The Northern Soul Awards 2017 – a celebration of culture and enterprise in the North of England

There’s just one week left to enter The Northern Soul Awards 2017.

Our inaugural awards celebrate and recognise the organisations, associations and businesses who contribute to the dynamic and diverse identity of the North of England. The ceremony will take place on June 29, 2017 at the Hilton, Deansgate in Manchester and will be hosted by acclaimed poet and speaker Lemn Sissay.

Developed in association with Don’t Panic Events, the awards feature 27 categories. They include best venues, exhibitions, bars, restaurants, small and large businesses, productions, publishers and festivals, with a special award for the ‘Northern Soul’ of the Year. All organisations who contribute to the culture and enterprise in the North are welcome to enter. The ceremony will attract an audience in excess of 300 cultural, artistic and business professionals from across the North and will be an excellent networking experience.

The awards are a fantastic opportunity to be lauded for your work and achievements over the past 12 months – so if you have been making great things happen in the North, make sure you don’t miss The Northern Soul Awards. The awards are free to enter. All categories will be judged by an influential and respected judging panel. To enter, download the entry form here, complete and upload to the online entry system. Award entries are open until April 28, and the shortlist will be announced May 25.

The headline sponsor for The Northern Soul Awards 2017 is AKA North. They are experts in developing creative and integrated campaigns for theatre, museums and galleries, live events, education and visitor attractions, to name but a few. Established for 20 years, they are dedicated to helping clients reach the widest possible audience using a unique blend of intelligent analytics, local market knowledge and a bold, creative vision. Managing Director, Gillian Thomson-Woolley, said: “Based in Manchester and with a core Northern client base, AKA North are thrilled to be celebrating the exceptional, innovative and vibrant culture that The Northern Soul Awards represents.”

Helen Nugent, Editor of Northern Soul, said: “The North of England is an incredible part of the world, full of amazing people and inspiring work. At Northern Soul, we work to celebrate and recognise these people and organisations on a daily basis through our website. We are excited to launch the first Northern Soul Awards and bring the best of what the North has to offer to a wider audience as well as rewarding those who work, rest and play here.”

For more information on what the judges are looking for, take a look at the judging process and criteria. And if you want to know what will make your entry stand out to our judges, Don’t Panic has created a Guide to Entering Awards with further hints and tips on writing a successful entry. The awards website is

The Northern Soul Awards 2017For any further assistance on entering the awards, please contact the event manager Becky Mellor on +44 (0) 1706 828 855 or email

Click here to view the full list of categories.