Melodic Distraction Monthly Guide (July ’17)
Written by Josh Aitman on 30th June 2017
With Liverpool approaching a lull as the hot weather leads to lazy days at Crosby and people watching on Bold Street, the number of music events within the city take a noticeable turn. From this summer’s second festival at Sefton Park, to a multitude of shows hidden away beneath the business district, live re-imaginations of classic albums at The Philharmonic Hall to alfresco parties in the city’s favourite garden spaces, take a look at some of the fantastic music events on offer this month in the definitive monthly guide for music in Liverpool…
303 Summer Day & Night Party with Henry Saiz and Pig&Dan – Constellations (1st July 2017)
After welcoming Henry Saiz to Liverpool last September, 303 have brought the innovative house and techno producer back for an all-day party down at the award winning Liverpool venue Constellations. Kicking off from 2pm, Henry Saiz will be working through an extended set in the breathtaking garden space followed by a set from infamous techno duo Pig & Dan in the depths of the venue’s warehouse.
Known for his versatility, Henry Saiz incorporates a smooth blend of house, techno and disco throughout all his sets, utilizing his extensive knowledge of music built up through years as a world renowned DJ and producer. Saiz has released on an expansive list of labels including Renaissance, Global Underground and Bedrock and this undeniable talent has led him to work as a sound designer for film & television as well as cultivating talent through his own imprint, Natura Sonoris.
Pig&Dan join the bill for this edition of 303, once again flying the flag for their distinctive brand of Spanish techno. Made up of producers Dan Duncan & Igor Tchkotoua, the duo are gaining equal notoriety for their productions and sets, recently headlining Tresor. This combination of headline DJs is set to push Constellations to full capacity from early doors so be sure to cop a ticket before it is too late. For those who cannot make it, we’ll be live streaming straight from the Garden…
It Was 50 Years Ago Today, A Celebration of Sgt Pepper and the Summer of Love – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (8th July 2017)
Whether it was Rubber Soul, The White Album, Revolver or one of the many others that got your top pick for Beatles album, 2017 sees Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band reach half a century’s existence. To celebrate, The Liverpool Philharmonic are hosting a rare special event in it’s honour, orchestrating the masterpiece with the award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bootleg Beatles, a premier Beatles cover group.
Continually exploring alternate avenues to present some of the cities most forward thinking music, The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra repeatedly draw sellout crowds as they strive to infuse their classically trained musicians with a broader range of musical interests. Whether it be the orchestration of cult classics such as E.T or the takeover of the Anglican cathedral to re-interpret the great Cream-classics back-catalogue, the creative musicians involved are not afraid to test their abilities.
With Nigel Osborne behind the orchestration and Roger McGough hosting this three part special, it comes as no surprise that the shows have completely sold out. For those who were not lucky enough to cop a ticket this time round, you’d better hope they’re celebrating 50 years of The Beatles (White Album) next year…
Nas UK Tour – Liverpool Mountford Hall (10th July)
Rapper, producer, actor and entrepreneur, Nas is about as big as it gets. With eight albums all hitting either platinum or multiplatinum, the hip hop giant has sold over 250 million records across the globe and you just have to listen to his back-catalogue to understand why.
Illmatic, It Was Written, Stillmatic, Hip Hop Is Dead, 13 Grammy nominations, top of the Billboard 200 for four consecutive weeks and ranked number five on MTV’s list of the greatest rappers of all time, the evidence of his achievements are endless. One of the greatest hip hop artists to ever live, it is the sheer amount of ground that Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones covered throughout his career that is staggering.
Taking to the stage for one night only, Nas brings his UK tour to Liverpool thanks to a collaboration between the 02 Academy and The Liverpool University’s Mountford Hall. Tickets are still available for this show and you can purchase them below…
Farr Festival with Abandon Silence – Hertfordshire (13th – 16th July 2017)
Taking to the road, Liverpool’s most esteemed event night, Abandon Silence, host a stage at this year’s Farr Festival in Hertfordshire. Featuring arguably one of the freshest line-ups this Summer, Farr Festival boasts a roster of international talent, stretching from New York party starters Mister Saturday Night, Vancouver’s rising star Jayda G right through to Telaviv’s, Moscoman. Headlining this year’s proceedings, acts such as Floating Points, Red Axes and Omar-S are all set to play the weekend.
Representing Liverpool, Abandon Silence take over The Shack on Friday night after a whole host of live acts fill out the day schedule. Following General Levy at 6pm, Abandon Silence residents Tom Lye, Harry Sheehan and Andrew Hill kicks things off before Or:la, Craig Richards, Leon Vynehall and DJ Tennis push things forward.
Tickets are now on their 4th and final release, meaning less than 500 places remain. With attention to detail not solely focused on programming but stage production, this will definitely be one of the UK’s best festivals this summer.
M:Openair presents Raresh, Cap, Residents and Friends – The Kazimier Garden & The Arts Club (15th July 2017)
Back for the second edition of their Openair series, MODU:LAR head to The Kazimier Garden for an intimate day party featuring an all Romanian headline team made up of Raresh and Cap, both often seen playing alongside Ricardo Villalobos across the world.
With an eye (and an ear) for detail, MODU:LAR have built a water tight reputation for themselves, featuring artists such as Tini, Margaret Dygas & Dewalta across the years. Taking each party as a new venture, the creative minds behind MODU:LAR continually attempt to transform each space they operate within into something totally new. Whether that be through the use of suspended fabric canopies or gigantic truss structures, each party breathes a unique approach for all those that attend.
