Legendary post-punk festival Futurama returns after a 40-year absence, with Peter Hook & The Light confirmed as the first headline act.
During the late 70’s and early 80’s the Futurama festival was a hotbed for the latest up-and-coming post-punk acts. Throughout its original incarnation, the stage was graced by the likes of Joy Division, Echo & The Bunnymen, PiL, The Fall, The Smiths, Simple Minds and a then underground act by the name of U2.
Now, it’s back. With alumni Peter Hook confirmed to grace the stage, performing Joy Division’s legendary 1979 set in full.
Speaking on the festival, Hook reminices: “Futurama was one of the best festival experiences I ever had. John Keenan the promoter became a lifelong friend. He was one of the first legends. The gig was the first time I’d ever seen caravans used as dressing rooms indoors, but it had a great atmosphere. It really put Joy Division on the map and the groups on the bill were very well matched to the audience. There weren’t many indoor festivals prior to Futurama so it was quite ground-breaking for the genre in the north. Funnily enough it gets talked about a lot even now. John became a legend and, in many ways, so has the festival. Let’s hope we can capture that wonderful atmosphere again.”
Joining him will be a showcase of the latest post-punk acts, such: Warmduscher, The Blinders, The Lovely Eggs, Billy NoMates, Sink Ya Teeh and Courting.
The festival is set to take place between April 3rd and 4th acros Liverpool city center, with weekend tickets starting from £80. They are available to buy here.