Headstock release cover of Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ to mark Ian Curtis’ 64th birthday

The song was originally performed as part of Headstock’s ‘Moving Through The Silence’ event on United We Stream during lockdown.

The Manc The Manc - 15th July 2020

Music and mental wellbeing festival, Headstock, is releasing a special cover of Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ to commemorate Ian Curtis’ 64th birthday and raise funds for mental health charity, Manchester Mind.

First performed during Headstock’s ‘Moving Through the Silence’ event on United We Stream during lockdown, the charity single is an incredible collaboration between more than 30 musicians.

Manchester choir director Dan McDwyer has played a key role in bringing the talent together – with artists recording their parts from remote locations.

The cover has been compiled by The Untold Orchestra, The Northern Session Choir (including voices from the Royal Northern College of Music) and singer-songwriter, IORA.

Proceeds will go to one of the region’s essential charities in Mind – supporting the delivery of vital mental health services across Manchester.


Headstock Founder, Atheer Al-Salim, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have been able to work with Dan McDwyer and all of incredibly talented musicians who gave up their time for free in support of Manchester Mind, a fantastic charity whose support and services are needed now more than ever.

“At Headstock, we’re firm believers in the positive impact that music can have on both our mental and emotional wellbeing, so we really hope that people enjoy the single.”


Choir Director, Dan McDwyer added: “Mental health is very close to my heart and I have always been extremely passionate about the positive effects of singing and music in general on wellbeing and mental health.

“It is an honour to release this single raising money for Manchester Mind in order to help others during this time.”

The single has been distributed for release across iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube Music / Google Play, Pandora, Deezer, iHeartMusic, TikTok, Tidal and Shazam.

It will be available to stream or download from July 15.