Joy Division concert

11th April 1980: The Factory I (Russell Club), Manchester

Supported by Minny Pops

Possible set list:
The Eternal
Heart And Soul
Isolation / LWTUA (could be either or both)
24 Hours
A Means To An End
She's Lost Control
Atrocity Exhibition*

The planned set list is taken from one of Rob Gretton's notebooks as reproduced in the 1 Top Class Manager book ( page 162). In the absence of any recordings, whether they stuck to it on the night is unknown.

*A contemporary review states they encored with Atrocity Exhibition

Ian Curtis on stage - with Twinny, Terry Mason and Bernard in the second photo
All stage photos on this page (C) Reynard Toombs and reproduced here with permission

Advert from the Manchester Evening News

Alan Wise "no encore"
The original Factory reopened for a few Friday dates. Joy Division were booked only 10 days in advance and attracted a crowd of 900 people despite minimal advertising. 

There had been several incidents that evening and the atmosphere wasn't good when Joy Division entered the stage. 

However, according to most reports the set was nothing less than brilliant so the atmosphere improved considerably.
"Rob Gretton* came out after Joy Division went off and said 'Joy Division will not be coming back again tonight, and if you bastards throw a bottle at me there definitely will be hell.'

So, Pils bottles flew from everywhere at him. Joy Division came back out and the club erupted when they did 'Atrocity Exhibition' as the encore."
[Nick Wraith, June 1982]

* It was actually Alan Wise. See photo left for him giving the announcement.
Deborah Curtis went to the concert and found out more about Ian's relationship with Annik, specifically their living arrangements during the recording of Closer - Peter Hook, Substance Book


All stage photos above (C) Reynard Toombs and reproduced here with permission
The flyer measures 10 x 7cm (B6)

On 28 April 2020 Omega Auctions auction a number of unpublished photos from this concert, all taken by Martin Mitchell