Peter Hook is hosting a charity gig and Q&A at an iconic Manchester pub to raise money for mental health

It's going to be a truly special night in Manc music history. (this article contains affiliate links.)

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 5th December 2023

Joy Division and New Order co-founder, Peter Hook, is taking part in a charitable evening of live music and conversation right here in Manchester city centre early next year, and it’s being hosted at one of Manchester’s most beloved pubs, the Star and Garter.

Fresh off the announcement of New Order’s massive homecoming gig at Wythenshawe Park — their first full headline show together since 2021 — the Manc music legend who now tours with his self-titled band, Peter Hook and the Light, will be playing iconic tracks and having a chat with guests in April 2024.

Being held at the legendary city centre pub, which now bears the freshly restored mural of his former bandmate and one of the greatest English musicians of all time, Ian Curtis, the significance of the intimate concert being held at such an iconic music venue is not lost on anyone.

Better still, the special one-off gig, Q&A session and evening as a whole has been set up with the help of local music-driven mental health organisation, Headstock, and will be raising money for their partnered nationwide charity, Shout.

Peter Hook and the Light are merely the latest in a long line of huge names to grace the Star and Garter.

Announcing the gig on Monday, 4 December, the veteran vocalist, bass player and singer-songwriter said of the inspirational fundraising gig, which will also pay tribute to Curtis: “I have campaigned for a long time for Ian and Joy Division to be commemorated anyway and anywhere possible.


“From the statue in Macclesfield, still ongoing, and the mural there as well; to the mural in Manchester and the upcoming one in Stockport. I will only rest when every town in Great Britain has something. 

“I am immensely proud of Ian and our work as Joy Division and to celebrate it in this way is such a pleasure. I am hoping to bring Ian’s best man at his wedding and childhood friend, Kelvin Briggs to join me so fans can get a real insight into this wonderful man and artist.


“To play at such an iconic venue as the Star and Garter just seals the deal perfectly.”

Speaking on the event, Headstock founder Atheer Al-Salim said, “We are so grateful to Peter Hook and his band who are giving up their time and talent to help us raise much-needed funds to support our charity partner, Shout, and their life-saving text-support service.

“The evening promises to be a poignant moment for Manchester, and an event of huge musical and cultural significance for the city.”


As for Shout, their CEO Victoria Hornby added: “We’re incredibly grateful to Peter Hook and The Light and Headstock for putting on this very special event which will raise vital funds for us to keep the Shout text messaging support service running 24/7.

“Our volunteers take up to 2,000 conversations with children, young people and adults in urgent need of mental health support every day, and every £10 raised funds a conversation that could save a life.”

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Set to play a predominantly Joy Divison-based set in the same year that the famous Manc four-piece finally received their inaugural nomination to be entered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there will be just 200 spaces available and the Star and Garter be packed just as it was back in its heyday.

Tickets will be allocated via a ballot on Skiddle, with the first ballot already open and will close on Friday, 2 February 2024. Each successful ballot entrant will be allocated a maximum of two tickets to the event. 

The pricing for ‘An Evening of Music and Conversation with Peter Hook’ on 12 April, 2024 is as follows:

  • 1x ballot entry – £10
  • 3x ballot entries – £15
  • 10x ballot entries – £20

The gig is already selling fast, so secure your spot to see an unforgettable night of music and insight, all for a great cause, HERE.

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