An International Women’s Day Celebration


The team of women behind the scenes at the iconic Manchester venue The Deaf Institute have come together to present RUN THE SHOW, an empowering event showcasing the positive impact of women working in the music industry and nightlife sector across the city of Manchester.

This International Women’s Day, Wednesday 8th March, The Deaf Institute will be hosting a full day of talks, music and networking, hosted by some of the most influential and successful women & non binary people within Manchester’s live music and night time economy.

We’re lucky to live in one of the biggest cities in The UK for music and events, where women well and truly ‘Run The Show’! 

Delivering a series of daytime panel discussions, we have: Karen Boardman, Artist Manager who has successfully guided the careers of bands such as Rae Morris, LAMB, J.P Cooper and Loose Articles. Rivca Burns, an award winning events pro, working for Manchester International Festival and Sounds From The Other City to name just a few. Then we have DJ Polly, the wonder woman behind Bad B*tch Club and Loose Fit Radio spilling all the secrets of how best to start your own project in this industry. We also have Rebecca Pickles, a freelance events manager who has been a part of festivals such as Y NOT, Kendal Calling, Parklife and is now the Course Leader at BIMM Institute Manchester for BA (Hons) Event Management.

As well as panels, The Deaf Institute thought it would only be right to throw a big party afterwards! They gave party starters and local legends Loose Articles a call, fresh from their ‘Kick Like A Girl’ tour. They will be opening the after party with a live performance before they jet off to SXSW later that week. Then they have Manchester’s hottest DJ’s bringing you the tunes to dance the night away! On the line up is Hannah O’Gorman, Shimrise and Zuri who will be spinning bangers on the decks all night long.  


So what are you waiting for, why not pop over to The Deaf Institute from 2pm on Wednesday 8th March for a day of entertainment, insight and inspiration?! 

Tickets on sale now HERE

Quotes from our team…

Natalie – Club & Live Marketing Assistant: 

“We want to not only celebrate hard working people who identify women & non-binary in the music industry but also give an insight to how we got to where we are to hopefully inspire the next generation into the industry.”

Rebecca – Concert & Venue Programming Assistant

“Run The Show is about celebrating the positive impact that incredible people continue to have in the creative sector and recognising the unique perspective they offer as women and trans people. I’ve had the pleasure of working with many extraordinary people in events and entertainment and I have always learned so much from working alongside them. My hope is that this event will provide a platform for these hard working, high flying professionals to share experiences and stories, breaking down boundaries for more women and trans people to get into this industry.”

Leah – Club Programmer

“We’ve all seen the effect the pandemic and cost of living crisis has had on music & events. By holding forums and networking sessions like Run The Show it allows like-minded women and people who identify as to share their experiences and learnings. A space where we can support each other in what can be at times an incredibly stressful line of work”

Tamara – Sales and Events Manager

“As we all know, women and non-binary people can face many obstacles within this industry. At Run the Show, we’re super excited to bring together a group of inspirational people to provide insight into the industry and to network and inspire others.”

Grab a ticket now HERE