their music, and the world they built around it.
 
The lucky few who witnessed Hook’s heartening performance last Saturday were part of something larger than a just a rock show. Guests walked on with a glowing appreciation for those distinct sounds of Joy Division and New Order as they were first experienced – performed years later and just as crippling as they were first written, by an original member himself –  Peter Hook.