Shake Some Action! - The Distractions Live in Manchester

2 August 2017

We are delighted to announce that The Distractions Live will be supporting the legendary Flamin' Groovies at the Ruby Lounge in Manchester. Tickets for this unmissable show, on Tuesday 19th September 2017 from 19:30, are available via the link at the Ruby Lounge website.

The Distractions have featured on a couple of compilations named after the Flamin' Groovies classic album, 'Shake Some Action'. On the original Shake Some Action Volume 1, 'It Doesn't Bother Me' featured, while Volume 3 boasted 'Something For The Weekend'. Here's more history from the gig webpage:

“One of the great lost bands of the New Wave era” (Blurt magazine, USA)

The Distractions in the late '70s and early '80s were very well known on the post-punk music scene. They released records on the TJM, Factory, Island and Rough Trade labels to excellent reviews, as well as sharing bills with Joy Division, The Buzzcocks, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Fall, The Members, Squeeze and many others.

They played all corners of the UK, Ireland as well as doing gigs in New York before splitting up. The present group has two of the original members: Mike Finney on vocals and Alex on drums as well as ex-members of The Things and The Blue Orchids, all steeped in the Manchester music tradition. The Distractions (Live) have been gigging regularly since the start of the year and are building up a new generation of fans who appreciate classic songs and storming live sets!

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9 July 2017

After yesterday's #MancsGiving festival in Whalley Range (more photos and videos of that later), here's confirmation of the next festival appearance by The Distractions Live. While they never got round to performing in a farmer's field in Somerset, the next best thing is surely Bury's Glaston-BURY festival on August Bank Holiday Monday (28th). This huge festival is also in a great cause - Bury Hospice, the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and other local charities. Just £7 in gets you 130 acts over 13 stages. Further details soon.

Spinning Top, Stockport gig

24 June 2017

Here's another Distractions Live date for your diaries. On Saturday 29th July The Distractions and support will be playing at The Spinning Top, 20 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK4 1AA. 

This is a cracking venue on the main A6 through the town and is just a few minutes walk from Stockport train and bus stations. They offer a decent selection of ale and some of Stockport's finest pubs are just down up the road and around the corner.

Tickets are priced just £5 in advance from venue, or £6 on the door on the night.

Manchester punk/new wave legends who first influenced bands like The Buzzcocks before adapting to ‘power pop’ with the release of their first album in 1980. An original Factory Records band before signing with Island Records. Shared stages with Buzzcocks, Magazine & Joy Division.

Manchester North of England - Maybe It's Love

23 June 2017

Next month sees the release of Manchester North of England: A Story Of Independent Music Greater Manchester 1977-1993 on Cherry Red. Naturally, The Distractions feature, with a first ever CD release of Maybe It's Love, from the TJM2 debut EP, 'You're Not Going Out Dressed Like That'. Lucky for some, it's track 13 on the first disc, 'Cranked Up Really High', and at least half of the bands and artists on there are linked to The Distractions. Friend of the band, Mr Antony H Wilson, and Factory colleagues adorn disc 2. Meanwhile sleeve notes come from that big Distractions fan, Mick Middles, and Mark Radcliffe who also speaks well of the band on the radio.

Keep an eye on the release on Facebook, at Cherry Red, and buy from the usual physical and online outlets. Around £40 for 146 tracks on 7 discs seems decent value. Maybe It's Love will also be making several appearances on 'Age+Geography', the slightly-delayed but worth-the-wait Distractions bookset, on HiddenMasters. In fact, HM have just announced ordering for their latest release, Chris Wood's 'Moon Child Vulcan', at Pledge Music, which means 'Age+Geography' is next! Of course, you can hear Maybe It's Love for yourself at one of the many Distractions Live gigs...

Released 28 July 2017.

From Buzzcocks to Britpop, Manchester North Of England is the ultimate tribute to the independent output of that most important and iconic of musical cities, with 146 tracks across seven CDs in a deluxe box set.

Compiled by the team behind other Cherry Red box sets (Scared To Get Happy, Still In A Dream, Millions Like Us, Action Time Vision, etc.), this tells the story of how indie music exploded in Manchester after the rush of Punk and the seminal release of the Buzzcocks’ Spiral Scratch EP.

From Buzzcocks to Britpop, Manchester North Of England is the ultimate tribute to the independent output of that most important and iconic of musical cities, with 146 tracks across seven CDs in a deluxe box set.

Compiled by the team behind other Cherry Red box sets (Scared To Get Happy, Still In A Dream, Millions Like Us, Action Time Vision, etc.), this tells the story of how indie music exploded in Manchester after the rush of Punk and the seminal release of the Buzzcocks’ Spiral Scratch EP.

With exhaustive sleeve-notes by the city’s leading music journalist of the era, Mick Middles, and a foreword by Mark Radcliffe, Manchester North Of England includes many of the key bands from the late 70s to the early 90s – Joy Division, The Fall, New Order, James, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses, Morrissey, John Cooper Clarke, 808 State, A Certain Ratio, Durutti Column, The Charlatans and last but not least, Oasis.

Although the scene was dominated by blokes with guitars, which is reflected here, Manchester North Of England also doffs its cap to reggae, soul, singer-songwriters, hip-hop, avant garde, techno/industrial and dance music.

