February: the worst month of the year. It’s cold, summer seems a mile away and every film that comes out is Valentine’s Day themed. That being said, it’s hard to get too down-heartened when Liverpool comes correct with such a great run of festivals, concerts, parties and movie nights to help kick those winter blues to the curb.
From an internationally-acclaimed jazz festival to the afro-futuristic sounds of Auntie Flo, Liverpool has something for everyone this February!
Parr Jazz, Frederiks (Every Tuesday)
Jazz sessions at Frederiks are becoming a bit of an indulgence for us here at Melodic Distraction. A Tuesday night session based around jazz standards with room for members of the public to come along and join in, we have seen everything from djembe drummers to jazz trumpeters join in the jam with the wonderful collection of in-house musicians at Frederiks.
As always, it is free entry but we do recommend getting down early for this one if you want to find yourself a seat, this one gets very busy.
Entry is free!
Constellations Live Music Thursdays w/ Louis Jayy and The Soul Collective (Thursday 2nd Feb)
Citing his influences as D’Angelo, Omar, Jose James and Badbadnotgood, Louis Jayy’s music is certainly backed-up by a rich appreciation for the soulful sounds of some legendary artists. Hailing for Leeds, the poet, hip-hop vocalist and musician has found a new home for himself here in Liverpool.
Backed up by a band of seven incredibly talented musicians and singers, Louis stole the show down at 24 Kitchen Street last April with his debut headline show. Catch him in the Constellations bar for an intimate session of beats, rhymes and life.
Entry will be free on the door!
More information coming shortly!
Echoes : Dimensions, Abandon Silence – Invisible Wind Factory (Friday 3rd February)
Starting off their run of parties in 2017, Abandon Silence return to Invisible Wind Factory in a special collaboration with Dimensions Festival, bringing a little bit of the Croatian sun to Merseyside.
In what promises to be another memorable night, “under the lights”, Abandon Silence are joined by Detroit native, DJ Bone who will be celebrating the release of his new album with a special house & disco set. Released on the day that he joins us in Liverpool, Bone’s new album, It’s Good to be Differ-Ent, is set to move away from his usual production as he embraces his Differ-Ent moniker. Joining DJ Bone, Abandon Silence will host NTS regular Jon Rust, providing us with a far from boring introduction to the night as he digs into his record bag alongside Dimensions Soundsystem and Andrew Hill.
After the huge news regarding the Baltic Weekender, a collaboration with 24 Kitchen Street, 2017 is set to be a huge year for Abandon Silence. Stay close as we’re expecting serious news regarding their upcoming parties, as well as a number of festival announcements, including a certain festival on the Adriatic Coast…
For the time being, there are only a handful of £10 tickets left on Resident Advisor before they drop into the final 100. This is looking like another potential sell-out in the huge 1,300 capacity venue.
Hustle & Boogaloo with San Proper – 24 Kitchen Street (Saturday 11th February)
From Surinamese funk reissues to avant-garde house releases, Rush Hour records are hot, hot property right now. Headed up by the big don at the top, Antal, the Dutch label boasts a roster of acclaimed DJs, San Proper included, and legendary far-eastern producers.
Growing up in Amsterdam, and playing for a number of local bands, San Proper has cut his teeth on stage since a very early age. It is perhaps for this reason that he always radiates such confidence from behind the decks. Spinning anything he can get his hands on, dancers can often expect to be taken on a journey that touches on anything from acid-house to afrobeat.
With disco-dons Hustle linking up once again with Boogaloo, this one is a sure shot down at 24 Kitchen Street for any fans of a nice bit of Saturday night hedonism.
5 Years Of Madnice w/ The Abstract Orchestra does DILLA & Ge-ology at 24 Kitchen Street (Saturday 18th February)
A celebration of the life and work of James Yancey, AKA J Dilla, seems appropriate for Madnice Marauders’ 5th birthday celebrations. Kicking things off half a decade ago in similar fashion, with a celebration all things Jay Dee, Madnice is about as hip hop and as soulful as it gets in Liverpool.
Inviting the 16-piece Abstract Orchestra down to 24 Kitchen Street, and with Ge-ology spinning tunes ’til late, this one will see legends celebrating legends. As Madnice and collaborators, Bam! Bam! Bam! have said, “There isn’t a veteran in the hip hop game who doesn’t cite Dilla as an integral part of their musical journey.”
Early Birdies and Standard Release have already gone for this one, and with the party expected to go late into the night, you’re going to want to cop a ticket, fast!
Out to Mumptown on the artwork, you can read our interview with him – here!
Tuff Love Soul Club – Buyers Club (Saturday 18th February)
Party people, music-lovers, connoisseurs… This one’s for you! 3 legends of the game, doing their thing, live & direct upstairs at the Buyers Club.
