Down on Jamaica Street lives an unassuming, once abandoned, red brick house. Amid a wash of regenerated warehouse spaces, music venues and coffee shops, the little stony building stands as a relic to the Baltic Triangle’s colourful history. Once a boarding quarters for jockeys, since a hardware store and a kiosk for second-hand wares, the building is now home to a new set of residents. Headed up by Deelyn Walsh, mastermind behind the ever-popular Deelyn Designs jewelry shop, Flux Studios houses a number of independently-minded creative businesses. One of these is the Melodic Distraction, a community radio station, online magazine and party, closely tied to Constellations.
Starting out in 2015, the story of Melodic Distraction first became entwined with that of Constellations when they hosted an event in the Observatory and Constellations garden. Spanning everything from house to hip-hop, the event welcomed Londoner, Hackman, and Frenchman, Art of Tones to the stage. Since then, they have continued on to feature artists from around the globe including; Jayda G (Canada), Dego (UK), Roy Davis Jr (USA) and Andy Hart (Australia.) The party is open-minded and strives to celebrate global music culture. Melodic Distraction also publish articles through their online blog, championing Liverpool’s local music scene. Reviewing gigs, publishing interviews and exploring the health of the local scene, Melodic Distraction are proud to shout about their city and all it has to offer!
Since January 2016, Melodic Distraction have found a home in the Baltic Triangle. From here, they have broadcast over 400 radio shows, showing no signs of slowing down. Their roster of show hosts includes the likes of Africa Oye Festival, Liverpool Disco Festival, 303, 24 Kitchen Street, Anti Social Jazz Club and now, Constellations.
Broadcasting three times each month, Constellations have teamed up with Melodic Distraction to showcase their Live Music Thursdays series across the internet, streaming via the Constellations Facebook page! So far, October and November have hosted Remy Jude & Friends, Mamadou and the Lekette Band and Ranga & Harambe, with a special appearance from the house band, The Jam Scones Quartet, pencilled in for this Thursday (16th November.)
Having hosted the likes of; The Quantic Soul Orchestra, Fatima & The Eglo Band, Moses Boyd Exodus, Romare and many more, Constellations are taking a step back – focussing on more locally-recognised talent whilst providing these artists with an online platform to broadcast their sounds. Join in, three Thursdays each month throughout the winter, and get a flavour of what Liverpool has to offer!