New Order’s Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris have announced a livestream event to celebrate the life of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis.
Moving Through Silence: Celebrating the Life & Legacy of Ian Curtis takes place Monday, May 18th on the 40th anniversary of Curtis’ death. Marking the beginning of the UK’s Mental Health Awareness Week, the event is billed as “a special evening of music, poetry, and conversation.” It will raise money for the Manchester Mind mental health charity, with 30% of the donations also benefiting Nordoff Robins music therapy center and the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Charity.
Along with interviews from Sumner and Morris, the event will also feature appearances from The Killers’ Brandon Flowers, actor Maxine Reed, and Curtis’ close friend Mark Reeder. There will also be performances from Elbow, Kodaline, LoneLady, The Lottery Winners, Manchester’s Jennifer Hardy, poet Oliver Lomax, and the Royal Northern College of Music’s Northern Session Choir. More performers will be revealed this Friday.
On Wednesday (May 13th), Rhino revealed plans to reissue Joy Division’s final album, Closer, on vinyl to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Remastered versions of non-album tracks “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, “Transmission”, and “Atmosphere” will also be reissued as 12-inch singles.