Shortly after the new year, New Order were announced. T-shirts and programmes were designed and printed plus two of the guitars signed by the bands were signed by Noel Gallagher and Liam Gallagher as they could not make the event.
A world first took place at the concert, where the audience could donate towards the charity by texting a code shown on the big arena screen between bands to download Mick’s backstage photos seconds after they were taken.
History was made during the first year when Johnny Marr took to the stage with Rourke for the first time in nineteen years with an acclaimed version of The Smiths' classic "How Soon Is Now?" Marr opened with The Smiths' "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out," much to the surprise and delight of the audience. Both Smiths classics featured Marr on vocals for the performance. Rourke dedicated "How Soon Is Now?" to Nina.
New Order's performance was purely a Joy Division set and included the song "Twenty Four Hours," claiming its first live outing since the death of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis. It was their last televised performance before their split in July 2007.
Notable collaborations included Doves performing "There Goes The Fear" with Marr and Guy Garvey from Elbow. Doves also played R Dean Taylor's "There's a Ghost In My House" and "Vicious" by Lou Reed, sung by Bernard Sumner with Marr on guitar.
Badly Drawn Boy began "Silent Sigh" with a verse and chorus of Madonna's "Like a Virgin" and later appeared a second time to perform with Doves.
808 State appeared with MC Tunes to perform "The Only Rhyme That Bites".
The finale delivered the most unusual collection of Manchester legends ever performing together on one stage. A rendition of the Happy Mondays anthem "Wrote For Luck" was performed by Shaun Ryder, Bez, Doves, Bernard Summer, Peter Hook, Marr, Joel Perry, Rourke, Wags and Badly Drawn Boy.
Domino Bones, 808 State, Elbow, Stephen Fretwell, Nine Black Alps, Badly Drawn Boy, Johnny Marr and The Healers, Doves, New Order (as Joy Division), Finale
DJs Mani, Graeme Park, Utah Saints, DJ Tintin
New Order Setlist: Transmission, She's Lost Control, Shadowplay, Atmosphere, Twenty Four Hours, Warsaw, Love Will Tear Us Apart, Ceremony