From an all day festival hosted by the iconic, Greg Wilson, to Eglo Records’ Fatima opening the Constellations Garden for the summer season ahead, it’s all to play for in April. Check out our monthly guide below as we run you through the parties, bands and cultural events you really cannot miss out on over the next four weeks.
14 Hour Super Weird Happening – The Florrie (April 1st)
Following on from six previous Happenings, Greg Wilson’s label, Super Weird Substance are hosting their most intriguing event to date. Unfolding as an all-day festival, taking over the stunning Grade II listed Florrie, Wilson and Co. will be bringing us 14 hours of live music, DJs, exhibitions, live art, spoken word, panel discussions and performance. Historically fertile ground for countercultural expression, the event will explore some of the aspects that make up Liverpool’s creative underbelly.
While it will set you back a tenner, it is important to note that artists participating in the project uphold the event’s ‘community values’ by volunteering their time. This means that fees do not go to the artists but instead to helping sustain the historic Florrie building. Step out of your comfort zone and try something that is out of the ordinary…
The Liverpool Funk & Soul Club: The Hot 8 Brass Band – Invisible Wind Factory (April 7th)
It is not the first time in the past year that The Hot 8 Brass Band have graced the Liverpool scene. Just last May, the band play the Magnet to an almost sold out crowd. Appearing time and time again on Craig Charles’ BBC Radio 6 Funk and Soul Show, the 8-strong team are most well-known for their unforgettable cover of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Sexual Healing’ – A track that has received critical acclaim, ample radio time and has been a DJ tool for many in the underground scene, including the likes of Bonobo & Four Tet.
This time, The Hot 8 Brass Band hit up one of Liverpool’s most exciting venues, The Invisible Wind Factory. The Kazimier’s new(ish) North Shore project has played host to some of the biggest names to touch down in Liverpool this year including; Thundercat, just last week as part of his world tour, Seun Kuti’s Egypt 80, Gentleman’s Dub Club and many more. The Hot 8 Brass Band are set to continue this building reputation as they cast New Orleans parade music into the depths of the cavernous venue. Expect classic renditions from Basement Jaxx, The Specials and The Temptations as well as their own songs; ‘Rasta Funk’, ‘Get Up’, and ‘What’s My Name?’ to cite just a few…
Tickets are limited but still available. Grab yourself one below.
X-Press 2 – The Magnet (13th April)
An intimate affair at just 300 capacity, Hardman Street’s mainstay venue, The Magnet, will play host to two classic house producers on 13th April. For over 20 years, X-Press 2 have been putting out some of the most recognisable British house tracks around. Their seminal 1993 cut, ‘Muzik Xpress,’ is a near 8-minute journey into the foundations of club culture, and helped cement the legacy of clubs the likes of Cream, The Hacienda and Ministry.
A big dollop of nostalgia for the older heads or an insight into the 90s for the younger dancers, this will be a rare chance to see such a classic DJ/producer duo as this in such a close setting.
Live Music Thursdays: The Dirty Bomb – Constellations (13th April)
As Constellations continue with their mission of soundtracking Thursday nights in the Baltic Triangle with local live music, they welcome an old friend with a constantly refreshing sound through their doors.
A four-piece instrumental funk outfit, The Dirty Bomb make use of some of their, and our, favourite compositions as vehicles for dirty grooves and exciting improvisations. Expect to be taken on a journey through the deepest record collection of any funk, soul, jazz, & hip-hop enthusiast and be thrown out the other end, wiser and with a massive smile on your face.
Having previously featured at Melodic Distraction back in 2016, the band have a strong rapport among a growing scene of music fans increasingly interested in all things funky.
A Garden Party with Fatima & The Eglo Live Band – Constellations Live Series (April 20th)
Since releasing her debut album, Yellow Memories, back in 2014, Fatima has gone on to collaborate with a whole host of international artists, as well as signing onto jazz’s most prestigious label; Blue Note Records. Her dulcet but rarely shy approach to music has put her on the map as one of the queens of modern soul as she pushes forward with the recording of new material.
This April, catch Fatima and her Eglo Live Band taking centre stage in the botanical surroundings of the Constellations Garden, for what will be their first garden party of the year heading into the summer season. With Madnice Selectors and Melodic Distraction on the ones and twos, make sure you get down early to hear some luscious DJ sets before and after Fatima’s performance. BBQ fired up, bar open and music playing…just how it should be.
With only a few more early birds left, be sure to grab yourself one before they are snapped up elsewhere…
Percolate Liverpool Launch: MCDE & Jeremy Underground – Underground Liverpool (April 21st)
After 4 years of throwing parties across London & Manchester, Percolate finally make their way to Liverpool. While the choice of venue seems somewhat questionable, as they prepare to settle down at the newly refurbished Garlands, the high-calibre line-up in store for their city debut certainly waves any apprehensions.
