DJ MAG have nominated Manchester’s very own Meat Free DJ’s for the ‘Best Club Event’ this year.
House, techno and glitter is what all-female collective Meat Free showcase to dance floors all over Manchester and the UK.
Meat Free residents include four girls, Alice Woods, Lucy Ironmonger, Natasha Carter and Steffi Allatt (Blasha & Allatt).
The all-female Manchester collective have been nominated for the ‘Best Club Event’ in the UK by DJ Mag.
Steffi Allatt said: “I do take it with a pinch of salt nominations like this, they aren’t indicative of what everyone’s thoughts are but to be recognised is definitely really cool.”
Previously, the collective have hosted a number of charity events including a One Love Manchester fundraiser for those affected by the Manchester attacks and a Christmas charity special, raising money for ‘Shelter’ and’ Breast Cancer Now’ using the ‘Pay What You Want’ idea.
Steffi explains the idea behind the unique name: “The reason why Meat Free is called Meat Free is not because it’s a vegetarian or lesbian night, even though there are some vegetarians and lesbians in Meat Free. Without being crude, the real reason why is because we are all women and we don’t have meat. There’s a double meaning but the reason was because we were fed up of just boring club night names. It has helped to define us and it’s a bit of a talking point as an a female collective.
“2018 will mark our five years in business, at the beginning we didn’t really know each other to start with, but now we are all really good friends.”
Last Friday, the Meat Free DJ’s played at Warehouse Project amongst some of the best DJ’s in the world including Jeff Mills, and Nina Kraviz. As well as this, last year they played a Boiler Room set in London that has had nearly 10,000 views on YouTube.
Another recent Meat Free event included a night that was created for people with learning difficulties, holding a rave which provided a safe space for people to enjoy music and dance, the event was a success and completely sold out.
Steffi continues to describe what she loves about being a part of Meat Free: “We all have our own strengths and we all allow each other to blossom, myself and Tasha look after all the bookings, all the curating of the parties and it’s really fun.”
Meat Free will be hosting a women led DJ workshop, along with female DJ collective B.L.O.O.M. The event will be beginner friendly, and is a taster session for a more permanent and regular course starting in January 2018 to encourage more women to learn how to DJ.
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The DJ Mag Best of British Awards party will be hosted on Thursday 14th December in London, the line-up includes, Hannah Wants, Mr G and Solardo.
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