Manchester International Festival Live: New Order + Liam Gillick: So It Goes...

The band's acclaimed 2017 show launches MIF's free online program.

By Manchester's Finest | 15 April 2020

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New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes.. is the first show announced for MIF LIVE, Manchester International Festival’s new free online programme for audiences at home during the lockdown.

The exclusive new edit will be streamed at 7.30pm on Friday 17th April, kickstarting the weekly release of archive shows, talks, behind-the-scenes insights and a new series of ‘Festival in My House’.

Originally presented as part of MIF17, New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes.. saw the legendary Manchester band take over the city’s iconic Old Granada Studios, where Joy Division made their 1978 television debut on Tony Wilson’s So It Goes programme, for a very special series of intimate performances created in collaboration with visual artist Liam Gillick.

The MIF world premiere saw New Order deconstructing, rethinking and rebuilding a wealth of material from across their career, with Liam Gillick transforming the historic space at Old Granada Studios into an immersive environment, creating a stage set that responded dynamically to the music.

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The band were joined by a 12-strong synthesiser ensemble from the Royal Northern College of Music, put together especially for the shows, with Mancunian composer Joe Duddell conducting and providing the orchestrations.

Winning universal acclaim from critics and audiences, New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes.. played for five unforgettable nights in July 2017.

This one-night-only revival of the original live stream from the event begins with a conversation between Manchester-based DJ and author Dave Haslam and artist Liam Gillick and then joins the performance for the second half of the show.

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Featuring tracks ranging from much-loved 1986 single Bizarre Love Triangle to 2015’s Plastic from New Order’s critically acclaimed Top 5 album Music Complete, the special online presentation is a rare chance to relive those magical five nights.

Also on the MIF LIVE weekly bill is a selection of artist talks from across the Festival archives, starting with Neneh Cherry in conversation with Manchester-based DJ and author Dave Haslam at 12.30pm on Thursday 16th April. Each week the schedule will be announced on the MIF website, Facebook and Twitter.

John McGrath, Artistic Director & CEO, Manchester International Festival says: “New Order are Manchester legends with a truly global influence and we’re thrilled to be returning to this fantastic show to kick off MIF LIVE.

“Over the coming weeks we’ll be giving people a peek into our archives, revisiting some of our much-loved Festival shows along with opportunities to hear some of the artists talking about their work, plus exciting new work from Manchester artists.

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“We’re grateful for the support of our artists, partners, co-commissioners and rights holders who have enabled MIF LIVE to happen as we find different ways to share and connect during these difficult times.”

MIF LIVE shows will be streamed via the Manchester International Festival YouTube channel. 


MIF Live: New Order + Liam Gillick: So It Goes…

Date: Friday 17th April
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Your gaff
Cost: FREE

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