Currently ranked as 12th best DJ in the world by Resident Advisor, Motor City Drum Ensemble is without a doubt one of the most versatile selectors about. His ear for new music has him collecting between 10 and a 100 new records each month, packing his bag with rare wax for each show. While some DJs fall into the trap of recycling favourites time and time again, MCDE as well Jeremy Underground, also billed, both have a knack for pushing their sets that extra bit further with the kind of obscure dance records usually found collecting dust at the bottom of record crates all over the world.
Soon to be sold out, don’t sit around on this one…
Upitup’s 14th Birthday Party – The Magnet (April 21st)
Upitup Records have been releasing free music since 2003 and is considered one of the first original net-labels. Based in Liverpool, Rome and Stuttgart, it has gained a cult following around the world.
Between putting out free releases online and connecting with a whole galaxy of talented producers, DJs and artists, Upitup host some of the best musical showcases in the city and their 14th Birthday show is without a doubt going to be one of them. Featuring an extensive Liverpool-only line up that encompasses the whole Upitup ethos, they have pulled in 20 acts over 7 hours of celebrations. And what would a birthday be if a splash of nostalgia wasn’t present; the Upitup crew have taken things right back to where it all started in 2007 – The Magnet.
Featuring head honcho Jacques Malchance, Lobster Theramin’s ASOK, The M62 Records crew and many more, this one is worth noting down…
North West Cancer Research Presents: A Cosmic Jam – Constellations (22nd April)
With a stellar line-up of DJs including No Fakin’, Mr Jonze, Pooky, Danny Fitzgerald, Autocycle, Radio Exotica, The Mixnots, Elliot Hutchinson and Andy James, Cosmic Jam returns. This time in the famous Constellations Garden, the programme features some of Liverpool’s most forward-thinking selectors. From record dealers to festival curators, this is one of the finest line-ups you’ll find in Liverpool all summer.
With guests promised a cosmic mix of funk, soul, latin, hip-hop and much, much more, this one looks set to be a classic garden get down. A child friendly session of music, BBQ and cocktails, North West Cancer Research will be on hand with a bunch on child-friendly activities throughout the day.
Suggested donations are £2.50 on the door, however the event is simply pay what you can afford, with children going for free!
LDF & Constellations presents Derrick Carter (Extended Set) – Constellations (April 22nd)
Continuing with the theme of Chicago legends down on Greenland Street, Constellations play host to another house hero this month. After Melodic Distraction brought Roy Davis Jr. for his first city appearance in 10 years, Constellations are teaming up with Liverpool Disco Festival to bring the mighty Derrick Carter to The Baltic Triangle’s best warehouse space.
Grab a ticket and strap yourself in for a journey through underground house music from around the globe with one of the genre’s most influential and respected selectors. Expect a set rooted in house music history; sprinkled with classic disco, funk and soul. With support coming from the Liverpool Disco Festival DJs, this is bound to be a winner….
Echoes : Abandon Silence 7th Birthday – Invisible Wind Factory (28th April)
The final party in their Echoes project, Abandon Silence will bow out of the 16/17 season at the Invisible Wind Factory in style, inviting massive guests Leon Vynehall and Joy Orbison up to the decks. With Omar S, Moxie, DJ Bone, Denis Sulta and Jeremy Underground all already featuring, Abandon Silence have clearly felt honor-bound to keep their standards high. Accordingly, they have gone out and secured two of UK house music’s biggest names. Joy O’s appearance comes off the back of his first solo EP since 2012, while Leon Vynehall comes armed with a back catalogue of dancefloor killers such as 2014’s ‘Butterflies’ and 2016’s ‘Blush’ off his Rojus album.
While these two have previously played at the party, the promise of new names in their basement is undoubtedly cause for further intrigue. An unprecedented two room party for Abandon Silence at this venue, with the veteran promoter making use of the main space and basement, this date will mark only the third time the venue has granted access to its mysterious underground space in its short history.
Melodic Distraction Day & Night w/ Special Guest TBA – Constellations (29th April)
After a sellout dancefloor came and celebrated with us for our second birthday, we figured we’d have to do it all again for our final party before summer. An all day session in the magnificent Constellations garden, before we move inside to the warehouse for an intimate night party…this one is going to be killer!
Expect the day party to be live streamed on Melodic Distraction Radio, hosted by some of the extraordinary shows that fill our schedule. A showcase of some of the city’s finest musical talent, with guests who have appeared on MD Radio over the last 3 months.
We strongly recommend grabbing tickets right away as they won’t hang around for long. Especially once the line-up has been fully released…