Joy Division concert

8th February 1980: University Of London Union

Joy Division headlined, supporting acts were Section 25, A Certain Ratio and Killing Joke.

The place was absolutely jammed due to the high popularity of all the bands, and Paul Morley wrote [NME, 16 Feb 1980]: "The full new introduction of synthesizers has not damaged the coherence and balance of the music in any way, it simply increases the amount of mood, atmosphere, ephemeral terror Joy Division are capable of."

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Songs performed:
01: Dead Souls
02: Glass
03: A Means To An End
04: Twenty Four Hours
05: Passover
06: Insight
07: Colony
08: These Days
09: Love Will Tear Us Apart
10: Isolation
11: The Eternal
12: Digital.
Appx. duration: 50 mins. Sound quality: 8+/9

The full concert appears on the 2007 rerelease of the Closer CD

There are three distinct audience recordings of this concert in circulation:

The first and best finally appeared officially as CD2 of the two disc edition of Closer.
Sound quality 9/9

The second was taped by "Scruffy", and is very bassy-muffled.. The last song Digital is cut on this source.
Sound quality 7.5/9

The third is less common than the others. While it's complete, it was taped with worse equipment and is monaural
Sound quality 7/9


All 12 songs appeared on the following bootlegs:

They Keep Calling Me LP/CD
University of London Union  LP
Live at University of London Union  LP

Song no. 11 appeared on the following bootleg:

Death LP

Song no. 05 appeared on the following bootleg:

Le Terme *Part II* LP

Poster scan
Thanks to Neil Woodvine for the poster scan

ULU photographed in 2002
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Joy Division - The Eternal
(Michel Enkiri) and reproduced here with permission

Jon Salisbury was there - here is how he remembers the gig:

"Bunked school (20 days from my 17th birthday) and got given 5 tickets instead of 4 - flogging the extra one for a fiver. Serious dosh back then.

The gig was packed. Morley was there in his trademark overcoat. He stood next to us.

I remember Dead Souls kicking off with that rumble of drums, trouble with the equipment, the synths caught me by surprise, Curtis bathed in white light, the beauty and the violence of the greatest group on the planet, not knowing what to make of what (I later discovered) was The Eternal, Digital staccatoing the proceedings to an end.

And, then, silence".

Thanks to Mark for the ticket scan