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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Second Salford Show


We've been somewhat taken aback by demand for tickets for The End Of The Pier Show announced at the Kings Arms in Salford, (Greater) Manchester, for 31st August 2012.  So we've now added a second night, which will be the following evening, Saturday 1st September at the same venue.
Tickets are priced at £12 in advance/£15 on the door (if there are any tickets left) for each night but we're offering a special price for anyone who wants to come both nights, £20 for tickets for both Friday and Saturday.  Those of you who have already booked tickets for the Friday should have received an e-mail with a special code allowing you to book a ticket for the Saturday at the reduced price as we really appreciate your loyalty.

Tickets for the Saturday and for both nights together are on sale now from Ticket Web.  But if you're planning to come we'd strongly advise you to book your tickets in advance, the Kings Arms is a fairly small, intimate venue and this really is an unmissable bill: it'll feature what's realistically likely to be your only chance to see The Distractions, with the line-up that made the new album (Messrs Finney and Perrin, plus Nick Halliwell and Arash Torabi from The Granite Shore and Mike Kellie of the Only Ones, Spooky Tooth, etc.), but also Factory Star and The June Brides.

Friday, June 8, 2012

The Distractions are back

We are delighted to announce that the official release date of the long, long-awaited second Distractions album, The End Of The Pier, will be 21st August 2012.  Thirty two years, three months and a few days after 1980's Nobody's Perfect on Island Records, Occultation will be releasing the follow up on 180 g vinyl, CD and digital download.  Just days later, The Distractions will take to the stage, supported by label mates Factory Star and The June Brides, over two special evenings at the Kings Arms, Salford, on Friday 31st August and Saturday 1st September. 

Steve Perrin:  "Being geographically challenged as we are means The Distractions is more occasional than full time; then again, long-awaited could also adjectivally apply to this album – Dexys look like they've rushed their new record, it's only 26 years since their last."

Mike Finney:  "I rather like the idea of a world tour but it'd interfere with watching my son's football practice. Besides taking time off work is a bit tricky, so we've had to forego six weeks traversing North America in a bus and settle for two shows in Salford."

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