Suffragette City 2019 – the basement. Photo: Rina Ladybeige

It was a real joy to co-curate a second Suffragette City event at The Refuge. What a riot! It was rammed all day and night, upstairs and down, showing how much appetite there is for women-led DJ events. I really enjoyed playing in the bar early on, and will post my mix soon.

The idea for the event started when Manchester Digital Music Archive put on a photographic exhibition at The Refuge celebrating women across all aspects of Manchester music. To close that show, we put on an all-women DJ party with help from Electriks and The Social Service, and it was a huge success. We raised a few quid for Women’s Aid and MDMArchive while we were at it.

Suffragette City 2019. Photo: Clare Angel

This year, we wanted to raise more, and so The Social Service team produced a set of specially designed t-shirts to sell, and these alone raised £965 for the Women’s Asylum Seeker’s Trust in Manchester. We raised a further £2k on the door of the basement party, which featured DJs Kath McDermott (BBC 6 Music), Kim Lana, Rina Ladybeige (The Social Service) and Danielle Moore (Crazy P).

We hope to make this an annual party! Thanks to everyone who supported, donated, promoted, danced, deejayed and wore a t-shirt.

DJ Emma Joyce. Photo: Clare Angel