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Issue 67 November 2019

Welcome to Issue 67, which arrives after a mini hiatus, and is all the more packed with the picks of Greater Manchester as a result.

We have interviews with a range of cultural voices from near and far, including photographer Simon Buckley, spoken wordsmith Desree, DJ icon Mr Scruff, Sheffield indie poppers The Seamonsters, and this month’s featured artist, Florence Blanchard.

For Localcheck, we check in with Manchester Street Poem’s activities since 2017’s MIF and look at the Scandinavian influences on modern Manchester, while elsewhere our reviews cover the usual eclectic mix of live shows and cinema.

We’re working to behind the scenes to update the Now Then platform, so will keep your eyes peeled in 2020 for exciting website news. In the meantime, enjoy the read.

This month's articles

Desree Finding a Place

We sat down with Desree to see how she is making a change and putting her stamp on the spoken word scene.

Florence Blanchard Everyday Vibrancy

You’ll find Florence Blanchard's vibrant medleys of colour and shape adorning the facades of pubs, galleries and car parks.

Live / stage review The Amazons

If it’s not frontman Thomson’s distinct flame-shock hair that caught the crowd’s attention as he came into vision, it will absolutely be…

Localcheck Manchester Street Poem

How Underworld's Manchester International Festival 2017 installation has continued to support the city's homeless and marginalised.

Mr Scruff 20 Years of Keeping It Unreal

Now Then sat down for a chat with local legend Mr Scruff to talk about DJing, Manchester, and introducing his daughter to music production

The Seamonsters How To Be Famous

A word with Sheffield indie pop band The Seamonsters about gender equality, touring and who gets to sit in the middle on long journeys.