Inspired by Bop Cassettes’ 1988 compilation (name + cover image), the box set is being presented in conjunction with MDMA (Manchester District Music Archive).

Many of the tracks appear on CD for the first time, from the Punk explosion through Factory Records, post-punk, the jangly C86 period, Madchester, Indie-Dance and the early 90s transition into what would become Britpop.


1. BREAKDOWN (Demo) – Buzzcocks
2. CRANKED UP REALLY HIGH – Slaughter And The Dogs
3. AIN’T BIN TO NO MUSIC SCHOOL – The Nosebleeds
4. JUST WANT TO BE MYSELF (LP Version) – The Drones
5. PSYCLE SLUTS Pts. 1 & 2 – John Cooper Clarke
6. GOING STEADY – Jilted John
7. LOUIE LOUIE (Edit) – John The Postman
10. THE KILL – Spherical Objects
11. UP AND ABOUT – Steve Miro
13. MAYBE IT’S LOVE – The Distractions
14. STAY AWAKE – Grow-Up
15. VOICE IN THE DARK – Frantic Elevators
16. SHE’S LOST CONTROL – Joy Division
17. BAISER – Chris Sievey
18. TO YOU – The Smirks
19. MANCHESTER BOYS – Salford Jets
20. SNAP IT AROUND – 48 Chairs
21. DOWNPOUR – Foreign Press
22. WARREN ROW – She Cracked
24. DEM A SUS (IN THE MOSS) – Harlem Spirit

See the rest of the tracklists at Cherry Red...

#MancsGiving gig - Sat 8th July, Whalley Range

17 June 2017

We're pleased to confirm that the free #MancsGiving charity day at the Carlton Club in Whalley Range has indeed been rescheduled. It will now take place on Saturday 8th July from 13:00-23:00.

The Distractions Live should be on stage at 19:15. If you've not been to the Carlton Club before, it's a cracking old venue, run by locals, with large indoor and outdoor spaces. Cash bar and food will be available, and of course any further generosity for such a worthy cause will be welcomed. See you there...

Nothing Lasts

12 June 2017

...Except it does when it comes to The Distractions. It's now 40 years since the first gigs played by Mike, Steve, Alex, Pip and Adrian, at those legendary lost Manchester music venues, the Electric Circus, Rafters, and The Ranch. 

Mike and Alex are still at it, with the new Distractions Live band, and again they were on top form at the recent gig at The Witchwood in Ashton-under-Lyne. An undoubted highlight was a terrific version of the lost track 'Nothing Lasts', Adrian's classic slow-burner that has recently been re-recorded and released on the 10" mini-album, The Distractions Go Dark, on Occultation Recordings.

As Steve explains: "Adrian Wright wrote this song in the final days of the first Distractions line-up and the band split before there was chance to record it. Our friend David Quantick reminded us of its existence and it seemed too good not to revise. It would have made a good 'b' side to Time Goes By So Slow."

Catch The Distractions Live soon, at the MancsGiving charity gig day now rearranged for Saturday 8th July, and at Glaston-BURY Festival in Bury on August Bank Holiday Monday. Rumour has it, that the band have been rehearing even more classics from the back catalogue, which have yet to be played live this year...

MancsGiving event postponed

2 June 2017

Friday 2nd June, 5pm.

Due to circumstances beyond our control , we have just been requested by the council to postpone our #MANCSGIVING event this Sunday, 4th June.

This will be rescheduled shortly and the date will be announced within days


The team


Carlton Club, Whalley Range, Sunday 4th June

28 May 2017

MancsGiving is a charity event in aid of the victims of the tragic events of the 22nd May at the Manchester Area. 

MancsGiving is from 2pm to 11pm and is being held at the Carlton Club in Whalley Range, Manchester on Sunday 4th June.  

The Distractions have just been added to the line-up and possibly with Dr John Cooper Clarke who is on the awaiting confirmation list. It's expected that The Distractions will be on at around 7.15pm.

"After the tragic few days, the Carlton Club wishes to do something to return some love into the people of Manchester. We open our doors and our hearts to our community with MancsGiving. We urge you to come down and celebrate the Mancunian spirit. Artists and helpers near and far have donated their time to this cause and we humbly thank them."


Stella - Intastella
Dust Junky Collective feat Mc Tunes and Vince Vega
Ruff Trade 
The Brakes
Rubber Duck Orchestra
Vieka Plays
The Exceptional Remarkables
Extra Love
Tim Wright
Thin Men
Ash Mouintain
The Distractions - expected 7.15pm 
Artful Artur and Will from NOD
Kit B
Open Community Voice Choir

Awaiting confirmation

Ken from the Step
Peter G
Fiddle Steve
John Cooper Clarke
Wyatt and the Amigos
Tuesday Tony 
Melanie Williams - Sub Sub
Paul Gleave

+ Special Guests

"Acoustic or lightly amplified music outside and inside amplified music to your heart's content. The Buckateers will be at the club so please give to our lovely Buckateers."


The Carlton Club
Rowan Lodge
113 Carlton Road
Whalley Range
Manchester M16 8BE