This show was all about the influence of the 80's, with the time machine steered through the decades by support act, Jez Kerr and The Family Bizarre. The aftermath of A Certain Ratio, also signed to Factory Records, the legendary frontman's new project continues to be awash in nostalgia, with undertones of the punk funk of his youth.
Said to have influenced hipster kings LCD Soundsystem and The Rapture, similar to New Order, the band intertwine euphoria and misery, an unnerving element to their nonchalant performance, though it's difficult to worry when you find yourself dancing along involuntarily.
Mixing a female vocal with laidback beats, vocoder and hypnotic synths, Jez Kerr and The Family Bizarre pave the understated leap back in time perfectly for the New Order hungry crowd.
After reforming last year, the original line-up of the highly influential band filtered onto the stage, lacing the atmosphere in a brooding sense of expectancy with Elegia. The track is stated as a tribute to the late Ian Curtis, a nod to Joy Division from which this band evolved, both beginning and ending the show, though journey between was far from gloomy.
With a sold-out crowd wedged into Glasgow's O2 Academy, the persistent hi-hat scurry that forms much of the band's drive, led into Crystal from newer work in 2001. With interesting visuals dominating on a screen behind the band, a younger band mime to the track, a reminder at the relevance of New Order's work today, unlike many other bands of that era, they sound far from unfashionably dated.
From the front of house their intense-electronica with post punk flourishes forms expansive waves of sound, the wash of synths and bass, consuming the a crowd that look like they've been waiting on their big night for a while. Frontman, Bernard Sumner is far from pleased with the sound though, using his first interaction with his fans to complain of terrible feedback and onstage technical problems.
Diverting into Obsession, with the remainder of the band only looking onto his moans, the war continues between the band and their former bassist, Peter Hook, with matters worsening since the announcement of this tour. With Tom Chapman taking up bass duties, the crowd tonight don't appear to have any problems with his filling of big boots, though that could be due to Sumner announcing Chapman as a fellow Scot.
With laser lights in tact and ongoing sound issues from the stage, the band continue into melodica led, Love Vigilantes, the crowd getting more energetic alongside the rapidly increasing temperature which by this point exceeded old folk's home status, and was more in the region of tropical.
Aside from Sumner's well documented and superior quality Dad dancing, there was little movement in New order, their onstage persona and funeral shades maintaining the sense of impending doom, as the undulating electronica soared to provide legal highs.
Keeping the charisma to the music, Bizarre Love Triangle with it's mix of electronic and acoustic drums took the already elated crowd to new levels that would only build into the best selling 12" of all time, Blue Monday. With Dad dancing now reaching epidemic levels in the crowd, the upbeat end to the focused set leaned further back in time for a salute to Joy Division from which this band was built.
Another band awash in ecstatic misery, the pioneers of dance rock electronica know how to soundtrack a party, even if they're not very good at dancing to it. They should have no problem showing the young pups all the old dog's new tricks at festivals this summer.