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Devoted to recreating the atmosphere of a live Joy Division gig, Transmission emulate the sound of one of the most inventive, evocative and influential groups of their era.  Joy Division were formed in the late 1970s and dissolved in 1980 after the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis.  The remaining members went on to form New Order and have achieved much critical and commercial success.  The influence of Joy Division, however, was far reaching.  They were considered the pioneering band of the post-punk movement of the late 1970s and early 1980s.  Forty four years on you can relive the dark, cavernous sound of Joy Division through Transmission - the UK's number one Joy Division tribute act. 

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"Just a note to say I saw the absolutely fantastic Transmission the Sound of Joy Division in Kendal on Friday night and they were nothing short of brilliant. If you get the chance to see them - don't think twice." (Apr 2024)

"I was at the Stamford gig last night, and want to thank the band for a great performance. It's so obvious you really care about the JD legacy - I think the whole audience picked up on the authenticity that you create. The range of songs chosen was brilliant, ranging from better known songs to semi-obscure material, and b-sides. I was lucky enough to see Joy Division three times, and so was maybe a bit wary of how this gig would compare. And as tribute bands aren't really my thing, it was a late decision to go, partly prompted by being able to take my teenage son who has independently developed an interest in the band. I'm very happy to say I would recommend anyone to see Transmission if Joy Divisions music means something to them - and I really hope to make another gig on the band's journey round the UK." (Feb 2023)

"I've seen over 3000 bands over the years and I'm a musician myself. Transmission are the best tribute I have ever seen and heard. I never saw Joy Division when they were current - I was too young. But I know every nuance of their music and Transmission capture it to perfection. The first time I saw them, I spent the first 20 minutes crying because it truly was like being there, seeing the one band I wish I could have, but never had the chance to - simply stunning !" (2022)

"I go to Sub 89, Reading regularly and have seen Sham 69, UK Subs and The Damned amongst others and can safely say Transmission's performance was as good as any I've seen. there." (June 2022)

"I saw Transmission the Sound of Joy Division at the Garage, Glasgow and can honestly say they were one of the best tribute bands I've seen. Actually one of the best bands I've ever seen!" (May 2022)


"Though I adore Martin Hannet's studio production, Joy Division live was first and foremost a pile driving rock band. This 'Gang of 4' capture the moment perfectly!"

​"It didn't feel like a tribute band at all. As close to the real thing as you could get."

​"They're so faithful to the actual songs it's unreal. Even ones like Atmosphere which you think wouldn't work well live, they have the crowd going wild for."

​"Unlike many tribute bands who make great efforts to look like clones of the band they cover, Transmission concentrate solely on the sound and musical ability of Joy Division and they pull it off perfectly."​

"Forget looking like a poor replica band - close your eyes at this gig and you would be forgiven for thinking you were at a Joy Division gig in 1980, the sound is so perfect."​

Traditionally, tribute bands tend to weave in a combination of musical ability, cosplay and a passing resemblance to members of the band they're emulating. In a lot of ways there's a cabaret element to tribute acts that's become an essential part of how they work. Transmission eschew all those trappings to simply deliver some impressive renditions of Joy Division classics, including 'She's Lost Control', 'Transmission' and 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'. A sturdy 'Shadowplay' also lurks in the set along with a few curveballs such as the raw 'No Love Lost'. 

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