New Order’s latest concert and documentary has surfaced online. The film “New Order: Decades” named after Factory Records founder Tony Wilson’s short lived program on Granada Television “So It Goes…”, chronicling the Manchester band’s synth-orchestra collaboration with artist Liam Gillick.
The documentary, directed by Mike Christie, was originally broadcast last month on the U.K.’s Sky Arts television network 2 days past the 40th Anniversary of Joy Division’s appearance on Granada Reports.
During the 90 minute film, Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, and Gillian Gilbert make preparations for their appearance at 2017’s Manchester International Festival as New Order backed by a 12 piece synth orchestra.
New Order would perform this five times during the festival, following with an encore performance, in Turin, Italy, and Vienna, Austria earlier in 2018.
The concerts were well received, treating fans to a setlist full of rarities and six songs not played live since the 80’s and 90’s, such as “Dream Attack”, “All Day Long”, “Vanishing Point”, “Subculture”, “Behind Closed Doors” (for the first time), and the Joy Division track “Disorder” for the first time since ever since the death of Ian Curtis.
New Order frontman Bernard Sumner discusses in the film how he whenever he sings Curtis’ lyrics, he always gets an image of the late singer in his head while performing.