Joy Division

   

31st December 1979: Warehouse above Woolworth's, Oldham Street, Manchester

   
Joy Division played at a Factory arranged New Year's Eve Party above a shop in Manchester's Piccadilly Gardens. About 100 invited guests attended and the band played for about half an hour.

We're not at all sure about the venue as the Woolworths in Oldham Street burned down 8th May 1979.

Someone who was there tells us: "It was a great night. I can't remember much, except it was the Factory New Year Eve Party, and several Manc bands played including JD. I think they just played a couple of numbers. My main recollection is when a fight broke out, and Ian and Terry got hit, and had to be rescued by me and a few others. I think some meatheads were booing one of the bands and Ian said something to them and got hit.".





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Bedge was there and nicked the poster above. He tell us: "It's basically a large Return of the Durritti Column poster. From what I can recall, there were loads of them stuck up on the walls, and they'd been sprayed with "1980". I managed to nick one at the end of the night, and it's been with me ever since, although it's now in a right sorry state"