Joy Division

20th August 1978: Royal Standard, Bradford

We're not sure about this gig. The only evidence this gig took place comes from Rob Gretton's notebooks as published in 1 Top Class Manager (pages 20 and 26) and by Manchester District Music Archives on the web. However the evidence is quite compelling with a copy of a contract, a diary entry for a gig on this date, and notes about petrol expenses.

Joy Division played the Royal Standard a few weeks later on September 10th and it's possible this concert was postponed to that date, or perhaps the September one was brought forward and actually took place 20th August.

Supported by Emergency (who later became Foreign Press). Or probably not. According to Emergency's sound engineer Colin Blades, Joy Division hired him and Emergency's impressive PA system, as they often did, but Emergency didn't perform. See the images below which show the same payment of 15 for both "Emergency" and " PA" in different documents.





All images (C) and courtesy Manchester District Music Archive

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