The crowd were jumping excitedly around for the duration of New Order’s set. A combination of 80’s electro synths and good solid guitar melodies, there was something for everyone (well almost!). Initially we did think there was a possibility that lead singer Bernard Sumner was a bit past it due to slightly weak vocals during the first song. However it seemed that was just a blip that was pulled back after the first number.
New Order played a handful of Joy Division songs paying homage to their previous band with hits such as Love Will Tear Us Apart going down really well with the crowd. They also played a varied selection of their own material which reflected the many stylistic influences of New Order and were equally as popular with the crowd.
The band brought forward some political issues by playing an anti-war song and making their moral stance clear by speaking of how war was destroying our world. However clichéd it could have seemed it came across extremely genuine and unrehearsed, perhaps a reflection of the freedom the band were given creatively and image wise at the start of their career under their independent label Factory Records.
It was clear New Order had thought about the whole package with great visual images projected on a giant screen on stage. Known for having an impact on the dance, and alternative rock scenes the performance seemed to be a culmination of all their various musical influences.
New Order delivered a great set and proved that if the music is good then a band really can stand the test of time!