Joy Division : gigs


This page lists all Joy Division's concerts chronologically
and almost all of their early gigs as Warsaw
with links to known set lists.

1977     1978     1979     1980

This list is largely based upon "An Ideal For Living" with corrections

The Electric Circus

Manchester
UK

Sun 29 May 1977

Advertised as The Stiff Kittens
Appeared as Warsaw
Featured Tony Tabac on drums
Venue photo

Rafters

Manchester
UK

Tue 31 May 1977

Appeared as Warsaw
Featured Tony Tabac on drums
Venue photo

The Squat

Manchester
UK

Wed 01 Jun 1977

Appeared as Warsaw
Featured Tony Tabac on drums

The Squat

Manchester
UK

Fri 03 Jun 1977

Appeared as Warsaw
Featured Tony Tabac on drums

Guild Hall

Newcastle
UK

Mon 06 Jun 1977

Appeared as Warsaw
Featured Tony Tabac on drums

The Squat

Manchester
UK

Thu 16 Jun 1977

Appeared as Warsaw
Featured Tony Tabac on drums

The Squat

Manchester
UK

Sat 25 Jun 1977

Appeared as Warsaw
Featured Tony Tabac on drums

Rafters

Manchester
UK

Thu 30 Jun 1977

Appeared as Warsaw
Featured Steve Brotherdale on drums
Venue photo

The Squat

Manchester
UK

Early Jul 1977

Appeared as Warsaw
Featured Steve Brotherdale on drums
Took place possibly on Sun 03 Jul

Tiffany's

Leicester
UK

Wed 20 Jul 1977

Appeared as Warsaw
Featured Steve Brotherdale on drums

Eric's

Liverpool
UK

Sat 27 Aug 1977

Appeared as Warsaw
Featured Stephen Morris on drums for the first time
It looks like JD played 2 shows, matinee and evening
The date of this concert remains uncertain
Venue photo

Rock Garden

Middlesbrough
UK

Wed 14 Sep 1977

Appeared as Warsaw

The Electric Circus

Manchester
UK

Sat 24 Sep 1977

Appeared as Warsaw
The concert is often wrongly believed to have taken place on Sat 27 Aug 1977
Venue photo

The Electric Circus

Manchester
UK

Sun 02 Oct 1977

Played as Warsaw
One song from the gig, "At A Later Date", will appear on the Short Circuit EP published by Virgin in 1978. The Fall, Magazine, Buzzcocks were also on the bill
Venue photo

College of Technology

Salford
UK

Fri 07 Oct 1977

Appeared as Warsaw
Martin Hannett attended the concert
Venue photo

Manchester Polytechnic

Manchester
UK

Sat 08 Oct 1977

Appeared as Warsaw

Rafters

Manchester
UK

Thu 13 Oct 1977

Appeared as Warsaw
Venue photo

Piper's Disco

Manchester
UK

Wed 19 Oct 1977

Appeared as Warsaw

Rafters

Manchester
UK

Thu 24 Nov 1977

Appeared as Warsaw
Venue photo

Rafters

Manchester
UK

Dec 1977

Appeared as Warsaw
Took possibly place on Wed 21 Dec
Venue photo

The Swinging Apple

Liverpool
UK

Sat 31 Dec 1977

Appeared as Warsaw for the last time

Pip's

Manchester
UK

Wed 25 Jan 1978

Advertised as Warsaw
Appeared as Joy Division
Ian got into trouble just before the gig started and Hooky was later involved in a fight!

Bowdon Vale Youth Club

Altrincham
UK

Tue 14 Mar 1978

Rafters

Manchester
UK

Tue 28 Mar 1978

Venue photo

Rafters

Manchester
UK

Fri 14 Apr 1978

"Battle of the bands" challenge
Rob Gretton & Tony Wilson were in the audience
Venue photo

The Mayflower

Manchester
UK

Sat 20 May 1978

Concert poster
Venue photo

The Factory I

Manchester
UK

Fri 09 Jun 1978

Four gigs were organized to celebrate the opening of The Factory I at the Russel Club
Peter Saville's poster for the event is known as FAC 1 in the Factory catalogue
Venue photo

Band on the Wall

Manchester
UK

Mon 12 Jun 1978

Uncertain date
Venue photo

Eric's

Liverpool
UK

Sat 15 Jul 1978

It looks like JD played 2 shows, matinee and evening
Venue photo

Roots Club

Leeds
UK

Thu 27 Jul 1978

Durutti Column also played this date

The Factory I

Manchester
UK

Fri 28 Jul 1978

Venue photo

Band on the Wall

Manchester
UK

Tue 29 Aug 1978

Venue photo

Band on the Wall

Manchester
UK

Mon 04 Sep 1978

NME Paul Morley's & Sounds Mick Middles's reviews of JD performance were quite laudatory
Concert poster
Venue photo

