Headstock Festival’s live-stream event will commemorate Joy Division’s Ian Curtis


Headstock Festival is streaming an exclusive show celebrating the legacy of singer Ian Curtis during Mental Health Awareness week. 

Curtis' former bandmates Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris will be appearing during the two-hour evening of music and conversation - as creatives come to together to remember the Joy Division frontman 40 years since his death.

The event, entitled 'Moving Through The Silence', will star Brandon Flowers from The Killers and music performances from Elbow, Kodaline and The Lottery Winners - hosted by Manchester writer and DJ Dave Haslam.

The event is aiming to tackle poor mental health in the region; raising funds for Manchester Mind charity in the process.


“Ian Curtis was one of the greats; an amazing songwriter, and a charismatic performer," said Haslam.

"Bernard and Stephen’s thoughts and memories will paint a picture of him offstage too, as a bandmate and friend. It’s an honour to have a part to play in this celebration of Ian’s talent and his huge effect on so many lives.”

The evening will also contain tributes from Manchester-based singer-songwriters Jennifer Hardy and LoneLady, and poet Oliver Lomax, along with a special performance of Joy Division’s 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' ft. IORA, Untold Orchestra and The Northern Session Choir, led by Dan McDwyer.

Headstock Founder, Atheer Al-Salim said: “Through the power of music and shared experiences, our goal is to create change by changing the conversation around mental health.

"Music has a huge role to play in our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and that applies now, more than ever."

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Elizabeth Simpson, CEO, Manchester Mind said the charity appreciated the opportunity to strengthen their partnership with Headstock during Mental Health Awareness Week - reminding the people of Manchester that they are here and ready to help.

Headstock's 'Moving Through The Silence' event will be live on United We Stream, Monday 18 May, from 8pm to 10pm.

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