Joy Division

17th June 1979: Royalty Theatre, Kingsway, London WC2


With John Cooper-Clarke and Fashion

In 2006 the Manchester District Music Archive web site published a page from one of Rob Gretton's spiral bound notepads with the following set list for this gig. Whether this was the set Joy Division performed on the night we don't know.

Chance Atmosphere
I Remember Nothing
New Dawn Fades
These Days

The strikethrough on Chance represents the change of name to Atmosphere. Presumably I Remember Nothing is crossed out due to a change of mind.

For two weeks the promoters ran block ads in the back of the music press that only listed FASHION (who played support on the whole John Cooper-Clarke tour) as support act, so this must rank pretty much as a secret Joy Division show....its only Rob Gretton's receipts that prove this Joy Division performance actually took place.


Royalty Theatre (renamed the Peacock Theatre) photographed in 2002
(C) Copyright
Joy Division - The Eternal web site
(Michel Enkiri) and reproduced here with permission


Thanks to Steve Benham for the NME scan

Garry Gibbons was there. Here's what he told us about the gig::
I went to London to see John Cooper-Clarke at the Royalty Theatre, on 17 June 1979. Id never heard of Joy Division. I was seing a girl called Toril at the time and we rolled up at the theatre, went straight to the bar and waited for the show to begin. Whilst drinking, we heard the most amazing music coming out of the theatre so made our way to the stage. Ill never forget the sight. Although I didnt know it at the time, Joy Division were playing god knows what it was but the spectacle of Curtis and Co froze me to the spot. The theatre was largely empty with what seemed to be a small group of fans / followers / friends standing in front of the stage as the band performed something that,for me, was completely unique. The band, the music and Curtis were absolutely mesmerising. I sat toward the back of the theatre, alone and in the dark, and I watched and I listened. Im certain that the band played Shes Lost Control but then Im getting on now and the memory is suffering. However, not too long after that gig, Peel played Joy Division (Shes Lost Control) and I recognised them instantly.

Thanks to Steve Benham for the NME clippings