Eric's

Liverpool
UK

Sat 09 Sep 1978

JD played 2 shows, matinee and evening
Venue photo

Royal Standard

Bradford
UK

Sun 10 Sep 1978

Concert poster
Concert flyer

Coach House

Huddersfield
UK

Fri 22 Sep 1978

Band on the Wall

Manchester
UK

Tue 26 Sep 1978

Venue photo

Institute of Technology

Bolton
UK

Mon 02 Oct 1978

Kelly's

Manchester
UK

Thu 12 Oct 1978

Band on the Wall

Manchester
UK

Mon 16 Oct 1978

Uncertain date (also mentioned to have taken place on 26 Oct)
Venue photo

The Factory I

Manchester
UK

Fri 20 Oct 1978

Peter Saville's poster FAC 3 was created for this event. JD performance deeply impressed both the audience and the press
Venue photo

Brannigan's
(The Fan Club)

Leeds
UK

Tue 24 Oct 1978

Eric's

Liverpool
UK

Sat 04 Nov 1978

Venue photo

The Odeon

Canterbury
UK

Tue 14 Nov 1978

Venue photo

Brunel University

Uxbridge
UK

Wed 15 Nov 1978

Venue photo

Metro

Plymouth
UK

Thu 16 Nov 1978

Cancelled (as the headlining band had just split up!)

Top Rank

Reading
UK

Fri 17 Nov 1978

Southampton University

Southampton
UK

Sat 18 Nov 1978

Cancelled (as the headlining band had just split up!)

Locarno

Bristol
UK

Sun 19 Nov 1978

Cancelled (as the headlining band had just split up!)

Check Inn Club

Altrincham
UK

Mon 20 Nov 1978

Concert poster

King Georges Hall

Blackburn
UK

Tue 21 Nov 1978

Cancelled (as the headlining band had just split up!)

Sheffield Polytechnic

Sheffield
UK

Wed 22 Nov 1978

Cancelled (as the headlining band had just split up!)

Lancaster University

Lancaster
UK

Fri 24 Nov 1978

Cancelled (as the headlining band had just split up!)

Bradford University

Bradford
UK

Sat 25 Nov 1978

Cancelled (as the headlining band had just split up!)

New Electric Circus

Manchester
UK

Sun 26 Nov 1978

Venue photo

St. Andrews University

St. Andrews
UK

Mon 27 Nov 1978

Cancelled (as the headlining band had just split up!)

College of Technology

Salford
UK

Fri 01 Dec 1978

Often wrongly mentioned as taking place at The Factory I in Manchester
Concert poster
Venue photo

Revolution Club

York
UK

Fri 22 Dec 1978

The Hope and Anchor

Islington, London
UK

Wed 27 Dec 1978

JD first appearance in London
Venue photo

Wythenshawe College

Manchester
UK

Fri 12 Jan 1979

The Factory I

Manchester
UK

Fri 26 Jan 1979

Venue photo

Institute of Technology

Bolton
UK

Sat 10 Feb 1979

Sometimes mentioned as having taken place at the Coal Miner's Club

Eric's

Liverpool
UK

Fri 16 Feb 1979

Venue photo

The Playhouse

Nottingham
UK

Wed 28 Feb 1979

Venue photo

The Hope and Anchor

Islington, London
UK

Thu 01 Mar 1979

Venue photo

The Marquee

Soho, London
UK

Sun 04 Mar 1979

JD supported The Cure
Concert poster
Venue photo

Band on the Wall

Manchester
UK

Tue 13 Mar 1979

Venue photo

Bowdon Vale Youth Club

Altrincham
UK

Wed 14 Mar 1979

Bootleg recording
Part of JD performance was filmed

The Odeon / University of Kent ?

