Peter Hook & The Light announce Liverpool ‘Substance’ Anniversary show

Posted on 12 April 2023
By Khyle Deen
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Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the seminal ‘Substance’ compilations – PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT – will be performing them in-full at a special show in Liverpool this Autumn.

Calling into the Olympia on 13th October 2023, the legendary bassist will be performing both Joy Division and New Order ‘Substance’ collections in their entirety with his formidable live band.

Tickets for the show go on general sale this Friday @ 10AM:

New Order’s “Substance” was originally conceived as a way for Factory Records boss, Tony Wilson, to play the New Order singles on the CD player of his new Jaguar car. Substance became the best-selling New Order album ever upon its release, the double LP going on to sell 2 million copies in America alone.

Widely considered New Order’s strongest release and Factory Records’ 200th it featured the bands’ 12″ mixes of their singles as well as re-recorded versions of ‘Confusion’ and Temptation.

Running from “Ceremony” in 1981 up to “True Faith” in 1987, the set takes in the high points of New Order’s catalogue, including “Temptation”, “Thieves Like Us”, “The Perfect Kiss” and “Bizarre Love Triangle”.

Released the following year in July 1988, Joy Division’s “Substance” features all the singles which did not appear on the albums such as “Transmission”, “Komakino”, “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and “Atmosphere”, as well as their B-sides, tracks from their EP “An Ideal For Living” and the Factory Records sampler.

Factory Records’ 250th release, it begins with “Warsaw” and takes in the development of the band through “Digital” and “Dead Souls” to the band’s final tracks. The collection demonstrates the same energy as a full-length LP with several key B-sides added.

Peter Hook & The Light have now toured for a dozen years and have played 11 New Order and Joy Division albums in their complete forms. With a live repertoire spanning over 130 songs, their live sets are frequently diverse and take in many celebrated album tracks and fan favourites.

Debuting the new double ‘Substance’ live show with a SOLD-OUT hometown appearance at Manchester’s Albert Hall over the weekend, Peter Hook and the Light will now be taking it to select audiences nationwide, including this unmissable Liverpool fixture this Autumn.

@ Olympia, Liverpool
– Friday October 13th 2023 –

Doors 7.00pm / Show Starts 8.00pm
Age Restrictions – 14+, under 14s accompanied by an adult at all times.

Ticket Price: £35.00 +STBF
On general sale this Friday @ 10AM here:


‘A masterclass in euphoria and heartache in equal measure…. The chronology of the set played perfectly as high spirits continued to grow right up until the end of the show.” – Gigwise

“A 29 song setlist is an impressive undertaking and it was incredible to see one of the great guitarists of the last 50 years. Hooky is certainly doing a fantastic job of continuing Ian Curtis’ legacy and keeping Joy Division’s music relevant to the modern day.”
The Mic Magazine

“Peter Hook and The Light never disappoint; you can see they’re giving it their all and enjoying it at the same time. Just a brilliant live band.”
Music Fiends

“A real treat.”
LA Record

“In the two-and-a-half hours Peter Hook & The Light were on stage, it was hard to fathom how many hits New Order and Joy Division had. Just within the first hour, there were enough songs that some artists today wish they could both write and have in their arsenal. That is what great chemistry in a band does.”
Huffington Post

“This reviewer could easily write about every song played – the show went for almost three hours – as they’re all classics. To hear back to back greatest hits live of two of your favourite bands just never happens. Many went home tonight with a big grin on their faces.”
The Music

“By focusing solely on the music and allowing the songs inherent structure to do the heavy lifting instead of blowing them up into pseudo-stadium cuts, their inherent virtues were that much more apparent. Frankly, these songs rock……This is Peter Hook and his band taking a chance, dusting off wrongly ignored tunes, and kicking ass.”
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