Elbow and The Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers will join Joy Division members Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris for an online event tonight which will celebrate the life of the late Ian Curtis 40 years on from his death.
The Joy Division frontman and lyricist took his own life on 18 May 1980 at the age of 23. A free online event, Moving Through the Silence: Celebrating The Life and Legacy of Ian Curtis, will celebrate the late musician’s life and raise money for the Manchester mental health charity Manchester Mind.
The event, which will be hosted by Headstock and DJ/writer Dave Haslam and will be live-streamed between 8PM and 10PM UK time through United We Stream, will also help mark the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week.
The two-hour event is being billed as “a special evening of music, poetry and conversation to remember the life and legacy of Ian Curtis”, and will feature interviews with New Order‘s Sumner and Morris.
The Killers‘ Brandon Flowers – who guested on ‘Superheated’ on New Order’s most recent studio album, Music Complete – will also be talking about the influence that Joy Division has had on his band, while actress Maxine Peake and Curtis’ friend and Factory Records acolyte Mark Reeder will also speak. Among those set to perform on the night are Elbow, LoneLady, the Lottery Winners and Kodaline and more.
Elsewhere, Joy Division bassist Peter Hook is marking 40 years since the death of Ian Curtis today by streaming a gig in which he played every Joy Division song with his band The Light.
The 2015 concert saw the bassist perform at Christ Church in Curtis’ hometown of Macclesfield, Cheshire. Now, a three hour concert movie So This Is Permanent will be streamed for the first ever time today. It will be broadcast from 12pm and available for just 24 hours before a DVD becomes available in June. Fans are encouraged to donate to The Epilepsy Society.