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New Order Announce UK Tour PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Shaw   
14 03 2012
ImageFollowing the huge success of their sold out shows in Brussels, Paris and London at the end of last year, New Order have announced details their first UK tour for 6 years. The tour, which starts in their hometown at Manchester Apollo on 26th April, will stop off at Birmingham, London and Glasgow, before finishing in the North East with a date at Newcastle's Academy on the 8th May.

New Order, who are also set to play T In The Park, Bestival, Benicassim and a series of others festivals during the summer, announced in late 2011 that they had reformed, but that founding member and bass player Peter Hook would not be part of their line-up. Instead keyboard player Gillian Gilbert, who hadn't performed with the band for over 10 years, rejoined and bass duties were taken up by Tom Chapman, who was part of frontman Bernard Sumner's recent project Bad Lieutenant.

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Originally formed in 1980 by the remaining members of Joy Division, following the suicide of vocalist Ian Curtis, New Order became one of the most critically acclaimed and highly influential bands of the decade. Fusing New Wave and electronic music, they released five critically acclaimed albums throughout the 80s, before going on hiatus in 1993.

The band reconvened in 1998, and in 2001 released Get Ready, their first album in eight years. However, it was in 2007 when bassist Peter Hook left the band and stated that he and fellow founding member Bernard Sumner had no further plans to work together. In 2011, despite previous comments from Sumner suggesting otherwise, New Order reformed without Hook, with Gilbert, who originally left the band in 2011, returning to the fold and Tom Chapman replacing Hook on bass

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New Order were the flagship band for Factory Records. Their minimalist album sleeves and "non-image" (the band rarely gave interviews and were known for performing short concert sets with no encores) reflected the label's aesthetic of doing whatever the relevant parties wanted to do, including an aversion to including singles as album tracks.

Those New Order dates in full are as follows:

O2 Apollo Manchester (April 26, 27)
Birmingham Ballroom (29)
O2 Academy Brixton (May 2, 3)
O2 Academy Glasgow (5)
Edinburgh Usher Hall (6)
O2 Academy Newcastle (8)


Tickets for the tour are on sale now. For more information and links to buy tickets, check the New Order website here.
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