Liverpool’s community-led radio Melodic Distraction [@melodistraction] launches month-long fundraiser for new home

Liverpool’s Melodic Distraction is an independent radio station that has been broadcasting sounds since 2017. The station launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to help the community hub secure a new permanent space. Supported by Dr. Martens on a range of fundraising activities including 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 band.

Despite Liverpool’s recent national recognition as a cultural hotbed, there has been growing concern that gentrification could devastate the city’s flourishing culture hub. With the impact of Covid-19 now threatening 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.

Responding to Melodic Distraction some of Liverpool’s finest musical exports have joined forces to keep the station playing. To celebrate the kickstarter launch, Melodic Distraction are also reuniting with special guests and station alumni for a string of one-off specials hosted by artists such as Asquith, Kate Miller, Penya, Yadava, Greg Wilson and more.

The proposed site for Melodic Distraction’s permanent new home is within the Tapestry building in Liverpool’s Fabric District. Reaching their fundraising goal MD will be able to relocate to two shipping containers at the venue. The station has committed to prioritising, supporting and where necessary, subsidising, the space for grassroots music and local community organisations.

In addition, Dr. Martens has also committed to supporting the station’s fundraising efforts for their future home. The collaboration with the station is the first project to be backed through the Dr. Martens Presents platform – a new initiative that continues Dr. Martens’ long-standing support of subculture by working with local creative networks to raise awareness of the challenges grassroots culture is currently facing.

To donate via Kickstarter click here and help support Melodic Distraction radio build their new home.

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