Independent Liverpool-based radio station Melodic Distraction has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to help the community hub secure a new permanent space.
The station, which has been broadcasting since 2017, has set a goal to raise 35K to help them cover the cost of relocating to a new space in the city. Currently the station is temporarily being supported by Dr. Martens who have stepped in to keep them on-air, re-homing them in an interim studio within the city’s Jacaranda: Phase One venue.
Many past residents, labels and artists alike have also stepped up to help Melodic Distraction's funding efforts, which include one-off broadcasts reuniting station alumni, a limited-edition zine and a huge vinyl raffle featuring donations from some of Liverpool's most loved institutions, DJs and bands including Crazy P and Greg Wilson.
The vinyl raffle sees them team up with Dig Vinyl, exchanging pledges for rare and rated records donated by the likes of Bontan, Dig Vinyl, Banoffee Pies, Tea Street Band and Liverpool Sound City, as well as the station’s 190 resident DJs.
In recent years, despite Liverpool’s national recognition as a cultural hotbed, there has been growing concern that gentrification and developers could decimate the city’s flourishing culture hub in the Baltic Triangle district. With the impact of Covid-19 now threatening even more of the city’s creative landmarks, Melodic Distraction are determined to help to protect Liverpool’s vibrant music scene by raising funds to build a new community-focused music space in 2021.
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