Quoting Raresh and Cap as “ones for the wish list”, the team are setting a benchmark for themselves recently with the sheer calibre of bookings they are bringing to Liverpool. Comprising of two venues over one day, proceedings move from the Kazimier Garden up the road to the cavernous theatre space of The Arts Club from 10pm. Accompanied by residents Nerram, Brennan and Scott Grant, newly announced resident Nicvius will help provide a diverse pool of music at this month’s party. It is a testament to their commitment as they continue to establish as one of the North-West’s best minimal techno parties.
Daytime: Kazimier Garden (2pm to 10pm)
Nighttime: Arts Club – Theatre (10pm to 4am)
Underground Presents Robert Hood – Underground Liverpool (21st July 2017)
The team behind the newly spawned venue welcome yet another golden booking for the deep dark depths of Liverpool’s Business District. Underground has been relentlessly grafting to bring some of the world’s most renowned artists and promoters to Liverpool, with the likes of Motor City Drum Ensemble, Jeremy Underground and Ben Klock, as well as the recently announced move of Sankeys, reaching the highly regarded subterranean spot. With his most recent Floorplan E.P. gaining critical acclaim from DJs and dancers across the world, Underground bring Detroit’s Robert Hood to Liverpool.
Known not only for his very recognizable brand of techno, Robert Hood also brings a groove with his disco alias, Floorplan. As one of the founding members of infamous Detroit collective; Underground Resistance, his ability to produce some of Detroit’s most seminal techno music, delving into disco, gospel and funk, places him at the forefront of 21st century electronic dance music.
.It was around this time last year that Hood appeared in Liverpool to a sell out show for 303 Liverpool. Locking out weeks in advance, it sets an early precedence for his 2017 show. Despite the largely increased capacity of this space it is likely that tickets won’t be around for too long. With high fidelity sound and innovative lighting at the core of Undergrounds ethos, it is no surprise they have been attracting thousands of punters through their doors and some serious heavyweights to their decks. Secure your spot for this one before it is too late…
Digger’s Anthems, July Edition – The Kazimier Garden (21st July 2017)
Calling all crate diggers and city spinners; Join a whole host of legendary Liverpool selectors on July 21st as Beatbox Agency hand over their turntables for an evening of funky jams, rare cuts and latin influences down at The Kazimier Garden. Featuring A Cosmic Jam’s Andy James back to back with Danny Fitzgerald from 6pm ‘till 9pm there is no better way to spend your Friday evening. No requests allowed, let the selectors select.
Following on into the late hours, Dig Vinyl’s Elliot Hutchinson takes control with freak-beat, exotica and rockin’ R&B, something our city sees very little of! Free entry so be sure to head down from early doors as The Kazimier’s limited capacity tends to fill up pretty quick when the weather is on our side!
Sunday Session with Melodic Distraction & Down To Funk (23rd July 2017)
This month we reunite with our oldest Liverpool pals down at our spiritual home in the Baltic Triangle for a one off Sunday Session. As we take a brief hiatus from shows until October, it was only fitting to finally collaborate with the Down To Funk crew. Headed by Flossy (aka Jack Rogers), Down To Funk began at Constellations years back and has moved from strength to strength before jumping over to The North Shore of Liverpool, residing in the brand new venue space, Meraki.
Expect a blend of funk, soul, jazz, down-tempo house and disco showcased by a selection of both team’s residents from 2pm onwards. Free to attend all day coupled with food from Cuban street food specialists Finca. What else could you wish for as the summer months reach full swing…?
Liverpool International Music Festival 2017 – Sefton Park (20th – 23rd July 2017)
The second of Sefton Park’s free Summer music festivals is fast approaching. Whilst June saw Africa Oye celebrate the diaspora of African culture, this coming month, The Liverpool International Music Festival is set to descend on Sefton Park showcasing a range of talent, large and small, that strives to cater for all.
Showcasing local neo-soul artist; Xam Volo and indie-rock 4 piece Hooton Tennis Club as well as internationally acclaimed DJ’s including Norman Jay, LIMF boasts a broad spectrum of talent. Highlights of the festival take place in the park’s impressive Palm House as Stretch Armstrong, Slick Rick, DJ Red Alert and Slick Rick team up with local legends No Fakin’ to present No Sleep, an exploration through the hip-hop that immersed clubs of New York throughout the late 80’s and 90’s.
Percolate Liverpool: DJ Koze, Krywald & Farrer – Underground Liverpool (28th July 2017)
After London party-starters Percolate brought two of the world’s best selectors earlier this year, they are straight back with another one of underground dance music’s most elusive and sought after producers; DJ Koze.
Head of Pampa records, Koze is a genius when it comes to producing music, making a name for himself as a remix extraordinaire with cuts such as “Operator” and “It’s Only” having a huge impact on dancefloors over the years. Remixing for the likes of Caribou, Mount Kimbe, Roman Flugel and Matthew Herbert, Koze continually surprises listeners and audiences with his production and selection versatility, offering profoundly different styles with each outing.
As usual, Krywald & Farrar are on support duty for Percolate, fresh from stage appearances at Gottwood Festival. The duo are quickly becoming well respected artists in their own right, known for their “Persie Edits” series, they consistently provide some of the most colourful warm-up sets in modern club spaces. A strong statement from Percolate as they try to pull in a Liverpool crowd during the quieter months in Liverpool.