It is a big couple of months for us at Opus. Last month saw the release of our first CD, made up of tracks from past Opus Acoustics performers like Sieben and Woolly Mammoth, and this month the Now Then ale, lovingly crafted at Abbeydale Brewery, will be making its way to all your favourite boozing establishments in Sheffield and beyond.

Now Then is also celebrating, because this is our 4th birthday issue. A large and sincere ‘thank you’ has to go out to everyone who has been involved with the magazine in any capacity since April 2008 – writers, proof readers, artists, designers, photographers musicians, poets, promoters, and of course independent traders, without whom none of this would have been possible. We never dreamed that this magazine would grow as much as it has in the last four years, and long may it continue.

More and more of you are getting in touch with me to pitch ideas for articles or to comment on the content in Now Then. This is a great thing, and one of the primary reasons the mag was set up. You don’t have to be a professional writer to get involved.

Email me on sam[at]nowthenmagazine[dot]com.

This month we have interviews with American comic Doug Stanhope and folk duo A Hawk and A Hacksaw, who recently performed their re-score of classic Soviet film Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors in Sheffield. We also have an interview with local label Itchy Pig Records, and articles covering council cuts, Portland Works and high speed rail.

Artwork this month comes courtesy of the highly regarded Humanstudio, a creative agency founded in Sheffield by Nick Bax, previously a director of The Designers Republic. A pleasure indeed.