Penetration plus The Distractions & more
Date Friday 10 November 2017
Time 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Location The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 8JP
Cost £14 advance
Penetration, The Distractions & more..
Witness the ultimate punk line-up at The Continental on Friday 10 November.
Formed in 1976, Penetration are a punk band from County Durham fronted by distinctive singer, Pauline Murray.
Originally formed in Ferryhill as The Points, they played their first gig at the Rock Garden pub in Middlesbrough, after which they renamed themselves after a 1973 song by Iggy & The Stooges. For their second gig they supported the Stranglers and have also supported The Vibrators, appeared on the same bill as Generation X and toured with the Buzzcocks. Most significantly, the band played at the legendary punk club, The Roxy, during its first 100 days.
1978 saw Penetration recording the first of two sessions for John Peel at BBC Radio 1. This was also the year their debut album, 'Moving Targets', was released, reaching number six in the 'Sound Critics' albums of the year' and number 13 in NME critics' chart. Their debut single 'Don't Dictate' is also now acknowledged as a classic punk rock single.
After touring Europe, the US and Britain in 1979, Penetration split but were re-formed in 2001 with several new members. They have since played Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool many times and released an acclaimed album of new material called 'Resolution'.
The current line-up of the band is:
- Pauline Murray
- Robert Blamire
- John Maher (ex-Buzzcocks drummer)
- Paul Harvey
- Steve Wallace
The Distractions were best known on the post-punk Manchester music scene in the late 70s/early 80s. Their records have been released on the TJM, Factory, Island and Rough Trade labels, receiving excellent reviews.
The band's gigs have taken them across the UK, Ireland and New York and seen them sharing bills with big names such as Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Fall and many more.
After the band split, vocalist Mike Finney and original drummer, Alex Sidebottom, got together to play at a memorial gig for Manchester punk legend, John the Postman. The gig went down so well they decided to continue as a live act. They now tour, playing their hit singles as well as songs from debut album “Nobody’s Perfect”, described by David Hepworth as “An enchanting and vaguely disturbing collection of vulnerable pop”.
The current Distractions line-up:
- Mike Finney - Vocals
- Alex Sidebottom - Drums
- Joe Brehony - Bass
- Chris Dutton - Guitar
- Jonny Poole - Guitar
Three Day Weekend
Three Day Weekend are a new melodic Indie-Pop band from Preston.
The current band line-up:
- Tom - Guitar & Vocals
- Liam - Bass & Vocals
- Rhys - Guitar & Vocals
- Will - Drums
Tickets are also available from The Continental bar (01772 499 425) and Action Records (01772 884 772).
The Continental, South Meadow Lane, PR1 8JP.
Contact the organiser
Telephone: 01772 499 425