Canterbury
UK

Sat 17 Mar 1979

Venue photo
There is some doubt about this concert taking place

Youth Centre

Walthamstow, London
UK

Fri 30 Mar 1979

Autographed concert poster
Venue photo

Eric's

Liverpool
UK

Thu 03 May 1979

Brilliant review from Ian Wood (NME)
Venue photo

The Factory I

Manchester
UK

Fri 11 May 1979

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark were also on the bill
Venue photo

Acklam Hall

Kensington, London
UK

Thu 17 May 1979

OMD played on this date too
Venue photo

Bowdon Vale Youth Club

Altrincham
UK

Wed 23 May 1979

Brannigan's
(The Fan Club)

Leeds
UK

Thu 07 Jun 1979

The Odeon

Canterbury
UK

Sat 16 Jun 1979

Venue photo

Royalty Theatre

Holborn, London
UK

Sun 17 Jun 1979

Venue photo

Nuffield Theatre
Lancaster University

Lancaster
UK

Tue 19 Jun 1979

Venue photo

Good Mood

Halifax
UK

Fri 22 Jun 1979

Band on the Wall

Manchester
UK

Sat 23 Jun 1979

Bootleg recording
Uncertain date
Venue photo

Free Trade Hall

Manchester
UK

Mon 25 Jun 1979

Venue photo

The Factory I

Manchester
UK

Sun 01 Jul 1979

Or possibly on Thu 28 Jun 1979
Venue photo

Free Trade Hall

Manchester
UK

Tue 03 Jul 1979

Venue photo

Limit Club

Sheffield
UK

Thu 05 Jul 1979

Roots Club

Leeds
UK

Wed 11 Jul 1979

Bootleg recording

The Factory I

Manchester
UK

Fri 13 Jul 1979

Bootleg recording
Concert poster
Venue photo

Imperial Hotel

Blackpool
UK

Fri 27 Jul 1979

Bootleg recording
Supported by OMD
Venue photo

The Mayflower

Manchester
UK

Sat 28 Jul 1979

Featured The Fall headlining
Venue photo

Prince of Wales Conference Centre, YMCA

Tottenham Court Road, London
UK

Thu 02 Aug 1979

Bootleg recording
Featured also Echo And The Bunnymen
Remarkable reviews by Adrian Thrills (NME) & Steve Taylor (Melody Maker)
Promo ad
Venue photo

Romulus

Birmingham
UK

Wed 08 Aug 1979

Sometimes wrongly believed to have taken place in Jun 1979

Eric's

Liverpool
UK

Sat 11 Aug 1979

Matinee at 5 pm
Venue photo

Eric's

Liverpool
UK

Sat 11 Aug 1979

Bootleg recording
Evening performance
Venue photo

Nashville Club
(Nashville Rooms)

Earls Court, London
UK

Mon 13 Aug 1979

Bootleg recording
Supported by OMD and A Certain Ratio
Venue photo

Youth Centre

Walthamstow, London
UK

Fri 24 Aug 1979

Or possibly on Wed 22 Aug 1979
Venue photo

Leigh Pop Festival

Leigh
UK

Mon 27 Aug 1979

Bootleg recording
JD played along with OMD, A Certain Ratio & Echo And The Bunnymen
JD performance was filmed
Concert poster

The Electric Ballroom

Camden, London
UK

Fri 31 Aug 1979

Bootleg recording
JD played in front of 1,200 people, their largest audience to date
Promo ad
Venue photo

Queen's Hall

Leeds
UK

Sat 08 Sep 1979

Bootleg recording
OMD, ACR, Cabaret Voltaire & Public Image Limited also appeared at this Futurama One Festival
NME Andy Gill's review stated JD as the "real stars"
Concert poster

Nashville Club
(Nashville Rooms)

Earls Court, London
UK

Sat 22 Sep 1979

Bootleg recording
Brilliant review by Adrian Thrills (NME)
Venue photo

The Factory I

Manchester
UK

Fri 28 Sep 1979

Bootleg recording
Final gig at the Russel Club before it shut down for the first time
Peter got involved in a fight during the encore
Venue photo

The Mayflower

Manchester
UK

Sat 29 Sep 1979

Venue photo

Mountford Hall
Liverpool University

Liverpool
UK

Tue 02 Oct 1979

Bootleg recording
First date of the tour "supporting" Buzzcocks
Ecstatic review by Bernard Connor : JD blew the headliner off almost every night!
Venue photo

Leeds University

Leeds
UK

Wed 03 Oct 1979

City Hall

Newcastle
UK

Thu 04 Oct 1979

Bootleg recording
Venue photo

The Apollo

Glasgow
UK

Fri 05 Oct 1979

Venue photo

Odeon

Edinburgh
UK

Sat 06 Oct 1979

Bootleg recording
Venue photo

Capitol

Aberdeen
UK

Sun 07 Oct 1979

Venue photo

Caird Hall

Dundee
UK

Mon 08 Oct 1979

Venue photo

Ulster Hall

Belfast
Northern Ireland

Wed 10 Oct 1979

Cancelled

Kelly's

Portrush
Northern Ireland

Thu 11 Oct 1979

Cancelled

City Hall

Cork
Ireland

Sat 13 Oct 1979

Cancelled

Plan K

Brussels
Belgium

Tue 16 Oct 1979

First JD gig out of the UK (away from the Buzzcocks tour). Accompanied by Cabaret Voltaire
JD performance was filmed
Venue photo

