With the ‘Beast From the East’ finally behind us, we’re more than ready for some longer, brighter days. Come out of hibernation and shake off the winter slumber with a springtime dance. Liverpool is delivering an array of music events from all genres, cultural events for us all to swot up during and venue openings left, right and centre. Here’s the top picks for this month…
International Women’s Day Boogie – Melodic Distraction Studio & 24 Kitchen Street
This International Women’s Day, we present to you event curated by none other our very own Melodic Distraction team in association with 24 Kitchen Street. We’re celebrating the creative women of Liverpool, with all profits going to the amazing charity MRANG who support local refugee and asylum-seeking women. In a day filled with creative acts and good vibes, we have worked hard to ensure the celebrations carry on all day long. Straight outta the Melodic studio we’re packing a full day of broadcast running from 10am, featuring a wide mix of music, discussion and interviews by creative and inspiring women. Expect everything from soothing ambient baths to spoken word, from social justice issues to party-starting world dance.
After our day of broadcast Melodic Distraction are hosting an open decks and DJ workshop for ladies of any spinning proficiency, to be the first session of many to come. And if all that wasn’t enough, we decided to throw a huge party down at 24 Kitchen Street too. Some of the finest female selectors and performers join us for an all-night grooving party. You can peep the killer lineup on the Facebook event below. Packed with more good vibes than an Ann Summers warehouse, we’re so looking forward to celebrating alongside you all.
Open Circuit Festival of New Music 2018 – University of Liverpool
10th – 14th March
A showcase of some of electronic music’s most forethinking artists, Open Circuit Festival of New Music is a celebration of the sonic arts, paired with an array of captivating visual installations. This year’s festival opens with a doubleheader on Saturday 10th March, as British improv. legend Evan Parker teams up with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for a one-of-a-kind performance.
French composer and visual artist, Gilbert Nouno brings a brand-new installation to the VGM café, which will feature throughout the festival. Monday will feature a performance from Avie Records and Liverpool-based cellist, Jonathan Aasgaard for a fusion-focused concert of cello and electronics. Also featuring are the Pixie Ensemble, an Electronic Music Video Showcase and an audience participation event featuring the Merseyside Improvisors Orchestra.
Entry to all events is free of charge, but be sure to book in advance to ensure a seat! The festival takes place between 10th and 14th of March, at the Victoria Gallery and Museum.
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Shyboi / Hesska / M T Hall / Amtrak / Breakwave – Invisible Wind Factory Substation
Pale Master and Cartier 4 Everyone join teams again in mighty morphin’ transformers form to make up the indomintable PALE-CARTIER. They have the honour, nay, the privilege of bringing part of the Discwoman cartel to Liverpool for the very first time with SHYBOI. Jamaican born, New York based multidisciplinary artist, SHYBOI has been destroying dancefloors the world over with her political, thoughtful productions. Joining her is Manchester ladyfriend Hesska, NTS regular and club-banger deconstructor extraordinaire. Liverpool’s very own techno queens M T HALL, Amtrak and Breakwave will all be joining the ranks to boot, making this unforgivingly bass-heavy night a worthy addition to Liverpool’s burgeoning sonic landscape.
Boogaloo x Human Music: Josey Rebelle – meraki
To kick off the month, Boogaloo showcase one of the most exciting and versatile artists on the scene at the moment, Josey Rebelle. Their teaming up with new promoters Human Music for the first time to present one of Rinse FM’s hottest residents. Her weekly Sunday show presents her wild range of genres from all corners of soul, R&B and disco in the morning before drifting through to house and techno in the afternoon. Rebelle has established herself as a hot artist on the scene recording mixes for the likes of Resident Advisor and Essential Mix, whilst also beginning a new residency at London’s Pickle Factory later on this month. In support will be resident Boogaloo and Human Music DJ’s. This is one for the heads, and sure to be doused with Rebelle’s classic music taste.
Bam!Bam!Bam! present ONRA (Live) – 24 Kitchen Street
The team at Bam!Bam!Bam! continue to bring some of the freshest bookings to Liverpool, whilst branching out further afield thanks to their continued success. This time around, the elusive French hip hop producer Onra drops into 24 Kitchen Street for a special live set. Support comes courtesy of the dopest new hip hop straight out of Liverpool, with Quantise and La Lune Crew forming a cypher collective of local talent. Onra returns to Dublin’s All City Records soon with his 9th studio album, Nobody Has To Know, and the MPC wielding beatmaker is sure to drop some of his new material when he joins us in The Baltic Triangle. Known for his unique take on R&B and hip hop, as well as his globetrotting influences seen in his Chinoiseries trilogy, Onra remains a relevant and experimental beatmaker who you should really go see.
