When you think of Joy Division you might think of Ian Curtis, The Hacienda, or Factory Records – but one thing that will certainly spring to mind is that insanely iconic ‘Unknown Pleasures’ album artwork.
Well earlier this year, the Music Declares Emergency campaign group teamed up with Peter Saville and Joy Division to reimagine the classic artwork as part of their campaign “NO MUSIC ON A DEAD PLANET”.
Now, it’s has been recreated again – only this time, it’s the size of a house.
The original artwork, designed by Peter Saville in 1979, depicts a series of lines which represent the radio waves emitted from a rotating pulsar (or a star to you and I) as it turns.
Over the years, the artwork has become one of the most recognisable of all time – but now, it has been given a much more impactful meaning by the Music Declares Emergency organisation.
As part of their “NO MUSIC ON A DEAD PLANET” campaign – which is bringing music into the fight against climate change – they have reimagined the original piece. The previous lines that represented the radio waves have been reworked as flat lines to symbolise the death of a planet and the silence that follows.
This week, the poignant new artwork was unveiled as a giant mural on the side of a house on Moorfield Street in Withington.
It’s been painted by hand by artist Tom Jackson – a founding member of London muralist collective Wood Street Walls – and given that the mural has popped up in Withington, you might have guessed that it’s collaboration with Withington Walls – a local organisation who have been setting up mural projects across the town to celebrate some of the famous people from the area.
These are the people behind the Marcus Rashford and Tony Wilson murals that you might recognise.
This Joy Division one is the latest one to add to their collection.
Fitting, as the band’s record label, Factory Records, was founded in a flat just down the road from where the mural sits.
The original artwork remains one of the most recognisable album artworks of all time.
Music Declares Emergency is encouraging the entire music industry to join forces in the fight against climate change.
A whole host of musicians, DJ, producers and more have already got involved worldwide. Famous names like Annie Mac, Enter Shikari, Editors, Sam Fender, The Cribs, and more are all on board. They’re calling on governments and media institutions for immediate action and to paint a more truthful picture of environmental issues.
So, to find out more about Music Declares Emergency and the campaign, check out the organisation’s website.
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Featured Image – Withington Walls
Justin Timberlake announces massive Manchester gig on European tour
Justin Timberlake has finally announced European shows on his massive The Forget Tomorrow World Tour, including a night here in Manchester.
The so-called prince of pop has been behind some of the biggest chart-toppers of a generation, including SexyBack, Mirrors, and Trolls hit Can’t Stop The Feeling.
Justin Timberlake’s career spans decades, first as a member of boyband NSYNC, then as a hugely successful solo performer.
He’s also got several acting credits to his name, in films like The Social Network, Friends with Benefits, and In Time (objectively, not a good film).
Timberlake has told more than 63 million singles globally as a solo artist and has 10 Grammy Awards on his shelf.
And now for the next chapter of his illustrious career he’s back on the live stage, with a huge arena world tour already announced.
Fans have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of a European leg, which has arrived this morning and includes stops in Poland, Germany, the UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and France.
Justin Timberlake will be in Manchester at the brand-new Co-op Live arena in August this year.
The Forget Tomorrow World Tour now has 67 shows, with more than 550,000 tickets already sold in the U.S.
The news comes ahead of the release of new album Everything I Thought It Was, which will be released on 15 March, and new single Drown.
Tickets for Justin Timberlake’s show in Manchester will go on sale on Friday 1 March at 10am.
Justin Timberlake’s The Forget Tomorrow World Tour 2024 European dates
Justin Timberlake has announced the European leg of his tour, including a Manchester show.
Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium announce joint Manchester gig at Co-op Live
Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium have just announced a huge joint arena tour, including a date in Manchester.
Both bands will be performing at the Co-op Live arena as part of The Poisoned Ascendancy UK Tour in 2025.
They’ll be playing their respective albums in full to celebrate their 20th anniversary.
Bullet For My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck said: “I honestly can’t believe it’s been 20 years since the release of The Poison, and what an incredible 20 years it’s been.
“I feel so proud of what we’ve achieved as a band in the last two decades and it all started with that debut album.
“The Poison is such an important part of our lives musically and personally and we know the massive impact it had on the metal world on a global level.
“This tour will be made even more special as our brothers in Trivium are also joining us on the road to celebrate and play in its entirety their stunning album Ascendancy.”
Trivium frontman Matt Heafy said: “Bullet For My Valentine’s The Poison and Trivium’s Ascendancy are two records whose influence can be heard to this day – in the DNA of modern metal.
“It’s incredible to think of the impact the albums had when they came out in 2005. They were both like bolts of lightning.
“Both bands grew up independently of each other in different countries and separately from any movement or scene but both shared a common love of melodic heavy metal at the core; and both had similar meteoric rises right out of the gate.
“Trivium and BFMV were in such whirlwinds when our respective albums came out that we each never truly got to play together or sit back and celebrate during the maelstrom of constant touring, recording and globetrotting.
“But that’s what this anniversary tour is. It’s a celebration by the bands to the fans of an important era, and most importantly it’s an invitation to fans come and have an epic night with us and sing and rage and celebrate the awesome power of the music.”
“This is going to be the metal tour of 2025,” concludes Tuck. “Bullet For My Valentine and Trivium The Poisoned Ascendancy World Tour 2025. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of both albums and playing them in their entirety.
“Get excited people, it’s going to be special and we can’t wait to celebrate with you all.”
Bulley For My Valentine and Trivium – the Poisoned Ascendency Tour, will be at the Co-op Live on 30 January 2025.
The tour will also visit Cardiff, Glasgow, Birmingham, and London.