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Joy Division’s Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris to celebrate Ian Curtis in special livestream


Next Monday marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis. To honour their former bandmate, Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris will be taking part in a charity livestream event presented by United We Stream.

Monday also marks the beginning of the UK’s Mental Health Awareness Week with United We Stream’s ‘Moving Through the Silence: Celebrating The Life and Legacy of Ian Curtis‘ which will take place at from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. GMT at the United We Stream website and Facebook page.

Billed as “a special evening of music, poetry and conversation,” the event will raise funds primarily for the Manchester Mind mental health charity, with 30% of the donations also going to the Nordoff Robbins music therapy centre and the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Charity.

Sumner and Morris will take part in an interview during the live stream, which will be hosted by the Manchester-based music festival Headstock and Dave Haslam.

Brandon Flowers is also set to take part and will discuss Joy Division’s influence on The Killers. Actress Maxine Peake and Curtis’ close friend Mark Reeder will also make appearances.

In addition to this, ‘Moving Through the Silence’ will also feature a number of performances largely from the North West including Elbow, Kodaline, LoneLady, The Lottery Winners, Manchester’s Jennifer Hardy, poet Oliver Lomax, and the Royal Northern College of Music’s Northern Session Choir.

More participants are set to be announced on Friday, May 15th.