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Date: Thursday 17 May 1979

Venue: Acklam Hall London (Kensington) (UK)



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

Concert organization: Final Solution

Audience: about 100 people

Opening acts: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark | A Certain Ratio | John Dowie



Factory Records contacted Final Solution to set up Joy Division's next London date, and Rob Gretton even had 100 or so special badges made up by Better Badges London which read "Joy Division At The Aklam" (sic). Unfortunately, despite advertisements in the rock press and handbills passed out at record shops, only about a hundred people (many of them rock journalists) turned out for this "Factory Night". Joy Division had been well-received in the small club atmosphere of the Hope and Anchor [Wednesday 27 December 1978 and Thursday 1 March 1979] and Marquee [Sunday 4 March 1979], but they were still not well enough known to hope to fill a hall the size of the Acklam as headliner, especially with the support of other Factory bands even more obscure than they were
(Source: Mark Johnson An Ideal for living)