We’ve been busy little bees and had some serious plans a-bubbling away over the winter slumber. We’re so excited to present our latest (and greatest?) party to date. Alongside our Baltic siblings over at 24 Kitchen Street, we’ve put together a whole day and night of celebrations for International Women’s Day, this very Thursday, March the 8th.
The underrepresentation of women in the music industry is finally starting to be examined by the press and the public, and we’re delighted to be part of the Liverpool effort pushing for change and progress. We’ve jammed a tonne of activities into the day, so we’ll give you a little low down here of what’s what and who’s who.
10am – 7pm
Melodic Distraction hosts an all-day broadcast of the finest of females, beaming straight outta our studio. Expect music, great patter, panel discussions and interviews with some veeeery exciting guests. Tune in the normal way, either through our website or through the Facebook Live stream.
Amtrak · 10am – 11am
Kicking off our day with an easy ambient bent, we’re joined by Amtrak for some soothing breakfast sounds. She’s been making waves with Cartier 4 Everyone crew for a couple of years now, blitzing together experimental electronic synths of the 70s with transcendental drone.
MRANG Choir · 11am – 12pm
MRANG are a Liverpool based charity for refugee and asylum-seeking women but did you know that they also host a community choir? We’re joined by some of the MRANG team who are sharing a few of their favourite songs, ranging from traditional Albanian folk all the way through to Sister Sledge. We’re also incredibly proud to present an exclusive recording of the MRANG Choir. All profits from this day and night event will be going towards MRANG and supporting the incredible work they do in Merseyside – but don’t just take it from us, check out what they have to say for themselves!
Grrrl Power Liverpool · 12pm – 1 pm
A female-led collective that addresses issues of inequality in the arts; Olivia, Michelle and Aoife take us on a whistle-stop tour of the last 12 months, drilling into the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day: #PressForChange. They’re taking on-air questions and live tweeting the discussion, so jump in and join us!
The Royal Standard Liverpool · 1pm – 2pm
The Baltic is bubbling up with so much creative energy, and the Royal Standard have been championing the arts scene since way back when in 2006. Led by artists, and with an amazing track record of supporting underrepresented groups, The Royal Standard has supported hundreds of creative projects whilst still maintaining its punkish and puckish ethos. Current residents Lucy Archer, Emma Curd, Linny Venables and Hannah Bitwoski join us to talk about their practices and take us on a quick spin of their favourite tracks.
Spoken Word · 2pm – 3pm
Beth Slinn, Lexia Tomlinson, Amina Atiq and Lyndsay Price join forces for an hour of pure fire. Respected poets in their own individual rights, they’re forming up for a quick four way formation tackling issues of gender, race, sexuality, shame and joy. Oh, and jam.
The Reverend Ellen · 3pm – 4pm
When she’s not busy attending to her duties as Canon up at our very own Anglican Cathedral, the Reverend Ellen loves to play music. Hosting her own regular show over at IWFM and raucous DJ sets in the Kazimier Garden, she’s bringing a crateful of the finest pop belters to get us warmed up for the evening.
Subcora · 4pm – 5pm
Subcora is a DJ on the rise! Newly arrived in Liverpool, she’s been quietly working away on impeccable sets of tribal house with heart. Playing sets at the European branches of Burning Man, we can’t wait to hear her Liverpool debut.
Tiz Smith · 5pm – 6pm
Having just boxed off sets opening for Alexander Nut, Tiz is a jazzer with a seriously deep record bag. Joining ranks with Anti Social Jazz Club, and regularly packing out the Merchant, she’s a formidable selector to keep a weather eye on.
SNO · 6pm – 7pm
Dimensions and Banana Hill resident, SNO has been on a meteoric rise ever since she played her first accidental 4-hour, all-vinyl set a few years back. She’s been recruited for Soundwave Festival, Africa Oyé and regularly holds down a slot with Manchester bods Reform Radio. Spinning pure sunshine, she’s bringing classic afrobeat and African disco to the Melodic airwaves.
5pm – 8pm
Get groovin’ before the party begins in earnest! Whether you’re a complete beginner or just finding your feet, this is a chance to come down, have a play, meet some fellow spinners and see what’s what.
We want to see even more female and female-identifying DJs blossoming on the Liverpool scene throughout 2018, so we’re kicking off our International Women’s Day celebrations at 24 Kitchen Street with an informal Open Decks Session with the incredible M T HALL and our very own Lupini, on hand to provide demos and answer questions.
This workshop has now SOLD OUT but we’re proud to announce that this is the first of many! Over the next year, Melodic Distraction will be launching a series of DJ and Production workshops to help foster the growing talent in Merseyside.
8pm – 9pm
We want more girl gangs and less alienation! We were staggered to hear about the number of people wanting to attend both our International Women’s Day Boogie and our Open Decks & DJ workshop for chicks events, but feeling a bit shy to come alone. And so; speed mating! Like speed dating, but for mates.
Come meet your future dancing partners in an accepting, easy-going space that’s something between a silly dating show, sleepover games, craft sessions and a bingo hall. Our 2 cosmic hosts have got treats (and sweets) in store and are bringing more good vibes than an Ann Summer’s warehouse.
The whole event is soundtracked by the delightful GIOVANNA BRIGUGLIO (SisBis), so worst comes to worst, come and listen to some seriously superb music and laugh at how daft the organisers look when we prance around like Bingo hall callers. 👍
9pm – 3am
We’re throwing an all-night dancin’ party. We’ve pulled in some of the finest lady selectors and performers of the North West to take the driving seat all night long.
LUNA brings her inimitable live-set, floating with trippy electro-pop and ethereal synth lines. Stealing Sheep bring a high octane DJ set with as much sparkle as their stage outfits (i.e, a lot of sparkle) They pack their sets with saccharine house, sweet disco jams and a tonne of hiphop.
Lupini, Melodic studio cat and eclectic selector, brings psychy disco and leftfield Japanese synth pop. Nina Kehagia dips and weaves from afro-tinged dancefloor fillers all the way through to a tickle of electro. Rising star, Breakwave brings acid- techno and breaks, whilst Tracey Wilder rounds the night off with the irrepressible Sonic Yootha style punch. What a tour!