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Places of Interest

Listed on this page are places which were significant in terms of the band's career.
These are organised into four sections as follows:

When you have finished, click on the picture of Ian Curtis to return to the index.


Sunley Building

Places in Manchester

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T J Davidson's Rehearsal Studio, Little Peter Street, Knott Mill, M15
A disused warehouse converted into a rehearsal studio complex by Tony Davidson, owner of the TJM record label. This venue (which had retained all the atmosphere and acoustics of a disused warehouse!) was used regularly by Joy Division as well as by TJM artists. The promo video for Love Will Tear Us Apart was recorded here.

The Electric Circus, Collyhurst Street, M40
A dilapidated former bingo hall which was Manchester's punk epicentre during the Warsaw period. The band's first public performance was at the Electric Circus on 29th May 1977. The venue closed on 2nd October 1977, re-opened briefly the following year and was later demolished. Warsaw were among many local bands taking part in two farewell concerts, excerpts from which were captured on the Short Circuit compilation.

Rafters, 65 Oxford Street, M1
Warsaw played several gigs in their early career at Rafters, where Rob Gretton was the resident DJ. The club, now the Music Box, was in the basement of what was then Fagins. Rafters hosted the Stiff Records/Chiswick Challenge on 14th April 1978 when, as Joy Division, the band impressed Rob Gretton and Tony Wilson.

The Squat, Devas Street, M15
An old building in the university area which once housed a music school, this was another venue where Warsaw played regularly in 1977. The building has since been demolished and the site is now a car park.

Band On The Wall, 25 Swan Street, M4
Joy Division played here several times in 1978 and 1979. Previously a pub called the George and Dragon, this developed into a major jazz venue. In the late 1970s, Monday night each week was given over to emerging local bands.

The Russell Club, Royce Road, Hulme, M15
The site of Tony Wilson's club The Factory, where Joy Division (and other Factory bands) played on several occasions. The name is spelt Russel on Peter Saville's posters, but Russell by many other people who knew it well. Before and after the Factory era it was a reggae venue, also known as the PSV Club.

Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, M2
Concerts here by the likes of Lou Reed and the Sex Pistols provided inspiration to Joy Division. On 3rd July 1979 the band were on stage rather than in the audience.

The Mayflower Club, Birch Street, West Gorton, M12
Joy Division participated in the Funhouse Festival "Stuff the Superstars" Special at this dingy club on 28th July 1979. The Mayflower building, which is no longer standing, at one time housed the Corona cinema.

Pips, Fennel Street, M4
A complex with several dance floors where the band played their first gig as Joy Division on 25th January 1978 (although they were advertised as Warsaw).

Apollo Theatre, Stockport Road, Ardwick, M12
Joy Division's two performances at the Apollo on 27th/28th October 1979 are featured on the video Here Are The Young Men. The building, described as an "Art Moderne palace", dates from 1938 and has been used as a cinema as well as a concert venue.

The Osborne, Oldham Road, M4
Joy Division headlined a benefit concert here on 7th February 1980. The name of the venue, which doubled as a roller disco, is spelled Osbourne (or New Osbourne) in some listings.

Arrow Studios, 6 Jackson's Row, M2
The recording sessions for Joy Division's proposed (but unreleased) RCA album were held here in May 1978. Arrow was owned by Greendow, who also owned Indigo Studios.

Central Sound Studios, 91 St James Street, M1
This was the setting for Joy Division's first attempt to record the Transmission single in July 1979.

Rare Records, John Dalton Street, M2
Ian Curtis worked here and developed his musical interests before his marriage.

Sunley Building, Piccadilly Plaza, M1
Ian Curtis worked here for the Manpower Services Commission. Deborah Curtis worked in the same building, although not in the same office. Nearby were the Manchester offices of RCA and Piccadilly Radio.

Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, M3
The cathedral and the surrounding streets feature in Joy Division photos from 1979.

