A rock legend is to play a special solo show in a historic Macclesfield church as part of this year’s Barnaby Festival.
Peter Hook made his name as bass player in post-punk heroes Joy Division along with Maxonians Ian Curtis and Stephen Morris. And many of their songs were said to be based on the pair’s experience living and growing up in the town.
Peter will now play the band’s two studio albums in full with his new band The Light at the one-off show at Christ Church in the town centre in June.
The Grade II-listed church, which was built in the eighteenth century, has been closed to regular use for more than 30 years but is being kitted out especially for the festival with unreserved seating in its historic box pews.
Lynn Jones, the festival’s chairwoman, said: “We’re delighted that Peter Hook and The Light have agreed to play at Barnaby. It’s especially poignant that they’ll be playing Joy Division music right here in the heart of Macc.”
The grass roots Barnaby Festival started in 2009 and is run entirely by volunteers.
This year the festival stretches over 17 days, from June 14 to 30, and includes dozens of free events such as a Carnival Parade, a Street Fest and numerous other arts and crafts activities.
Also confirmed as a headline act is stand up comedian Mark Steel who is bringing his award-winning show to the town on Friday, June 21. Then on Saturday, June 22, the Northern Chamber Orchestra will also play at Christ Church – their first-ever appearance at the historic venue.
Tickets are available via www.barnabyfestival.org.uk or from the Visitor Information Centre at Macclesfield Town Hall from Monday, April 22.