#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 

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:  www.thewitchwood.net.

Mancsgiving Charity day in aid of the Manchester bombing fund at the Carlton Club, Whalley Range on Sunday 4th June.

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:  www.wegottickets.com.

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, Whalley Range, Bury 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.