Creative projects by Abigail Ward

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New Reform Radio Show

DJ Abigail Ward takes you on a magic bus ride of selectors’ soul, disco, house, techno and pop, with a few squalid bog breaks along the way. But what HAS she been up to since last Friday? Featuring a guest mix by Manchester’s increasingly ubiquitous enfant terrible, Sulky Giro.

Vince Montana – Warp Factor II
Sam Dees – What’s It Gonna Be
Robert Palmer – Keep In Touch
John Martyn – Smiling Stranger (Instrumental)
Sade – Give It Up
Tornado Wallace – Today
ACR – Spirit Dance
Rheji Burrell & The Utopia Project – Destiny
Richard Wahnfried – Schwung
Eurythmics – Here Comes The Rain (Extended Mix)
Voilaa – Pas Bon
69 – Desire
Kerri Chandler & Joe Clausell – Escravos De Jo
Satoshi Tomiie & Arnold Jarvis – And I Loved You
Dubtribe Soundsystem – Do It Again
Martin Brodin – Badabing (Diskjokke Mix)
Kelly Lee Owens – CBM
Nami Shimada – Sunshower (1992 Version)
Avalon Emerson – Rotting Hills
Fort Romeau – Kingdoms
JS Zeiter – Radium
Scuba – This is For You (Luke Slater Short Version)
Zoo – Hard Times
Thin Lizzy – It’s Only Money
Solat feat. Billy Jones – You’re Gonna Miss Me
Johnnie Taylor – What About My Love?
Super Furry Animals – Northern Lites
Yazoo – Midnight
Womack & Womack – MBP (Missin’ Persons Bureau) (Paradise Ballroom Mix)

Suffragette City 2021

A poster for Suffragette City live stream 2021. It has a a drawn image of clasped hands and a list of DJs. It is purple and yellow.
Artwork by @bevandraws

Donation Link

Live Stream link

12 months on from one of the most magical nights out ever (and for many the last before lockdown!), Suffragette City is back as a streamed 12-hour event on Saturday March 6th live from The Refuge, Manchester and The Carlton Club, Whalley Range, both powered by Club Solo and Manchester Union Lager.

The aim is to charge you all up with the same positivity, solidarity and sheer daftness that we have always conjured on our dance-floors all whilst raising money for Saheli Asian Women’s Project, The Proud Trust’s Femolition Squad, Emmeline’s Pantry and Stockport Without Abuse. We want to show our support for these important groups who need our dollar more than ever at this difficult time.

As always, we are bringing you the best DJ talent in Manchester with a carefully crafted line-up of expert party starters playing discerning bangers across the genres.

The Refuge
12:00 – 13:00: P-Ro Jones (Lovescene)
13:00 – 14:00: Jenna G
14:00 – 15:00: Philippa Jarman
15:00 – 16:00: BB (Supernature)
16:00 – 17:00: Mix-Stress

The Carlton Club
17:00 – 17:45: Abs Ward
17:45 – 18:30: Julie Wills
18:30 – 19:15: Kath McDermott
19:15 – 20:00: Ladybeige
20:00 – 21:00: Paulette
21:00 – 22:00: Danielle Moore
22:00 – 23:00: Afrodeutsche
23:00 – midnight: aalice

Saheli Asian Women’s Project

Saheli Asian Women’s Project provides advice, information and support services to Asian women and their children fleeing domestic abuse and/or forced marriages.

The Proud Trust’s Femolition Squad

The Proud Trust is a life saving and life enhancing organisation that helps LGBT+ young people empower themselves to make a positive change for themselves, and their communities. We are supporting Femolition Squad, a group for trans feminine young people.

Emmeline’s Pantry – a foodbank with a difference

Emmeline’s Pantry is entirely volunteer led by a dedicated group of women and supporters who started out in a hallway providing clothes to women. Five years on, the foodbank now provides food, clothes, toiletries and baby items to women in need and their families.

Stockport Without Abuse

SWA is a local charity offering a range of services to help and support women, men and children who are affected by domestic abuse.

New show for Reform Radio

DJ Abigail Ward takes you on a magic bus ride of selectors’ soul, disco, reggae, house and pop, with a few squalid bog breaks along the way. But what HAS she been up to since last Friday? Featuring a guest mix by Manchester’s increasingly ubiquitous enfant terrible, Sulky Giro.

Oddisee – The Carter Barron
Oneness of Juju – African Rhythms
Little Beaver – Groove On
Feater – Blood Moon
Prince – Mountains
Jackie Mittoo – Wall Street
Dr. Alimantado – Born for a Purpose
Linton Kwesi Johnson – Inglan is a Bitch
SW2 – All 4 You
Bryan Ferry – Don’t Stop the Dance (Special 12” Mix)
Westbam feat Richard Butler – You Need The Drugs
Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Hard Boiled Babe (Charles De La Sale Mutant Disco Edit)
Brian Eno and David Byrne – The Jezebel Spirit
Soccer 96 feat Alabaster De Plume – Children Will Dance
Deepchord presents Echospace – Ghost Theory
Raven – Feeler
Burial – Street Halo
Raze – Break for Love
The KLF – 3am Eternal
Bass Line – Decay
Crazy P – Love on the Line (Unabombers Vox Mix)
Krink – Voices
Depeche Mode –World in my Eyes
Rui da Silva – Earth
Starion – Mind Funk

Gay Rave For Weight Loss

Last July I did a gig at Dance Yrself Clean at YES – a colourful queer dance party celebrating LCD Soundsystem, DFA Records, 80s pop, Chemical Brothers, Simian Mobile Disco, Robyn and the environs. It was nice for me to play outside of my comfort zone (i.e. melancholy soul that makes everyone want to cry and go home). A practice mix that I did for the night came up on shuffle recently and I ended up doing a protracted, ungainly dance-based work-out to it that I’m glad only my houseplants bore witness to.

