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Peter Hook and The Light headline Rockaway Beach Festival 2023
Oh lord… there’s nobody on the planet more entitled to the God-given right to push out Joy Division songs than Peter Hook… but despite having seen and loved this show a dozen times in the past (or maybe it’s for that very reason), tonight’s Rockaway Beach Festival Butlins gig seems to not quite nail it.
It’s really hard to pin down the issue, but it may quite simply be that the PA in the main room is a clean machine and the heart of Joy Division was always a deep, dirty and dark affair.
Anyone who has seen a really full-on Peter Hook and The Light show will know how stupendous they can be… check out Love Will Tear Us Apart with a full choir at Manchester Cathedral for a perfect example:
And that said, we’ll admit the the gig was only 20 minutes in before we had to run for a taxi, so there’s every chance that as the night progressed the grit found its way into the performance.
One thing is for sure – we’d never give up the chance to see Peter Hook and his band because when they are on top form they blow the house down with the sorts of anthemic songs that its hard to imagine many new artists topping for originality or intent.
Photos: Sara Bowrey Photos