“Hello! Guess who we are? We are New Order. Obviously.” Since reforming two years ago without Peter Hook but with Gillian Gilbert back in the fold, the legends of Manchester music seem to have been having a rather good time, taking a crowd-pleasing set around some of the more pleasant festivals and dishing out cracking performances to extremely happy punters. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
And it is. Recorded last year at Bestival on the Isle Of Wight, the band are as tight as ever; they’re clearly having a ball. From the off, this show is all about enjoying one of England’s longest-serving acts – both for the fans and the band. Bernard Sumner introduces Isolation playfully: “This is a Joy Division song. See if you can guess what it is.”
All the classics are here – Regret, True Faith, The Perfect Kiss, Blue Monday, Temptation, plus a sprinkling of perhaps less familiar songs such as 2005’s Krafty. The whole thing peaks with the perfect encore of Transmission and Love Will Tear Us Apart, which leaves Sumner audibly overwhelmed by the end. And if that’s not enough goodness, all the profits from this release will go to the Isle Of Wight Youth Trust.