Bangor University

Bangor
UK

Thu 18 Oct 1979

Often wrongly believed to have taken place on Fri 19 Oct

Loughborough University

Loughborough
UK

Sat 20 Oct 1979

Top Rank

Sheffield
UK

Sun 21 Oct 1979

Venue photo

Assembly Halls

Derby
UK

Mon 22 Oct 1979

Venue photo

King George's Hall

Blackburn
UK

Tue 23 Oct 1979

Venue photo

The Odeon

Birmingham
UK

Wed 24 Oct 1979

Venue photo

St. George's Hall

Bradford
UK

Thu 25 Oct 1979

Venue photo

The Electric Ballroom

Camden, London
UK

Fri 26 Oct 1979

Bootleg recording
Another break from the tour
Venue photo

Apollo Theatre

Manchester
UK

Sat 27 Oct 1979

Bootleg recording
Videotaped by Richard Boon
Concert poster
Venue photo

Apollo Theatre

Manchester
UK

Sun 28 Oct 1979

Bootleg recording
Videotaped by Richard Boon
Concert poster
Venue photo

De Montfort Hall

Leicester
UK

Mon 29 Oct 1979

Venue photo

The New Theatre

Oxford
UK

Tue 30 Oct 1979

Concert poster
Venue photo

Civic Hall

Guildford
UK

Thu 01 Nov 1979

Bootleg recording
Venue photo

Winter Gardens

Bournemouth
UK

Fri 02 Nov 1979

Bootleg recording
Venue photo

Sophia Gardens

Cardiff
UK

Sat 03 Nov 1979

Cancelled

Colston Hall

Bristol
UK

Sun 04 Nov 1979

Venue photo

Pavilion

Hemel Hempstead
UK

Mon 05 Nov 1979

Bootleg recording
Venue photo

Pavilion

West Runton
UK

Wed 07 Nov 1979

The Rainbow Theatre

Finsbury Park, London
UK

Fri 09 Nov 1979

Bootleg recording
Promo ad
Venue photo

The Rainbow Theatre

Finsbury Park, London
UK

Sat 10 Nov 1979

Bootleg recording
Final date of the tour. Excellent review by Mark Ellen
Promo ad
Venue photo

Technical College

Stockport
UK

Fri 07 Dec 1979

There is some doubt about this concert taking place

Eric's

Liverpool
UK

Sat 08 Dec 1979

Matinee at 5 pm
Venue photo

Eric's

Liverpool
UK

Sat 08 Dec 1979

Evening performance
Venue photo

Les Bains-Douches

Paris
France

Tue 18 Dec 1979

Bootleg recording
Partially broadcast live on French radio thanks to Bernard Lenoir
Concert poster
Venue photo
JD's hotel photo

Woolworth's Warehouse Piccadilly Gardens

Manchester
UK

Mon 31 Dec 1979

And Tue 1 Jan 1980
Factory New Year's eve party

Paradiso

Amsterdam
Netherlands

Fri 11 Jan 1980

Bootleg recording
JD played two sets : as the support band and as the headliner! Their longest gig ever... 17 songs.
Broadcast on Dutch radio
Venue photo

Paard Van Troje

The Hague
Netherlands

Sat 12 Jan 1980

Venue photo

Doornroosje

Nijmegen
Netherlands

Sun 13 Jan 1980

Venue photo

King Kong

Antwerp
Belgium

Mon 14 Jan 1980

JD's hotel happened to be a part-time brothel!

The Basement

Cologne
Germany

Tue 15 Jan 1980

Bootleg recording
The Basement is part of an old church, with massive arches . The sound was incredible in the vaulted crypt, the atmosphere oustanding and the audience more than enthusiastic!!
Venue photo

Club Lantaren

Rotterdam
Netherlands

Wed 16 Jan 1980

Venue photo

Plan K

Brussels
Belgium

Thu 17 Jan 1980

Bootleg recording
Venue photo

Effenaar

Eindhoven
Netherlands

Fri 18 Jan 1980

Bootleg recording
Part of JD performance was filmed
Concert poster
Venue photo

Club Vera

Groningen
Netherlands

Sat 19 Jan 1980

Venue photo

Kant Kino

Berlin
Germany

Mon 21 Jan 1980

Bootleg recording
Concert poster
Venue photo

The Factory II

Manchester
UK

Thu 07 Feb 1980

At the New Osbourne Club, along with other Factory bands
Concert poster
Venue photo

