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35 shows, 3 days, 1 festival – Positive Vibration: Festival of Reggae took over the Melodic Distraction Radio airwaves for a full weekend of music, conversation and culture from 8th – 10th June. Running in collaboration with MCR Live and KCC Live, the broadcast features artists from around the country with Africa Oyé, Levi Tafari and many more […]

The full moon has sent us all a bit doolally, with those cornerstone memories of yesteryear now right around the corner.  Is it that time already? Yikes! We’ve been chatting about last year’s festival run for too long; the slightly hazy moments of music, amigos and soon-to-be-friends that set the world at ease. With all […]

A cornerstone of the European festival calendar, it’s astonishing that Gottwood has maintained its down-to-earth, grassroots ethos over all these years. One of the most picturesque festival sites in the UK, the team behind the four-day event have doubtlessly worked hard to curate and sustain an atmosphere found seldom elsewhere on the summer circuit. The […]

Hailing from East-London, Earthboogie are an intriguing outfit. Their sound is a tropical melting pot of uplifting African and South American dancefloor-focused music, that draws upon worldly influences stretching from West Coast jazz, all the way back to the dub-driven sounds of the capital.  With three incomparable EPs out on Spacetalk’s sub-label, Leng Records, the […]

On 4th May, Liverpool Sound City+ invited Craig Pennington, Amy Lamé, Natalie Williams, Steve Rotherham & Yousef to discuss the future of Liverpool’s music industry and the formation of a City Region Music Board. In January 2017, Constellations sat down with Craig Pennington of Bido Lito! to discuss the future of Liverpool’s music scene. His forthcoming conference and city-wide survey entitled, Liverpool, […]

With Record Store Day now tucked under their belts for another 12-months, and some exciting news to share about the not-so-distant future, Jacaranda Records drop by for their first in a series of monthly columns on Melodic Distraction.  “Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, charm and gaiety […]

The Melodic Distraction family circle is growing every day! We’re nothing without the show hosts, associates, partners, friends and, of course, the listeners tuning in each and every day. We’ve got some serious stuff on the bubble over the summer months and beyond, and like a cute lil snek in tropical adolescence, we’ve outgrown our […]

The ONLY way is Upitup. That’s the word on the cobbles this weekend as Merseyside veterans, Upitup Records, bring a two-day anniversary party to North Shore Troubadour and the Kazimier Garden. Ready the cake, prep the candles; it’s time for the international DJ and arts collective, independent record label, party and radio show to celebrate […]

It’s good to be back! After a small hiatus, our monthly New Wax feature returns…this time, for good. With Record Store Day looming its mammoth presence over the month once again, we’ve tried our very best to steer clear of specific RSD releases (with a few guilty exceptions!)  A more focused issue of New Wax […]

With festival season fast approaching, a fresh musical offering presents itself within Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle. On The Corner is a new weekend event  celebrating the local and national musicians at the forefront of the UK’s exploding jazz scene. A jazz festival that steps firmly into the future whilst paying homage to the past… Combining the […]


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