Joy Division

3rd October 1979: Leeds University
On tour with the Buzzcocks

Partial set list compiled from contemporary reviews:

Dead Souls
Wilderness
Disorder
Ice Age
Shadowplay
She's Lost Control



In his Sounds review
Des Moines says: "A theatrical sense of timing, controlled improvisation (allowing for apparently arbitrary intro-length), intelligent decibel-variation and good ol' distortion (unintended or otherwise) are the sum total of Joy Division's secret, as evinced on Disorder, Living In The Ice Age and Shadowplay - the latter liberating the LA Woman (not to mention the Heineken) in Curtis.

The anguished singer had achieved total physical self expression by the climax of She's Lost Control and, evidently having lost control, he was helped offstage at the conclusion of a set which, for practical reasons, could not be extended".



Casimir Fouldes' review in  Leeds Student Newspaper: "Despite a long wait in the pouring rain, a near capacity audience was in receptive mood when Joy Division began their set. Singer Ian Curtis enthralled the audience from the start with his weird marionette  - like actions during Dead Souls. All their songs are loud, heavy, and have depressing titles like Wilderness, Disorder, and Ice Age. Hardly the right choice to support the Buzzcocks, but a lot of people, including myself were convinced by their performance and after the final number She's Lost Control there was considerable, though unsuccessful, clamour for an encore".





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Poster: Thanks to Omega Auctions



Buzzcocks / Joy Division Autumn 1979 tour schedule
from Peter Hook's 2019
Omega Auctions auction


Apparently 20-30 people fainted as they were crushed against the stage and Ian had to be helped off stage at the end of the set.



See our Joy Division in Yorkshire article for more information about this venue.