Abigail Ward is a queer DJ, artist and musician from Lancashire, UK.
She thrives on creating absorbing multi-genre musical road trips that are guaranteed to elicit an emotional response, be that on a dancefloor, at an art gallery or in your headphones.
Twelve years as a counter jockey in Manchester’s best-loved independent record shops, Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange and Kingbee, inspired her open-eared eclecticism. A well-schooled crate digger, she excels at stitching together oddball tunes from disparate sources and is not afraid to slice up tracks in software in pursuit of the perfect audio collage.
Her abiding musical passions include rare soundtracks, krautrock, deep soul and reggae, and she is equally at ease banging out underground house in a sweaty club, or live-streaming an ambient set from her studio in Hulme. The thread that runs through all of her musical selections is a sense of mystery, melody and a certain voodoo groove.
Also a broadcaster of some repute, Abigail has curated sets for BBC 6 Music, NTS and Reform Radio. As a presenter she is celebrated as much for her subversive badinage as for her musical choices.
Abigail is a co-founder of Suffragette City, an annual large-scale club event celebrating female, trans and non-binary DJ talent, which raises funds for local grass roots charities.
Her most recent bookings include Manchester International Festival, Manchester Psyche Fest and The Refuge, where joint-head honcho Luke Unabomber (Electric Chair, Homoelectric, Homobloc) described her thus:
‘She’s like a young Mancuso. Her selections are insanely magical. She’s got that thing. You can’t contrive that or buy or replicate it. It’s deeply esoteric and natural and perfectly balanced. One of the unsung heroes.’