Abigail Ward

Musician, DJ, and Podcaster in Manchester, United Kingdom

Abigail Ward

Musician, DJ, and Podcaster in Manchester, United Kingdom

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I’m a musician, curator, DJ, producer and podcaster.

I work regularly as a freelance project manager for Drake Music – a charity that opens up access to music for Disabled people of all ages.

I’m also a co-founder of Manchester Digital Music Archive – an online crowd-sourced archive established to celebrate Greater Manchester music and its social history.

I was recently awarded a Developing Your Creative Practice grant by Arts Council England, which will allow me to take risks and experiment more as a musician, songwriter and performer.

I’ve been DJing since 2008. In March I opened up for Doves at Warrington Parr Hall – their first gig in a decade.

My work as an audio producer includes:

Not Going Shopping, an audio documentary commissioned by Manchester Pride marking 30 years since the enactment of Section 28

The Lapsed Clubber Audio Map, a creative podcast tracking the rave scene in Manchester, commissioned by Manchester Metropolitan University

Unity is Strength, a podcast about Manchester & Salford Women's TUC, commissioned by Greater Manchester Combined Authority

I also curate exhibitions and events, usually with a strong community focus.

I recently acted as Consultant Curator on New Order’s box set re-release of their debut album, Movement.

Other clients include: Boiler Room, NTS Radio, Manchester Metropolitan University, Imperial War Museum North, Manchester Academy, The Refuge, The Lowry, Manchester Pride, People’s History Museum, University of Manchester, Liverpool John Moores University, Red Bull Music Academy.

Selected exhibitions:

We Are Dynamite! Rock Against Racism 40th Anniversary exhibition at NIAMOS

Queer Noise: The History of LGBT+ Music and Club Culture in Manchester at People’s History Museum

Defining Me: Musical Adventures in Mcr – a major exhibition exploring music & identity at The Lowry

Moss Side Stories: an online exhibition celebrating music and club life in Moss Side & Hulme

Selected public speaking engagements:

– Queer Noise: The History of LGBT+ Music and Club Culture in Manchester, University of Salford
– It’s Alright: A Celebration of Manchester’s Rave Heritage 1985-1995, Manchester Metropolitan University
– We Make Music Inclusive Music Festival, Amnesty International, London
– Connecting Communities Conference, University of Leeds
– Putting Women Upfront, Women in Music panel, Ladyfest, Islington Mill
– Jon Savage & Abigail Ward – In Conversation event, Bird’s Nest Cafe, Shrewsbury

Contact: [email protected]

  • Work
    • Musician
  • Education
    • School of Sound Recording