Look Back: Melodic Distraction takeover at Gottwood Festival

Last month, we were lucky enough to team up with Gottwood to create an on-site radio station at this year’s festival! Gottwood Radio enabled listeners from around the world to tune into the sounds of Gottwood, featuring a handful of our regular radio hosts plus acts playing the festival such as Fatima, Ruf Dug, Crazy P and Scarlett O’Malley. 

Photos by Daniel de la Bastide

Broadcasting live from a 40ft shipping container, kindly donated to us by Seven Store, the pop-up station also doubled up as a festival stage, providing the perfect chillout vibes out in the sunshine. We also teamed up with local North West creatives Andrew Wolfenden, Neil Keating and sustainable fashion company, Make Thread, to produce the container artwork and our Gottwood x MD t-shirt design respectively. Shows across the weekend covered a variety of genres and energies, from a samba spotlight with Hannah O’Gorman to a dubstep special with Contours b2b Glen Cutwerk!

Having finally recovered from a magical few days, we’ve put together a collection of highlights from some of our lovely hosts who played Gottwood Radio. Find them, along with their radio show, below. For the full list of shows live from Gottwood Festival, head here!




Gottwood was my first experience of a dance music festival and I got to see so many legends who I love. Move D and Willikens & Ivkovic left the deepest impression on me, although W&I’s selections were not traditional dance music – the rhythm and speed was so powerful and infectious, I couldn’t stop using Shazam hahaha.

Move D has inspired me so much since I started DJing. He played a lot of songs that when you first listen to it, you probably won’t like, but he played it so great! He handles songs like a tool.

 Rosie Ama

My highlight has to be Vladimir Ivkovic b2b Lena Willikens. Watching this pair is always an education (or a moment where you think “why do I even bother DJing”). There’s such a synergy between the two of them, yet you still never know what to expect next. Of course, there was their signature halftime antics, as well as dubstep, leftfield, trance and Eastern European post-punk. I stayed there from the first track to the last, did plenty of covert Shazaming and came away with no IDs.



My highlights from Gottwood this year have to be the mix of vibes coming from the Melodic container throughout the day. Lupini and Abena’s wiggly and percussive B2B was a proper journey! I also really loved the crowd and vibe down at Ruffy’s Lab throughout the festival. That was also my go-to spot.

Aside from that, catching Appleblim traverse everything from house and techno through to early dubstep and jungle was a proper highlight!


Dual Monitor

Thanks so much for having us at Gottwood, Melodic Distraction! It was such a special weekend and we are honoured to have been part of it. Our highlight was seeing Helena Hauff shell it in the walled garden – how can someone be that cool?! We managed to also catch an especially beautiful sunrise on Sunday morning. Hopefully we will be invited back next year!


Chris Barker

The big highlight for me was just hanging out with loads of nice people, but special mentions have to go to Sarah Bates, who did an absolutely belting live set. Plus the Yoofee/T-Man DJ/MC combo who absolutely rinsed it in the barn and brought a different vibe to anyone else I saw.

We’re excited to return to Gottwood next year, but for now, head over to our shop to cop your limited edition Gottwood Radio t-shirt, in collaboration with Make Thread.