University of London Union

Bloomsbury, London
UK

Fri 08 Feb 1980

Bootleg recording
With other Factory bands. Excellent reviews by Paul Morley (NME) & Chris Bohn
Concert poster
Concert ticket
Promo ad
Promo sticker
Venue photo

Town Hall

High Wycombe
UK

Wed 20 Feb 1980

Bootleg recording
Concert poster
Promo ad
Venue photo

The Warehouse

Preston
UK

Thu 28 Feb 1980

Bootleg recording
The band had some problems with the PA during the gig and Ian uncharacteristically talked to the audience
Venue photo

The Lyceum

Strand, London
UK

Fri 29 Feb 1980

Bootleg recording
Concert poster
Promo ad
Venue photo

Trinity Hall

Bristol
UK

Wed 05 Mar 1980

Another gig where JD played in a church
Venue photo

The Moonlight Club

West Hampstead, London
UK

Wed 02 Apr 1980

Bootleg recording
Venue photo

The Moonlight Club

West Hampstead, London
UK

Thu 03 Apr 1980

Bootleg recording
Venue photo

The Rainbow

Finsbury Park, London
UK

Fri 04 Apr 1980

Benefit event for The Stranglers. Unfortunately the strobe lights caused Ian to have an epileptic seizure at the very end of the gig
Venue photo

The Moonlight Club

West Hampstead, London
UK

Fri 04 Apr 1980

Bootleg recording
JD played a second set that night. But Ian had to be helped offstage after a few but intense songs.
NME Neil Norman's review was more laudatory than ever despite this
Venue photo

The Winter Gardens

Malvern
UK

Sat 05 Apr 1980

Bootleg recording
Venue photo

Derby Hall

Bury
UK

Tue 08 Apr 1980

A chaotic concert. Ian was ill and he could only perform two songs; the rest of the time JD jammed with other Factory bands. Fighting broke out, including Rob, Terry & Twinny, JD's roadie. Peter was kept away in the dressing room by Tony and other Factory members
Venue photo

The Factory I

Manchester
UK

Fri 11 Apr 1980

After a brilliant show, Rob intentionnally provoked the audience, which finally caused JD to return for an eruptive encore
Venue photo

Bradford
UK

Sat 12 Apr 1980

Cancelled

Ajanta Theatre

Derby
UK

Sat 19 Apr 1980

Bootleg recording
JD played a rather long set even though Ian was ill. They ended up jamming with Section 25 on their song "Girls Don't Count", which had been produced by Ian and Rob

Rochdale
UK

Apr 1980

Cancelled

Scala Cinema

Tottenham, London
UK

Fri 25 Apr 1980

Cancelled
Ian, Peter, Steve, Bernard and Rob attended the gig though, where fellow bands ACR, Durutti Column & Section 25 performed

Rock Garden

Middlesbrough
UK

Sat 26 Apr 1980

Cancelled

High Hall
Birmingham University

Birmingham
UK

Fri 02 May 1980

Bootleg recording
JD final performance. Supported by ACR,  they played new songs ("Ceremony", "Decades") and an encore, "Digital"
The concert was included on the posthumous album "Still"
Concert poster
Venue photo

Eric's

Liverpool
UK

Sat 03 May 1980

Cancelled

Astoria

Edinburgh
UK

Thu 08 May 1980

Cancelled
Concert poster

Albert Hall

Stirling
UK

Fri 09 May 1980

Cancelled

Joy Division plans before Ian's death included :

   - the US / Canada tour :

         - Concerts planned in New York (Hurrah, 21, 22 & 23 May), Toronto (The Edge, 25 May), Detroit (Bookies, 26 May, possibility of cancellation), Chicago (Tuts, 27 May), Madison (Merlyn's, 28 May, depending on Detroit), Minneapolis (Duffy's, 29 May), Boston (The Underground, 30/31 May, uncertain), New York (Rocker/Pop Front, 01 Jun), San Francisco (Mabuhay Gardens, American Indian Hall Centre, 03, 04, 06 or 07 Jun?), Los Angeles (The Starwood, 06 Jun, Flippers, 08 Jun?). Some sources mention Tier 3 as venue for Jun 1st (NYC), Madame Wong's in LA (07 Jun) and possible plans for Hoboken (Maxwell's) & Cincinnati (Bogart's). However pusblished documents like Rob's notebooks and Hooky's concert list do not include any hint of plans for these.

   - a new European tour :

         - Tuxedomoon and Joy Division had plans to tour Europe together in Summer / Autumn 1980

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