New Order and Johnny Marr to play at Jodrell Bank in July

Knutsford Guardian: New Order New Order

MANCHESTER legends New Order and The Smiths' Johnny Marr are the latest artists to be booked for a summer of music at Jodrell Bank.

They will be among other artists performing for Live From Jodrell Bank's third 'transmission' on Sunday, July 7.

Formed from the remaining members of Joy Division after the death of Ian Curtis, New Order pioneered the electronic sound that helped pave the way for the dance/house music explosion at the end of the 80s.

They have released nine studio albums, the last of which ‘Lost Sirens’ was released in 2012.

New Order’s Stephen Morris said: “Playing at Jodrell Bank is going to be really exciting. I grew up not far from there, and I remember riding my bike over to it all the time when I was a little lad.

"I saw Flaming Lips play there and they was brilliant. Really special.

"We’re going to try to do something special too, but we’re not telling you what! I do plan to take my life-size Dalek and Cyberman up there for the weekend at the very least.

Unfortunately it’s likely that Gillian will have to spend the whole show blindfolded because she’s got a phobia of radio telescopes, so naturally she’s terrified of Jodrell Bank.

"We used to drive past it, and every time she’d need to duck under the dashboard when we got close.“ Johnny Marr formed The Smiths in 1982 when he was just 18 and they went onto become a hugely influential band.

Marr has since spent his time playing guitar in a succession of acts such as The Pretenders, The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse and The Cribs.

Johnny Marr and New Order’s Bernard Sumner formed Electronic at the end of the 80s, an alternative pop group and this is a rare opportunity to catch them sharing the same stage.

New Order has also hand-picked a selection of guests to perform before their headline set including Salford’s electro architects The Whip, ex Bad Lieutenant man Jake Evans and the experimental indie rock of Hot Vestry.

Other shows taking place in 2013 as part of the Live From Jodrell Bank series include Icelandic ambient rockers Sigur Rós and The Australian Pink Floyd Show who perform a celebration show to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of the seminal Pink Floyd album, The Dark Side Of The Moon.

Before the concerts, music fans can participate in a range of hands-on experiments and workshops on site at Jodrell Bank and in the Discovery Centre.

Tickets cost £39.50 and are available from Friday, March 8. Visit livefromjodrellbank.com/tickets

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