The Event

2018's Northern Soul Awards will be held at the iconic Manchester Cathedral. The history and setting of this medieval building means we’re all set for an incredible experience.

The stage will be in front of the medieval frontage and the organ and guests will enter through the west entrance which is closed to the public normally. But it’s where the Queen enters when she visits…

The awards will begin with a welcome drinks reception served in the beautiful regimental chapel, followed by a three-course dinner.

Regimental Chapel, Manchester Cathedral

Dinner will be followed with the awards ceremony and a DJ set until midnight. The official after party will be hosted at Alston’s Bar and Beef in Manchester’s Corn Exchange – the venue has a large selection on gins available in their bar, as well as a number of their own gin infusions.






6:30pm - Drinks Reception

7:15pm - Welcome Speeches

7:30pm - Dinner

9:30pm - Awards

Dress Code: Dress to impress


2018 Timeline


Awards Launch


Deadline for all Entries


Judging Session


Shortlist Announced

15 NOV

Awards Ceremony


 The Venue - Manchester Cathedral


Manchester Cathedral, image by Chris Payne

Manchester Cathedral has been centre stage in its city’s history for nearly 600 years. In 1421 Henry V signed a royal charter granting permission for a collegiate church to be built.

There are medieval quires and ancient archives, bees on the roof and kangaroos carved on thrones, choristers running to practice and artists drawing in aisles. Classical music concerts served with coffee and wines fairs set to jazz.

Do not miss one of the most interesting churches in the land at the heart of one of the most exciting cities on Earth.

How to get to the Cathedral

By public transport For a fully searchable comprehensive database of all Public Transport Journeys into and out of Manchester visit the GMPTE Journey Planner.

By car
Travelling from the North and East
M62 - leave by junction 17 (A56)

This is a main road passing the Cathedral and is signposted for Manchester City Centre etc. Travel along this road for approximately 5 miles. When you pass Manchester Arena the Cathedral is under the bridge on the left.

Travelling from the South and West M6 - M62 - M602

Take the left turn into Deansgate and continue to the end - the Cathedral is on the right.

By Train

Plan your journey with Transpennine Express.

By Metrolink

The nearest Metrolink stations are Manchester Victoria and Exchange Square.


There are no car parking spaces available at the Cathedral.

The nearest car park is Q-Park Deansgate North which is located at 2 Chapel Street, Manchester, just a few minutes walk away

Key Note Speaker

Joanne Roney

Joanne Roney

Joanne has been the chief executive of Manchester City Council since April 2017.  She was previously chief executive of Wakefield Metropolitan Borough Council, where she held the top post from 2008.

Her career started in local government as an apprentice with Birmingham City Council at 16 and has a strong track record in transforming public services and delivering major regeneration initiatives such as the Hepworth Gallery Wakefield and Parkhill Housing in Sheffield.  Joanne has also previously worked as Director of Housing at Kirklees Council and Executive Director with responsibility for housing, communities and adult care services at Sheffield City Council.  She has a long-standing career in housing and local government and is a Fellow of CIH and a regular contributor to Inside Housing.

Joanne is a Trustee of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, established in the wake of the Manchester Arena attack, to provide financial support to victims and families affected.

Joanne was awarded the OBE for services to local government in 2009.