MaschinenFunk present Moscoman – Invisible Wind Factory
With the goal of filling a gap in the music scene in Liverpool, MaschinenFunk make their debut party with a very exciting guest. All the way from Berlin, Moscoman is going to be here on the decks hosting a night of his evolving sound, a hybrid of trance, new-wave, house and techno blitzed together with his distinct sounds of the Middle East. He’s curated the label ‘Disco Halal’ in 2015, in which he has developed a close-knit group of friends and collaborators and developed his tastes further. With exciting support coming up from ØSCILLATE, and the MaschienFunk residents stepping up to the plate too, this debut night is worth going over to the North Docks for.
Edgehill Station Garden Launch – Metal at Edgehill
Edge Hill Station Garden reopens for spring with the launch of a new installation artwork by Dave Evans. Pushing the boundaries of hidden digital spaces, radio waves and public broadcast, Evans sets up a temporary virtual arena for people looking at their phones during the boring commute, encouraging them to consider the real world objects that precede digital spaces. The garden will officially open on the 21st of March, with an evening of food, music and the ceremonial unveiling of Dave Evan’s totemic organic wi-fi mast.
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Penya (Live), SNO & Cal Jader – The Reeds
London based Afro-Latin electronic band, Penya come to Liverpool for another intimate party at the city’s newest spot, The Reeds. Fresh from releasing their third album, Penya’s highly percussive and rhythmic music on Super Liminal sets the tone for a night of dancing, merriment and great afro-infused soundscapes.
Loyal to the On The Corner imprint, Penya releases on the label for the third time. Super Liminal celebrates today’s thriving fusion culture, a trait so prominent in the widely popular label. On The Corner recently won its place as label of the year at the Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards for showcasing ‘Deep Jazz-Experimental Electronic-Field recordings from the Future’.
Supporting Penya is Manchester based SNO and DJ Cal Jader. SNO who DJ’s regularly as part of the Banana Hill collective makes the trip over to Liverpool to share her expansive African influenced record collection which is bound to make you move. If you are in search of something different, this one’s for you.
ENRG Presents: Jon Hopkins, Joe Goddard, A Love From Outer Space – Invisible Wind Factory
ENRG welcome Jon Hopkins to the Invisible Wind Factory. His distinct sound can be placed anywhere, between solo acoustic piano to explosive, bass-heavy techno. Expect a DJ set with unsettling depth and a startling variety of sounds. Supporting the likes of The XX and Four Tet in their tours, he is a truly flexible artist who is experienced in the field. Highly praised for several years, and his Mercury prize nomination for his album ‘Immunity’ makes him an incredible booking for the ENRG team. Greco-Roman’s Joe Goddard will also be joining him on up the decks. A Love From Outer Space make an appearance at this multi-genre party, who will take over the IWF Substation downstairs and fill it with beats from Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnston.
Liverpool is spoiling us with excellent events left, right and centre. As well as the big guns that we’ve covered up top, here are some other events this month. They are very much worth your while as well…
1st March – Wiley – 24 Kitchen Street
2nd March – 100 Demons, Oliver Coates, Daniel Elms, MCR Collective – Invisible Wind Factory
3rd March – Abandon Silence 8th birthday: Daphni – Constellations
3rd March – All We Are – North Shore Troubadour
9th March – SisBis and Africa Oyé present Mim Suleiman – Buyer’s Club
10th March – Emotion Wave 12 – 81 Renshaw Street
12th March – Klezmer-ish: Voices from the Road – The Philharmonic
13th March – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – Arts Club
15th March – Live Music Thursdays with Remy Jude & Nu Tribe – Constellations
16th March – EAT ME + Preach: The Cruising Edition – Sound Food and Drink
24th March – Fire in the Mountain Party – Invisible Wind Factory
24th March – Watt Hz? Perc, Under Black Helmet & Xavier – Invisible Wind Factory
29th March – Joseph Kaye presents An’ All That – The Merchant
31st March – 303V John Digweed & Patrice Baumel – Invisible Wind Factory
Words: Eve Whiteside and the Melodic Distraction Team