Peter Hook & The Light to play Joy Division and New Order’s Substance albums in full at York Barbican next October. Bradford too

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PETER Hook & The Light will open the British and Irish leg of their 2024 travels at York Barbican on October 10.

Bass player Hook’s focus will be on Joy Division and New Order’s Substance albums, playing both in full.  

“It still amazes me how enjoyable it is to play the Substance LPs,” says Hook, former member of both iconic Manchester bands. “The contrast between Joy Division and New Order is very apparent but both complement each other very well.

“My only frustration is not being able to play more of our records each night. I am totally looking forward to the next phase. So, let’s enjoy some Substance and get ready for the future. Lots of love, Hooky.”

The poster for Peter Hook & The Light’s Substance tour of Britain and Ireland

On their Substance World Tour, Peter Hook & The Light will play Australia and New Zealand in May, North America in late-August and September, then 17 British and Irish dates in October and November, including a second Yorkshire gig at St George’s Hall, Bradford, on November 1.

Hook, 67, first revisited Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album in May 2010 for a commemorative charity concert, since when he has performed subsequent albums from Joy Division and New Order’s repertoire each year with The Light, culminating in Factory Records’ Substance compilations.

Hook’s band played Unknown Pleasures and Closer in full in his Joy Division: A Celebration concerts to mark their 40th anniversary. In October, they performed both Substance albums at their biggest London concert yet at the 5,300-capacity Eventim Apollo.

“It still amazes me how enjoyable it is to play the Substance LPs,” says Peter Hook

Hook’s dedication to his back catalogue has seen him move through Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, Closer and Still albums and New Order’s Movement, Power Corruption & Lies, Low Life, Brotherhood, Technique and Republic to arrive at next year’s Substance showcases.

Having toured these albums extensively, Peter Hook & The Light have amassed more than 600 concerts. Among the highlights since he began to reintroduce his early repertoire to a legion of new audiences across the world have been appearances at Benicassim, Primavera Sound, Bestival, Kendal Calling, Victorious and Rebellion, alongside sold-out gigs and extensive touring in Europe, North and South America, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Friday (17/11/2023) at; York,; Bradford, 01274 432000 or

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