I thought I’d share the mix with all you fitness freaks and newly-minted runners.

It starts off really big, daft and cheesy and gets quite nasty and menacing at the end – like all the best parties.

There’s an under-appreciated Annie Lennox track on there, some old DFA stuff, a track that sounds a bit like a George Michael B-side, but isn’t, some Thunderdome rave and a slice of Soulwax that I played on my 30 birthday. Back then it sounded absolutely mental – a new adventure in digital weirdness. Not sure it’s stood the test of time, but all ruddy good fun. Perversely I forgot to play any LCD!


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.

Forthcoming DJ gigs

Photo: Jen Amelia

Wed 6th – Wilson’s Social
Fri 8th – The Refuge
Sat 9th – YES
Fri 29th – The Refuge

Sun 1st – One Deck at Electrik with Vicky Maclure & Jonny Owen
Thur 5th – Hatch
Fri 6th – The Refuge
Wed 11th – British Culture Archive exhibition launch at The Refuge
Wed 18th – Wilson’s Social
Wed 19th – Hatch
Fri 27th – The Refuge

Fri 10th – The Refuge
Thur 24th – The Refuge
Thur 30th – The Refuge

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

Big Strings Attached Vol. whatever

Last year I was a given a novel called Nod by a friend. It’s a dystopian affair that tells the story of what happens in society when suddenly, over night, almost everyone loses the ability to sleep.

The blurb says: after six days of absolute sleep deprivation, psychosis will set in. After four weeks the body will die. In the interim, panic ensues and a bizarre new world arises in which those previously on the fringes of society take the lead.

When I look around me at the moment I see so many elements of Nod’s hallucinatory chaos and despair.

Nod was written by a bloke called Adrian Barnes (born in Blackpool). In an author’s note at the end of the book entitled ‘My cancer is as strange as my fiction’ he confides that as the book approached publication, he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour.

He says, ‘As both the disease and my novel progressed I began to notice eerie similarities between the two, even down to the physical similarity between the eye on the book’s cover and an image of the tumour itself, with its vein-like tendrils spreading out across my brain […] I began to see the end of everything. I was going to slowly lose the people I love, as Paul [the protagonist] did. Insomnia made the world insane to Paul, just as my damaged brain has made the world insane to me.’

In the final paragraph of the novel, the character Paul says:

So this is my final entry. Time to say goodbye to it all, to the world and all of the words I’ve loved so much. Goodbye to it all.

I go to my bed and lie down flat on my back.

Goodbye to chocolate and puppies and hard ons and old running shoes and used books and Christmas morning and crisp newspapers and babies and Coca Cola and sunburned skin and white cotton sheets and bad moods and late night eating and high speed internet and Charlie Brown and ice cream and Beatle music and Beach Boys harmonies and fruit smoothies and thrift stores and black and white photos and favourite books and cold beer and snow storms and heavy rain and meals in restaurants and arriving and departing and exhaustion and the need to piss and tiredness and bicycles and cars and kisses on the neck and stretching and arguments and water and salt and painting and shade and Dickensian waifs and waxy pine needles and hot sand and the smell of cedar and every line Shakespeare ever wrote and shaving and sore muscles and crunching ice cubes and mail boxes and popcorn in movie theatres and pay cheques and the smell of limes and


But what has this got to do with the mix of music below?

Just a feeling.

Marcus Hamblett – Vibraphone Piece

Raphael Doyle – I Come From Ireland

myageisdigital – Vanish

New Tutenkhamen – Tutankhamen Theme

Jospeh Malik  – Love Bound

Chrysta Bell & David Lynch – Swing With Me

Isabelle Mayereau – Orange Bleu

Penguin Cafe – Chapter

Jon Hassell  – Dreaming

Corinna Repp – Release Me

DJing at Ned Doheny Live

Really happy to be DJing at the Be With Records 5th birthday party with James Holroyd, Jason Boardman, Kath McDermott, Jeff O’Toole, Wet Play crew, Be With family and Piccadilly Records

DJing at Dance Yrself Clean

Tom Quaye is one of my fave artists – his ability to capture the queer zeitgeist in ridiculous memes is second to none. So I was on cloud nine when he asked me to DJ at his ace club night DANCE YRSELF CLEAN, which is a colourful, inclusive LCD Soundsystem/DFA-inspired soiree at the PINK ROOM at YES, featuring one of the best soundsystems in MCR. Join us – it’s only a fiver. I will be playing a 2-hour marathon of pop, rave and house. Make a request at your peril!

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