Creative projects by Abigail Ward

Month: January 2020

Forthcoming DJ gigs

Design by Stan Chow

Sat 1st – YES
Thur 13th – People’s History Museum’s 10th Birthday
Fri 21st – The Refuge

Fri 6th – Amp at HOME
Sat 7th – Suffragette City at The Refuge
Sat 13th – The Refuge
Fri 27th – The Refuge

Fri 3rd – The Refuge
Fri 10th – The Refuge
Fri 17th – The Refuge
Sat 25th – MDMA 17th Birthday Party (Private)

Please see my Twitter & Facebook for times and other details.

All DJ gigs cancelled for the foreseeable, due to Coronavirus.

DM Lab music sessions at Z-arts

DM Lab supports the development of new accessible musical instruments for Disabled musicians. Drake Music holds meetings every month, led by musician Abigail Ward, at Levi’s Studios at Z-arts, Hulme, Manchester where disabled musicians, music technologists, coders and instrument-makers gather to discuss, develop projects, have a jam, and access the recording studios.

Meetings range from small informal gatherings where work is shared and developed, to larger presentation based events and everything in between. For further information please contact

2020 dates:
Mon Jan 27
Mon Feb 24
Mon Mar 30
Mon April 27
Mon May 18
Mon June 29
Mon Jul 27

Mon Aug 24 (TBC)
Mon Sep 28 (TBC)
Mon Oct 26 (TBC)
Mon Nov 30 (TBC)
Mon Dec 14 (TBC)

Please note: Z-arts dates are cancelled due to Coronavirus.

Suffragette City 2020

Suffragette City 2019. Photo: Claire Angel

Saturday March 7th sees the return of Suffragette City – the women-led all-day music event at The Refuge, which raises money for Greater Manchester women’s charities.

At a time when refuges are suffering deep cuts and many women’s groups have to rely on self-organisation to fundraise, coming together to make a difference is more important than ever.

Last year the event raised over £3k and we hope to smash that record and enjoy coming together in the same atmosphere of love, defiance and celebration.


Curated by Rina Ladybeige (The Social Service), Chris Massey (Electriks/Sprechen), Abigail Ward (Manchester Digital Music Archive) and Kath McDermott (BBC 6 Music), the day and night event will feature the usual array of female DJ talent playing cross-genre party music for discerning dancers.

PUBLIC BAR (Free) 2pm-1am

Abigail Ward
Andrea Trout
Mix-Stress (Rebecca Never Becky)
BB (Supernature Disco)
Zoë & Leila (LIINES)
Reeshy vs Rinny
Soo Wilkinson
Alison Bell
Justine Alderman (Across The Tracks)

BASEMENT (£5 tickets) 10pm-3am

Philippa Jarman
(Homo Electric)
Disco Mums
Ladybeige (The Social Service)
Kim Lana

Artwork is by celebrated Manchester designer Stan Chow.

A limited run of t-shirts and posters featuring Stan’s artwork will be sold to raise money. T-shirts are by Applique Apparel.

The public bar will be free to enter and the basement club night will be ticketed, with all proceeds going to:

Women Asylum Seekers Together in Greater Manchester (WAST)
Emmeline’s Pantry
Keeping out Girls Safe (KOGS)
Contact Hostel


Cheque delivered to Women Asylum Seekers Together. Photo: Rina Ladybeige

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