Forthcoming Distractions Live gigs

14 April 2017

After the storming Distractions Live sets at Dulcimer and Gullivers in Manchester, we have more gigs around the North West coming up. The Distractions Live are playing further afield in Greater Manchester - The Witchwood in Ashton-under-Lyne in May and Glaston-BURY in August. Then we're heading over to The Continental in Preston later in the year. Of course we're aiming to add more gigs, so watch this space!

Buy tickets for The Witchwood, Ashton-under-Lyne, gig on Saturday 27th May here:

Details of the Glaston-BURY Festival in Bury (also featuring The Drones), on August Bank Holiday Monday 28th August, will be revealed soon.

Buy tickets for The Continental, Preston gig on Friday 10th November, with The Penetration, here:

Gullivers review

24 March 2017

The Distractions Live played their latest gig at Gullivers on Oldham Street in central Manchester (or the Northern Quarter to use modern parlance). Nicely supported by Salford duo, Factory Acts, and their dark electronic ambience, The Distractions Live went down a storm, as the Manchester rain beat down outside.

Jonny Poole (left) and Mike Finney.

The set list was the same as at Dulcimer a few weeks earlier - the whole of the 'You're Not Going Out Dressed Like That' EP (TJM) was played, plus most of the classic Island Records LP 'Nobody's Perfect'. A Distractions gig wouldn't be the same without the Factory Records single 'Time Goes By So Slow', and to finish off, a spectacular version of the Velvet Underground's 'Sweet Jane'. Future gigs will see some more of The Distractions' original repertoire dusted off.

Alex Sidebottom.

Set list:

1. Maybe It's Love
2. Too Young
3. Nothing
4. Louise
5. Leave You To Dream
6. Boys Cry
7. Looking For A Ghost
8. Still It Doesn't Ring
9. Something For The Weekend
10. Waiting For Lorraine
11. (Untitled)
12. Stuck In A Fantasy
13. It Doesn't Bother Me
14. Time Goes By So Slow
15. Valerie
16. Sweet Jane

Chris Dutton (guitar).

Among many highlights was an extraordinary and moving rendition of 'Looking For A Ghost' - this remarkable track has rarely been played live - ever - and this version must be heard to be believed! There were some terrific solos from Jonny, and perfect harmonies from both him and bassist Joe. The band, led by original drummer Alex and with Chris on rhythm guitar, were incredibly tight and energetic. The many rehearsals paid off! And last but never least, Mike has simply never sounded as good as he does today - both in this Live band and on the new Distractions albums. 

Joe Brehony (bass).

There are more Distractions gigs coming up in Ashton-under-Lyne and Preston, and the plan is to do many more. Watch this space. The superb photos shown here are courtesy of Susan Ni Sheaghdha of Factory Acts (see their Bandcamp, SoundcloudFacebook and Twitter pages for details of their new releases).

Gullivers gig

9 March 2017

The Distractions Live at Gullivers! Buy tickets here for the 17th March gig.
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 Manchester 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 and Ireland as well as doing gigs in New York before splitting up.

David Hepworth described their debut album, “Nobody’s Perfect” as, “An enchanting and vaguely disturbing collection of vulnerable pop”.

In 2015 two of the original members, vocalist Mike Finney and drummer Alex, got together with some friends after being asked to play at  a memorial gig for  Manchester punk legend John the Postman. It went down so well they decided to continue as a live act playing their singles as well as songs from the album “Nobody’s Perfect”.

The new line-up continues the Distractions tradition of storming live sets!

“The Distractions use the past rather than get eaten by it”
David Quantick

Introducing... Joe Brehony

Original Distractions, Mike Finney and Alex Sidebottom, are also joined in The Distractions Live, by...

Joe Brehony, bass

Joe Brehony is a long-time friend and associate of The Distractions from the very early days. He played bass with The Things in the early 1980s with John Maher from the Buzzcocks. The Things released a very well received single 'Pieces Of You' which regularly features in the best of Manchester music compilations. The Things are still gigging and have recently released two fantastic EPs. Joe first played with The Distractions Live at Jon the Postman's memorial gig in October 2015. This saw The Things open for "Mike Finney & Alex Sidebottom from The Distractions" at the Tiger Lounge in central Manchester.

Introducing... Chris Dutton

Original Distractions, Mike Finney and Alex Sidebottom, are also joined in The Distractions Live, by...

Chris Duttonguitar  

Chris is best known for his time as bass player in both Factory Star and Blue Orchids, and as guitarist in Kill Pretty. He played guitar from a very early age before swapping to bass at the age of 11. His path first crossed with The Distractions in August 2012 when both Factory Star and The Distractions played two sell-out gigs at the Kings Arms, Salford, together alongside the June Brides. In 2015 Chris was asked to play bass with Mike Finney and Alex Sidebottom of The Distractions for a memorial gig for the legendary Jon the Postman. Since then Chris has swapped over to play guitar in The Distractions Live!