The Hacienda Club, Whitworth Street, M1
Although it came after the Joy Division era, this extravagant venue was closely associated with New Order and with Factory. A former yacht showroom converted at great expense into a high-tech disco, it opened in May 1982 and closed in June 1997.

77 Barton Street

Places in North-West England

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The King's School, Cumberland Street, Macclesfield
This was the school in Macclesfield attended by Ian Curtis and Stephen Morris. At the time Ian lived with his parents in a flat at 11 Park View, overlooking Victoria Park.

77 Barton Street, Macclesfield
The home of Ian and Deborah Curtis during the Joy Division era, where Ian did much of his writing, and where he died on 18th May 1980.

St Thomas's Church, Henbury, near Macclesfield
Ian and Deborah Curtis were married in this church on 23rd August 1975.

Macclesfield Crematorium, Prestbury Road, Macclesfield
Ian Curtis was cremated here on 23rd May 1980. The memorial stone which was erected by Deborah Curtis (and which is often incorrectly called a "gravestone") bears the words Love Will Tear Us Apart.

Salford Grammar School, Eccles Old Road, Salford
This was the school attended by Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner (then known as Bernard Dicken) and their friend Terry Mason. It has been known as Buile Hill High School for many years now.

Pennine Sound Studios, Ripponden Road, Oldham
The scene of early Warsaw recording sessions for the Warsaw Demo and An Ideal For Living, and for later Joy Division sessions (including the "Pennine" version of Love Will Tear Us Apart). It later changed its name to Mirage Studios. The studio building was an old church, which was demolished in the 1990s.

Cargo Studios, Kenion Street, off Drake Street, Rochdale
Tracks for the Factory Sample and Licht und Blindheit were recorded here. Peter Hook later became part owner of the studio, which was renamed Suite 16 in 1985.

Strawberry Recording Studios, Waterloo Road, Stockport
This became one of the major recording venues in the North of England, and was notable as the base of 10cc. Unknown Pleasures was recorded here in April 1979 with Martin Hannett producing. Strawberry was also used to record Transmission and Love Will Tear Us Apart. The studio later converted to film and video production.

Bowdon Vale Youth Club, Bowdon, Altrincham
Joy Division's gig here on 14th March 1979 was one of their first live performances to be recorded. It was also filmed, and featured in the Factory Flick. The name is often incorrectly spelt as Bowden.

86 Palatine Road, West Didsbury
The home of Alan Erasmus, where Factory Records established their headquarters in 1979 and where they remained until 1990.

Eric's, Mathew Street, Liverpool L2
Close to the site of the legendary Cavern, Eric's club was the scene of Warsaw's first gig with Steve Morris on drums, and of several other performances in the band's early career. Eric's usually had a Saturday matinee at 5pm for those under 18, followed by the evening performance. The club closed in 1980.

The Warehouse, St Johns Place, off Church Street, Preston
A multi-level music and dance venue which hosted a Joy Division concert on 28th February 1980. This performance was captured on several bootleg albums, despite some PA problems, and was eventually released on the Preston live album. The venue was known as Raiders for a time, but later reverted back to The Warehouse.

Derby Hall, Market Street, Bury
A very chaotic gig was held here on 8th April 1980, when Ian Curtis played little part due to ill health. The Victorian building, originally commissioned by the Earl of Derby, now houses a theatre and concert venue known as The Met.

The Lyceum

Other Places in England

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Maida Vale Studios, Delaware Road, London W9
Joy Division's two John Peel Sessions for BBC radio were recorded here. Previously an ice-rink, the site was converted into a major BBC studio complex in the 1930s.

Britannia Row Studios, 35 Britannia Row, Islington, London N1
This was the recording venue for the Closer sessions with Martin Hannett in March 1980. The building was owned by Pink Floyd, who had converted it into a recording studio and storage facility for their equipment.

