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Date: Friday 14 April 1978

Venue: Rafters Manchester (UK)



Line-up: Ian Curtis | Peter Hook | Stephen Morris | Bernard Sumner

Concert organization: Stiff | Chiswick

Other bands: The Negatives | V.2 | ...

'Battle of the bands' contest, organized by two London record labels

Joy Division were the third band mentioned on the bill, but were the last to appear on stage because the playing order was determined by names being drawn out of a hat



When it became apparent that there would only be time for one more band to play, there was a ferocious argument between Joy Division and the Negatives, who included Richard Boon, Paul Morley and Kevin Cummins. Joy Division were justifiably indignant at the thought of missing their big chance because of what they considered to be a joke band and a scuffle broke out. However, Joy Division got their way. At around 2.10 a.m. they took the stage and played three numbers before the plugs were pulled
(Source: Deborah Curtis Touching from a distance)