Joy Division

14th March 1979: Bowdon Vale Youth Club, Altrincham

Bowdon Vale wasn't a youth club - it was a Social Club and cost 25p to join

Supported by Staff 9. The support band included the Hanleys and Craig Scanlon, soon to be members of The Fall

Songs performed:
01. Exercise One *
02. She's Lost Control
03. Shadowplay
04. Leaders Of Men
05. Insight
06. Disorder
07. Glass
08. Digital
09. Ice Age
10. Warsaw
11. Transmission
12. I Remember Nothing
13. No Love Lost. **

Appx. duration: 40 mins. Sound quality: 7-8/9

There are two different recordings of this concert: An audience tape which does not have track 01 Exercise One* and a soundboard tape which does. The soundboard tape didn't turn up until 2004 and the last track, No Love Lost is cut short**, presumably because the tape ran out.

It's not clear if Exercise One on the soundboard tape is from this gig as there's a pitch difference between Exercise One and She's Lost Control and it sounds like the end of Exercise One has been recorded over rather than the recorder being paused.

The full concert, from the soundboard tape, was released on the following bootleg CD::

The Youth Club

This gig was released on the following bootleg LPs. These are taken from the audience tape and do not have track 01 Exercise One.:

Lost Control LP

Live! Bowdon Vale Youth Club, Altringham 14/3/79 LP

Death LP

Two tracks appears on Another Ideal For Killing LP

Two tracks appears on Live at Bowden Youth Club 7"

All or some of this gig was filmed by Malcolm Whitehead,
songs 02-04 were used in the "Joy Division" 8mm film,
produced by none other than M. Whitehead, and premiered
on 13 September 1979. This is according to Mark Johnson's book
"An Ideal For Living", page 42.

Newspaper advert

Copyright Martin O'Neill

Photos (C) Copyright Martin O'Neill
Used here with permission

Copyright Martin O'Neill

"Firstly, it was wild to have a band like Joy Division In a Youth Club !!...but my main memories are of first seeing Ian Curtis start dancing .. he really scared me .. I wondered what was wrong with him !!
Then, after I'd walked around the room shooting various angles of the gig I ended up actually on the low stage with them (Wow to think I've stood on the same stage as Ian Curtis!!) ... I got behind Curtis and Hooky, and Hooky told me to fuck off! I was so proud that I'd been told to Fuck off by one of Joy Division !! ... Years later I photographed Hooky again for my local newspaper, and reminded him of that time ... He interrupted me by saying "I told you to Fuck off!" ... and then two years ago, at one of the events marking the 25th anniversary of Curtis' death, I finally asked Hooky for an autograph.

He wrote ... "I told you to Fuck off!" ... Brilliant!"

- Martin O'Neill

Karen D was there.

I was at this gig. Bowdon Vale wasn't a youth club - it was a Social Club and cost 25p to join -I still have my membership card but unfortunately not the ticket.

Joy Division were amazing. Ian Curtis hypnotic. The DJ was Ian Robinson and did it with his brother.