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The Northern Soul Awards 2017: The Winners

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The Northern Soul Awards 2017 - Clint Boon

Last night saw the launch of the inaugural Northern Soul Awards 2017 at the Hilton Deansgate in Manchester.

The awards were created to celebrate and reward exceptional culture and enterprise in the North of England, including theatres, productions, venues, businesses, galleries and many other projects and companies. From restaurant start-ups and street food vendors to fringe productions, large theatres and pioneering arts companies, the great and good of Manchester’s thriving arts and business scene donned their glad rags (there was some extremely snazzy dressers out there!) and came out in force.

Editor of Northern Soul, Helen NugentIt was a night of great laughs, with host Lemn Sissay doing a brilliant job of entertaining the audience, our Editor Helen Nugent reading out the more memorable lines from our brilliant contributors, and an extremely unforgettable line delivered by The Team at Hull UK City of Culture 2017 (a stand-out winner for the Northern Soul of the Year award), “Come to Hull, it’s not s**t anymore.” As the night drew to a close, Manchester DJ, Clint Boon took to the decks and inspired revellers to throw some great shapes on the dancefloor.

It was also an evening of great poignancy. After a heart-breaking few months – where people showed their true grit, compassion, resilience and creativity – it was fantastic to witness so many winners give rousing speeches about the importance – and prevalence – of arts and culture in our fair region.

Prizes were awarded in 22 categories for the best venues, businesses of the year, productions and festivals, with a special award for the ‘Northern Soul’ of the Year. Entries were so strong that our judges awarded Highly Commended Awards in several categories.

Congratulations to all those who entered, were shortlisted and those who won. It was a room packed full of truly Northern Souls.

Here’s our fabulous shortlist in full, along with the winners in each category.

 

The Northern Soul AwardsEXHIBITION OF THE YEAR

Winner: Museum of Science and Industry – Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond

Highly Commended: HOME – Rachel Maclean: Wot u 🙂 about?

Peoples History Museum – Ideas Worth Fighting For

Castlefield Gallery – Inside Out

The Lowry – Syzygy

Women in Print

 

GALLERY OF THE YEAR

Winner: The Lowry

Highly Commended: Castlefield GalleryThe Northern Soul Awards 2017 - Damon Fairclough and Lucy McNamara

 

MUSEUM OF THE YEAR

Winner: Lion Salt Works Museum

People’s History Museum

 

SMALL THEATRE OF THE YEAR (1-200 CAPACITY)

Winner: Hope Mill Theatre

53two

 

The Northern Soul Awards 2017LARGE THEATRE OF THE YEAR (200+CAPACITY)

Winner: The Royal Exchange Theatre

Contact Theatre

Opera House Manchester

Palace Theatre Manchester

The Dukes

The Lowry

 

The Northern Soul Awards 2017FRINGE PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR

Winner: Hope Mill Theatre – Parade

53two – When Both Sides Surrender

Cats Pyjamas Productions Ltd – Love Me Do

JB Shorts – Bi-annual Festival of Short Plays by TV Writers

Peggy Productions & Oldham Libraries – Boomtown Gals

People Zoo Productions – The Trial

Producing Participatory Public Art – LIFE BOAT

PurpleCoat Productions – The Merchant of Venice

The Horsfall at 42nd Street – HIDDEN

 

THEATRE PRODUCTION OF THE YEARThe Northern Soul Awards 2017

Winner: The Dukes – The Hobbit

53two – When Both Sides Surrender

HOME – Ghosts

Hope Mill Theatre – Hair

Theatre in the Quarter presents THE LOST BOY

 

The Northern Soul Awards 2017CINEMA OF THE YEAR

Winner: The Dukes

ODEON Printworks

 

MUSIC FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR

Winner: The Met presents Ramsbottom Festival 2016

Harrogate International Festivals

illumiNaughty – the leading light in indoor festival of music art and performance

Mouth of the Tyne Festival

The Rossendale 60’s Festival 2017 – The True Spirit of the 60’s

 

ARTS FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR

Winner: Harrogate International FestivalsThe Northern Soul Awards 2017

Buy Art Fair

illumiNaughty – the leading light in indoor festival of music art and performance

Just So Festival produced by Wild Rumpus

Manchester Science Festival produced by the Museum of Science and Industry

Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Queer Contact Festival produced by Contact

Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival

Tmesis Theatre Company – International Festival of Physical Theatre

Walk the Plank, Manchester Day 2016 – Eureka!

 

The Northern Soul Awards 2017COMEDY BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Winner: Dulcet Sounds Event Management

Frog and Bucket Comedy Club

Gag Reflex

 

SMALL MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR (1-500 CAPACITY)

Winner: The Met Bury

Low Four – An Old Granada Studios Space for Music

 

LARGE MUSIC VENUE OF THE YEAR (500+ CAPACITY)The Northern Soul Awards 2017

Winner: Royal Northern College of Music

Victoria Warehouse

 

NORTHERN PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Comma Press

Carcanet Press

The Modernist Society

 

The Northern Soul Awards 2017RESTAURANT / DINING VENUE OF THE YEAR

Winner: Manchester House

Gusto Restaurant and Bar Manchester

INDIQUE – Unique Indian Cuisine

Mowgli Street Food

The Metropolitan West Didsbury

Yard and Coop – The Home of Buttermilk Fried Chicken

 

BAR/PUB OF THE YEAR

Winner: The Pen and Pencil

The Metropolitan West Didsbury

 

The Northern Soul Awards 2017STREET FOOD BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Winner: Northern Soul Grilled Cheese

Highly Commended: The Hip Hop Chip Shop

INDIQUE – Unique Indian Cuisine

 

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (1-50 EMPLOYEES)

Winner: Wild Rumpus

AKA North

illumiNaughty – the leading light in indoor festival of music art and performanceThe Northern Soul Awards 2017

KMS Media

Maynineteen Ltd

Northern Soul Grilled Cheese

Pennine Cycles

SKV Communications

Weber Shandwick Manchester

 

The Northern Soul Awards 2017LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (50+ EMPLOYEES)

Winner: N Brown Group PLC

TransPennine Express

 

LGBT BUSINESS AWARD

Winner: Contact

Manchester Pride

 

The Northern Soul Awards 2017 - Venue of the Year - The LowryVENUE OF THE YEAR

Winner: The Lowry

53two

HOME

Royal Northern College of Music

The Met Bury

The Printworks

Victoria Warehouse

 

NORTHERN SOUL OF THE YEAR

The Team – Hull UK City of Culture 2017

 

Lemn Sissay and Clint BoonImages by Chris Payne

awards.northernsoul.me.uk/

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