Monday, December 14, 2020

New Order announce a huge Manchester homecoming show for 2021 with support from special guests, Hot Chip and Working Men's Club

Seminal Manchester synth force, New Order announce a Manchester homecoming show at Heaton Park on Friday 10th September 2021, presented by The Warehouse Project. They are bringing electrified drum machine and indie disco dance contemporaries too, in the form of Hot Chip and Working Men’s Club as the confirmed supporting acts.

When Joy Division’s lead singer, Ian Curtis, tragically committed suicide in 1980, the remaining band members came together for a new start and from the ashes New Order was born. Building on expression and mood, New Order fused their post-punk legacy with beats inspired by the vibrant New York club scene. The result saw them release the biggest selling 12” single of all time with ‘Blue Monday’ and with ten studio albums created over four decades, they are easily one of the most acclaimed synth bands of all time; and now they are back in Manchester playing a homecoming gig…

In their first Manchester show in four years the band have made the announcement to share some much-needed optimism and togetherness. ‘Music Complete’, the last critically-acclaimed New Order album release in 2015, will be featured in a special listening party on Twitter on 15th December 2020 at 8pm where the band will join Tim Burgess to talk all things ‘Music Complete’ as well as a chat their upcoming gig. 

In their first new music release in five years, New Order released the single ‘Be A Rebel’ on 13th November 2020 with a stunning murmuration scene as artwork and signature contemplative lyrics “Be a rebel, not a devil.”

In a recent statement on their official website the band said about the gig: “The connection between ourselves and Manchester has played a pivotal role in who we are as a band. We have countless memories from across the city, from our early days starting out, and beyond. We promise to bring a celebration like no other to Heaton Park in 2021, and we can’t wait to see everyone come together for a night we’ll never forget.”

New Order will be accompanied by guests Hot Chip’ who with their immediately recognisable vocal tones, rave ready indie anthems and synth drops have been making crowds bounce in a techno euphoria since the early 2000s. Their charging use of synths over repetitive beats and intelligent lyrics have seen the band’s upbeat aesthetic likened to Talking Heads, citing major influences from the ever-present New Order. Hot Chip were picked up by Moshi Moshi Records in 2004 and over the next few years, loaded with their arcade game-esque sound samples this saw them reach numerous Top Ten UK Chart positions including the hugely popular “Over and Over”. 

After a hiatus around 2010 to pursue other producing projects Hot Chip came back together in 2012 to sign to Domino Records. 

They then released the album ‘A Bath Full of Ecstasy’ in 2019 which is sure to go down a treat with the indie ravers, as the band continue to cement their main stage festival presence.

With heavy repetitive bass lines,searing synths and super catchy hooks, the fresh out of Sheffield band Working Men’s Club are the new kids on the block and smashing through walls to be heard. Breaking cover in October 2020 with their debut eponymous album ‘Working Men’s Club’, the opening track ‘Valleys’ has an ominous looped bass evocative of New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’. Working Men’s Club lead singer Sydney Minsky-Sargeant shares witty and confrontational vocals reflecting the entrancing tones of Mark E. Smith, a track entitled ‘John Cooper Clarke’ also appears on their album, in homage to another Manchester (Salford) legend. It is little wonder why they have been chosen as second support for this Heaton Park gig.


Heaton Park has a history of large-scale gigs and has seen the likes of The Stone Roses for their Reunion tour in 2012 and Courteeners headline a sell-out 50,000 crowd with support from James and DMA’s in 2019. Heaton Park is also the home to Parklife festival, created by The Warehouse Project, the festival is happening on Saturday 11-12th September 2021, the day after New Order play their gig. After a tough year for live events, huge gigs like this are pivotal to re-energise the malaise of the music and events industry, and what better place to play than Manchester’s very own outdoor party venue, Heaton park.


Tickets are on sale now, you can get your hands on them here  



Joey Lee 
Image credits: New Order official website

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