Manchester legends New Order make Ibiza return for first time in 20 years

By Dean Wilkins

Manchester legends New Order are heading to Ibiza to play their first island gig in over 20 years.

In September, the band who adopted the party-land’s Balearic sound will join Kasabian, Tinie Tempah and Ed Sheeran during Ibiza Rocks Festival.

Blue Monday, the band’s 1983 hit, remains the biggest-selling 12-inch single of all time and their number one album Technique was partly recorded on the island from heavy influence of house music and acid house.

Singer Bernard Sumner said: “The last time New Order were in Ibiza was the second summer of love. We were there to record an album and didn’t really know what we were walking into.

“By the time we left a few months later New Order, the Happy Mondays and the Hacienda had collided and fused with the Balearics and Ibiza’s superclubs. Manchester had become Madchester and dance music had made a quantum leap.

“Although we didn’t spend much time in the studio, we left with the basis of our album Technique.

“New Order and Ibiza are forever entwined. There’s no going back so instead we look forward – to playing our first-ever concert on the island at Ibiza Rocks.”

New Order formed in 1980 from the remains of post-punk rockers Joy Division, after lead singer Ian Curtis committed suicide and became one of British music’s most influential acts.

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