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Issue 47 October 2017

Welcome to Now Then. If you’ve not been here for the past 46 issues, then you have some catching up to do, but NT#47 is as good a place as any to begin. It also means our 50th issue will coincide with the start of 2018, which is presumably our subliminal nod towards the turning of the Gregorian calendar. Eyes peeled for that one when it arrives, but in the meantime, here’s a rundown of the issue.

In Localcheck, David Ewing addresses the smog hanging over us, while Tracey Reeves’ trip to Manchester Food & Drink Festival left a sweeter taste in the mouth.

Sadia Habib has been busy this month, reporting back from her seat at three productions – The Kite Runner, Our Town and Letters To Morrissey. If you’d like to write for the Stage section then please email Sadia via the address on the Stage page.

Katie Ponder’s wondrous wallflowers sit in the background. As always, you can click the button in the top left corner to see full images.

Our big interviews this month are both musical – production hotshot Jeff Mills and North West folk faves Ivan Campo.

Elsewhere in Music, DG Jones headed for the hills of Ramsbottom to chat with festival volunteers and returned with a review in mind, while Ged Camera’s visit to the Star & Garter was closer to home.

Ged also continued his reports on the suburban spoken word night, Punk In Drublic, and Word Life’s main feature sees Elizabeth Gibson’s selection of this month’s poetry submissions on the theme of ‘memories’.

Tune into the same place next month for more.

This month's articles

Mancunian to the Core

A rainy night in Manchester and yet a slice of sunshine was to be found in the form of the Moss Cider Project’s Cheese and Ciderologist…

Ivan Campo Top of the League

Percussionist, pianist and all-round music man Benjamin Atha tells us more about the world of Ivan Campo.


Producer, label owner, radio host, conceptual artist, conductor and DJ Jeff Mills has moved in all of these spheres and more while…


Katie Ponder’s artwork was brought to our attention earlier this year and we knew straight away it would look great on these here…

Localcheck Solid Air

Amongst the myriad other environmental issues that we face in our day to day lives, air pollution tends to get lost. It’s easy to forget…

Stage Preview: Hedda Gabler

Just married, and yet Hedda longs for freedom already. Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and their troubles…

Head for the Hills Unsung Heroes

We review the debut Head for the Hills, with a focus on the unsung heroes of this festival’s evolution: the volunteers.