With John Manship bringing his vast collection of motown and northern soul, you’re sure to get an education as he will be in full effect, dropping knowledge and good vibes. Alongside him, Tuff Love is joined by Pete Bleasdale, previously known to spin records in Liverpool as Pete King. To top off a real party, Pat Bleasdale will also be dropping off the hottest box of records to get that dance in motion.
Tuff Love Soul Club are a group born out of love for the music that gets under your skin like no other. Previously holding it down in the bar at Buyers Club, you can catch Flanny, Ryan Wilson and Liam Flanders dig deep into their boxes of 45’s in the club upstairs. Using an unrivalled party space with a boss soundsystem, the Tuff Love Soul Club promises to be a memorable night of top music and good times.
You can get your name on the list for £5 over Paypal. If not, then send an email through to firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be £6 OTD.
Tangerine Wednesdays with TBA – Constellations (Wednesday 22nd February)
Tangerine Wednesdays is Liverpool’s newest boutique film night, celebrating music through film. Each month the Tangerine team will take on a new musical theme, screening a documentary and feature film renowned for its contribution to the genre. This month they focus on rave and party culture with two cult classics that will be announced shortly.
There is no doubt that this is your new place to tuck into some popcorn, crack a beer and kick back to some handpicked cinema classics. Each screening will be limited to just 60 people, so grab your ticket FAST or grab yourself a Tangerine Wednesdays card entitling you to 2-4-1 and free popcorn. Not bad, eh?
Liverpool Disco Festival Presents: Flashback with Louie Vega (Friday 24th Feb)
To celebrate the release of their line up for Liverpool Disco Festival 2017 – 30 yrs of Southport Weekender including the likes D-Train, Red Greg, Rahaan, Joey Negro, Mr Scruff and Danny Krivit, LDF have invited the main man, the maestro, Louie Vega to Constellations for their 2nd year launch party.
For this outing, Louie Vega will be bringing his infamous Flashback party to the UK for the first time ever. Strap in as the man himself takes everyone on a trip with the best in disco, soulful late 80’s and 90’s House classics, boogie, Latin & afrobeat classics. To make this event even more special, the Constellations garden will hold host to the unveiling of a brand new mural by Richard Wilson. This art piece entitled “The Queen of the Night: Loleatta Holloway” celebrates the release of her latest release on Vega Records in March. This party is certainly one you don’t want to miss…
Down to Funk with Auntie Flo, Cain & Residents – Meraki (Saturday 25th Feb)
Now housed down at their new home, Meraki, the Down to Funk gang are bringing in fresh some highlife flavours by way of Auntie Flo and Cain to help celebrate the opening of their new digs. Scottish by birth but heavily influenced by the sights and sounds of West African culture, the Huntleys & Palmers pair have both championed the emerging ‘Afro-futurist’ sound that has found itself in the record bags of some of the best.
With their venue still in its very first run of shows; this party will serve as Daniel, Jack and Karis’ first in-house party. As with every DTF party, expect outlandish decorations, a killer soundsystem and some of the best dancers in the city.
Liverpool International Jazz Festival – The Capstone Theatre (Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th February)
Established in 2013, the Liverpool International Jazz Festival will be celebrating its fifth birthday this year. With international headliners, local bands and musician-led workshops, the festival seems to be taking its half-decade celebrations very seriously!
The festival will open on Thursday 23rd with a set from MOBO award winners, Sons of Kermit. Some of the UK’s brightest stars, the band is fronted by saxophonist, clarinettist, composer and ‘BBC New Generation Artist’, Shabaka Hutchings. Also billed are Manchester-based quartet, Mammal Hands. Signed to Matthew Halsall’s Gondwana Records, Mammal Hands have carved out a growing following both in the UK and abroad for their hypnotic fusion of jazz, folk and electronica, appealing to fans from Bonobo and Gilles Peterson to Jamie Cullum.
Rothmans’ Residency – Buyers Club (Every Friday)
To base the concept of your record label around retired, legendary footballers is bold to say the least, but Ant Rothmans’ admiration for the greats runs deep. The label’s latest release, The Johan Cruyff EP by Dawn Again brought together some of the silkiest sounds we heard throughout all of 2016, all in tribute to the late, great footballer.
Catch label head-honcho, Ant down in the Buyers Club bar every Friday this month for selections spanning from the African continent to the deepest depths of South America! Entry will be free and the schooners will be plentiful, so get yourself down early to bag yourself a seat.
And finally, a new feature to the monthly guide…
// COMPETITION //
We’re excited to bring some of the amazing events going on in our city this month together and offer one lucky winner the chance to have their month’s party plans totally on us. Like and share and you could be in with a chance of winning:
1x Bottle of wine at any Tuesday Jazz Session down at Frederiks
2x Echoes : Dimensions Tickets
2x Tangerine Wednesdays Tickets
2x Hustle x Boogaloo w/ San Proper (Rush Hour) + Kamma & Masalo Tickets
2x Down To Funk w// Auntie Flo Cain Pooky Alex Large Flossy Tickets
Just like and share this article’s post on Facebook and we will announce the winner on January 31st…