Gottwood Radio Documentary: “North West, To The World”

This summer, we ventured back to the picturesque countryside of Anglesey to bring you Gottwood Radio in collaboration with Audio-Technica & NAM Manchester. This year was bigger and better than ever as we invited over 50+ of our radio hosts to broadcast live from our container and out into the Gottwood festival site.

Along with a full program of live radio, we also curated the night program for the forest stage, bringing alternative music lovers together with reggae, dancehall, jazz, ambient and much more!

Check out the documentary below, as we capture the journey of running a live radio station from the middle of one of the UK’s most respected electronic music festivals. Delving into the intricacies of establishing and managing a radio station from a remote corner of North Wales, the film follows the Melodic Distraction and NAM teams as they set up and deliver over 50 hours of broadcasting in four days.

Sets across the weekend featured performances by Conducta, Ruf Dug, Crazy P, Jay Carder B2B Trieste, Scarlett O’Malley, Adam Pits, Dowd, Outhouse Sounds, Zuku and a whole host of Liverpool and Manchester locals. All sets from across the weekend can be revisited via Melodic Distraction’s Mixcloud page.

Powered by Audio-Technica, we converted a 40ft shipping container into a radio studio – using Audio-Technica Direct Drive Turntables, needles and carts, microphones and turntable weights. The radio station also served as a stage, with NAM providing a vintage JBL hifi sound system.

“We were thrilled to bring this collaboration between Audio-Technica, Melodic Distraction and NAM to life. It means a lot when brands like AT are invested in making independent ideas happen!” – Josh Aitman, Melodic Distraction

“Not only was everyone playing tunes that they love, but they were absolutely bringing their A-game. Seeing radio played out to an in-person audience in real time is something you don’t often get and that made it really special.” – Beth Harris, Producer, Melodic Distraction

“It’s almost like every festival should have a Melodic Distraction set up somewhere” – Dig This (Zuku)