Electric Ballroom, Camden High St, London NW1
This vast dance hall was the setting for two major Joy Division concerts. The first on 31st August 1979 drew 1,200 people, Joy Division's largest audience. The second on 26th October 1979 came during a break in the Buzzcocks tour.

Hope And Anchor, Upper Street, Islington, London N1
This pub, noted as a punk rock venue, staged Joy Division's first appearance in London on 27th December 1978.

Marquee Club, Wardour Street, Soho, London W1
This small club was London's leading live music venue for many years until it closed in 1988. Joy Division played here on 4th March 1979 as support for The Cure.

The Moonlight Club, West End Lane, West Hampstead, London NW6
This club, situated in the Railway pub, was the scene of three notable Joy Division gigs on 2nd/3rd/4th April 1980. The version of Sister Ray which appears on Still was recorded here.

Rainbow Theatre, Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, London N4
The Buzzcocks/Joy Division tour ended here with two performances on 9th/10th November 1979. Joy Division also performed at a benefit concert for Stranglers' lead singer Hugh Cornwell on 4th April 1980. The Rainbow, formerly the Astoria cinema, was a major London concert venue at the time. The building is now owned by the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God.

Lyceum Ballroom, Wellington Street, Strand, London WC2
Another important London venue where Joy Division shared top billing for a major concert on 29th February 1980. An old building which has had many uses, the ballroom closed in 1985 and the Lyceum is now a theatre.

Nashville Rooms, North End Road, West Kensington, London W14
Now the Famous Three Kings, this pub venue hosted many rock and punk concerts in the 1970s. Joy Division played there twice, in August and September 1979. After one of these gigs, the van carrying Peter Hook, Terry Mason and the band's equipment was hit by truck on the journey home.

Queen's Hall, Swinegate, Leeds
John Keenan's "Science Fiction Music Festival" (aka Futurama '79) was held here in September 1979. Joy Division appeared on the opening day. This former tram depot was used as an exhibition centre, market and concert hall before being demolished in 1989. The site is now a car park although there are plans for development.

High Hall, Church Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham
This University of Birmingham hall of residence was the scene of Joy Division's final performance on 2nd May 1980, which was captured on the double album Still. The building was later re-named Chamberlain Hall and eventually demolished in 2014.

De Effenaar

Places in Continental Europe

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Raffinerie du Plan K, Rue de Manchester, Bruxelles, Belgium
This former sugar refinery (now known as La Raffinerie) was the scene of two Joy Division concerts: on 16th October 1979 where the main act was American author William S Burroughs, and on 17th January 1980 during the European tour.

Les Bains Douches, Rue du Bourg-L'Abbé, Paris, France
Once a Turkish bath, this club was the setting for a Joy Division concert on 18th December 1979 which was broadcast live on French radio and captured on many bootlegs. Nine tracks were eventually released on an official live album in 2001.

Paradiso Club, Weteringschans, Amsterdam, Netherlands
A former church regarded as the rock temple of the Netherlands, this was the venue for one of the most heavily booted Joy Division concerts on 11th January 1980. Several tracks from this concert were officially released in 2001.

Cultureel Centrum De Effenaar, Dommelstraat, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Another Joy Division concert which was the source for many bootleg recordings was held here on 18th January 1980. Several tracks from this concert were officially released in 2001. A youth centre which became a concert venue, the Effenaar was rebuilt in 2005.

The Basement, Christuskirche, Herwarthstrasse, Köln, Germany
Situated in the converted basement of an old church, this venue has interesting acoustics from the arched and vaulted crypt. It was the scene of a notable Joy Division concert on 15th January 1980.

Kant Kino, Kantstrasse, Berlin, Germany
Despite their interest in things German, Joy Division performed only twice in Germany. Their European tour ended in this Berlin cinema on 21st January 1980.

Cimitero di Staglieno, Piazzale Resasco, Genova, Italy
The marble monuments in this vast cemetery provided the inspiration for the cover artwork for Closer and Love Will Tear Us Apart.

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