For a band renowned for innovation it was fitting that New Order’s gig took place at the centre for scientific discovery, in the shadow of the Lovell Telescope.
And it had extra significance as well for drummer Stephen Morris who, along with the late Ian Curtis, grew up just a few miles down the road in Macclesfield.
They did not let their home crowd down with a hit-laden set which took everyone on a thoroughly enjoyable trip down memory lane.
The extraordinary lighting and special effects, which saw the band’s name adorn the face of the telescope, also combined with the music to create a unique atmosphere.
There was something for everyone with synth classics such as Bizarre Love Triangle and True Faith and the more guitar heavy sounds of Ceremony.
There were also some Joy Division tracks thrown in for good measure, with Isolation one of those to get an airing.
If that wasn’t enough to delight the faithful, there was also the revelation that the band will be recording a new album next year, which in the words of frontman Bernard Sumner ‘is going to be the next Sergeant Pepper’s.’
Earlier in the day, Johnny Marr continued the nostalgic theme and ably warmed the crowd up with a set including a number of Smiths classics including Bigmouth Strikes Again and There is a Light that Never Goes Out.
Sumner also joined Marr on stage for a version of Electronic’s Getting Away With It – a great hit with the crowds basking in the blazing sunshine.
It all made for a glorious homecoming and a night that those present won’t forget in a hurry.