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Homotopia Festival 2022

Homotopia Festival


Melodic Distraction x Homotopia Festival

We’ve partnered with Homotopia to celebrate queer music and culture in Liverpool, and beyond.

Homotopia is the UK’s longest running LGBTQIA arts and cultural festival, born and bred in Liverpool. Every November they programme the most exciting local, national and international LGBTQIA artists at venues across the city and online. This year’s festival runs from 1st – 20th November. Find out more at

Join Melodic Distraction and Homotopia for a series of radio shows throughout October and November:

OUTloud Playlists


Big Joanie is a London-based Black feminist punk band that combines the fury of nineties riot grrrl with synth-heavy post punk. The band has played a coveted run of support slots with Bikini Kill, Gossip, Sleater-Kinney and IDLES. Finishing up their second album, due for release in the UK and USA soon, Big Joanie is bringing a unique brand of feminist punk to the entire world.

Crawlers is a four-piece alt-rock band from Liverpool and Warrington. After clocking 1.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify, they signed to major record label Polydor at the start of this year. They have recently completed their first tour of North America and will tour the UK in autumn, including a night at Liverpool’s O2 Academy on 10th November. 

Mickey Callisto is a self-aware beacon of positivity who celebrates being yourself in the purest form. A new kind of popstar, he makes psychedelic, bedroom-made synth-pop bangers. 2021 saw Mickey Callisto release his first tracks ‘Destructive Love’ and ‘This Is The Real World’. Pure, unabashed tracks full of emotion, they marked Mickey out as an act to watch and already labels are taking notice.

NoSo is the project of LA-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Abby Hwong. Abby cites everything from Blood Orange, Ben Howard, ‘Born In The USA’, and 90’s k-pop as reference points. Their music grapples with the search for a sense of identity, overcoming imposter syndrome, and repressed memory. Their debut album ‘Stay Proud Of Me’ was released in July 2022, to rave reviews.

Mornings with Homotopia

Tune in live every Thursday morning during the festival for the latest news and views from Team Homotopia and friends. They’ll be speaking to festival performers, previewing events and playing their favourite songs.

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