“I always think that when you are offered A Musical Tour of Manchester, the ONLY person who should lead you IS a Manchester Musician. Craig Gill is a rare beast. He made a great musical mark on the world, retreated to safety, then come out and done it all again! A true ‘expert’ in every meaning of the word! A true leader! Your in very safe hands!” Peter Hook (New Order/Joy Division)
THE FREE TRADE HALL
Concerts here by the likes of Lou Reed and The Sex Pistols provided the inspiration to Joy Division. On the 3rd of July 1979 the band were on stage rather than in the audience.
Warsaw played several gigs in their early career at Rafters, where Rob Gretton was resident DJ. The band first impressed Rob Gretton and Tony Wilson when Rafters hosted the Stiff/Chiswick challenge on 14th April 1978.
T J DAVIDSON’S REHEARSAL STUDIO
A disused warehouse converted into a rehearsal studio complex by Tony Davidson, owner of the TJM label and manger of punk band Slaughter And The Dogs. This venue was Joy Divisions rehearsal room and the promo video for Love Will Tear Us Apart was also filmed there.
You will be shown the original Head Quarters, now Fac251 nightclub owned by Joy Division and New Order’s Peter Hook.
THE RUSSELL CLUB
The site of Tony Wilson’s club the factory, where Joy Division played on several occasions. Fac 1 is the catalogue number given to the poster designed by Peter Saville for the Factory night.
THE EPPING WALK BRIDGE
Kevin Cummins took Joy Division’s most iconic photograph on this foot bridge looking over The Princess Parkway, the main dual carriageway in and out of the city.
Ian and Deborah Curtis got married here.
This became one of the major recording venues in the North of England, and was notable as the base of 10cc. Unknown Pleasures was recorded here with Martin Hannet producing. Strawberry was also used to record Transmission and Love will Tear Us Apart. Joy Division’s name has now been added to a new plaque erected at the site.
TOUR INCLUDES IAN CURTIS’S MACCLESFIELD
THE KING’S SCHOOL
Both Ian Curtis and drummer Steve Morris attended this school, Steve was expelled for ‘chemical creativity.
The home of Deborah and Ian Curtis, during the Joy Division era, where Ian did much of his writing and where he died on 18th May 1980.
THE LABOUR EXCHANGE
The building where Ian Curtis worked in 1978 helping people with disabilities back into employment, it is also featured in the 2007 film Control. A plaque with the Unknown Pleasures artwork as now been erected at the site.
Ian Curtis was cremated here on 23rd May 1980. The memorial stone bears the words Love Will Tear Us Apart.