Doc/Fest.

12th - 16th June.
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This June, Sheffield Doc/Fest celebrates its 20th anniversary in style with its signature combination of public film screenings, industry events, masterclasses, discussion panels, Q&As and after parties. We are absolutely chuffed to be involved as an official media sponsor and will be curating a very special allday event as part of the festival on Saturday 15th June. In the meantime, it's worth noting that tickets are now on sale for four events at the Crucible that will undoubtedly be very popular.

On Thursday 13th June, local hero Michael Palin will discuss his experiences travelling to every corner of the planet with journalist and broadcaster Miranda Sawyer, including behind the scenes footage. On the same evening, TV comedian Adam Buxton will bring a special edition of his popular programme BUG to Sheffield, celebrating the modern music video with rare footage and hilarious excerpts from online comment threads.

Celebrating its tenth year, award-winning genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? will take to the Crucible stage on Saturday 15th June, with executive producer Alex Graham talking to one of the series directors and a celebrity who has explored their ancestry on the show. On Sunday 16th, north-east folk band The Unthanks will perform Songs from the Shipyards, a specially composed live soundtrack to Richard Fenwick's film of the same name, which tells the story of the rise and fall of the UK's shipyards. First commissioned by Newcastle's Tyneside Cinema, this should be a real audio-visual treat that will particularly appeal to fans of British Sea Power's From The Sea To the Land Beyond project, which was a great success last year.

Tickets for these events are priced between £10 and £15, with concessions available, and can be purchased directly from the Crucible Box Office. Visit sheffieldtheatres.co.uk or call 0114 249 6000.

Stay tuned to both the Now Then and Doc/Fest Facebook and Twitter channels for announcements as they are released. There is plenty more to be revealed. For now, all we'll say is that there's a reason industry delegates travel thousands of miles from over 60 countries to attend Doc/Fest.

100 Years.


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100 Years is a new project by local DJ and promoter Liam O'Shea, incorporating both a record label and a venue space. Liam is perhaps best known for his Mixed in Sheffield project, conceived as an A-Z of Sheffield music, as well his party spaces Dan Sane and Hope Works, and his solo projects under the monikor Lo Shea.

But 100 Years is a bit different, because it is a musical celebration of a non-musical centenary - that of the invention of stainless steel by Harry Brearley of the Brown-Firth research laboratory in Sheffield in 1913. The idea is to commemorate the creation of steel and its inextricable links with Sheffield through the medium of techno music.

If that link seems tenuous to you, it actually makes perfect sense. Emerging from Detroit in the 1980s, which like Sheffield was at the time deeply industrial, techno was and still is a representation of man and machine, of methodical precision and automation, and of the myriad possibilities of technology. Add to this the weight of electronic music heritage in Sheffield and you're onto a winner. In light of this, Liam himself has captured field recordings at Sheffield's famous Forgemasters steelworks and molded them into two techno tracks, 'City Steel' and 'Prang', which make up the first release on the nascent record label.

In celebration of the 100 Years project, there will be a big party on 20th April at Hope Works in Attercliffe, featuring acid techno stalwart Boddika and Trevino (f.k.a. Marcus Intalex, interviewed in this very mag many moons ago), plus residents Lo Shea and Chris Duckenfield. On the subject of Hope Works, a competition is currently ongoing to find a new resident DJ, so get in touch with Liam with a recorded mix if you are interested.

The associated 100 Years venue will also double as an art space, so if you want to get your work seen there then give them a shout. Exhibitions will be regularly rotated so that there is new work to see for each event.

You can find out more about Hope Works, Mixed in Sheffield and Seaghdha, Liam's other record label, on Facebook and the usual online channels.

Don't Spook The Horse.

26th April / Library Theatre.
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Everybody - or at least everybody worth their mettle - loves a bit of Neil Young. Known for timeless music released across multiple decades, from the classic hit 'Heart of Gold' to the seminal proto-grunge of 'Hey Hey, My My', Young has inspired countless generations of musicians. Don't Spook The Horse are a tribute act in the most accurate sense of the word; they use the same instruments as Neil and his backing band Crazy Horse, aiming to convey a good dose of the rock and roll majesty of the man himself.

Promoted by local events company FGOWI, this is sure to be a great night. Tickets are priced at £10 advance and £12 on the door.


Sharrow Lantern Carnival.

7th April.
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Every April, the streets of Sharrow are lit up with hundreds of homemade lanterns for one night only. This year that night falls on Sunday 7th April. Sharrow Lantern Carnival is all about bringing people together to create a party atmosphere, including a parade of some genuinely impressive lantern constructions, this year themed around 'roots', followed by live music in Cemetery Park.

People will congregate at Mount Pleasant Park at 7.30pm before marching to the cemetery between 8 and 9. Live music and fire spinning will take place until 10.30. For more info or to volunteer your time to make the carnival happen, take a look at the Creative Action Network website.


Now Then Beer.

Out now.
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Last year we released our first Now Then branded real ale, lovingly produced by Abbeydale Brewery. It such a success - we ended up selling over 18,000 pints in six weeks - that we've decided to do the same again, this time to celebrate the fifth birthday of this here magazine.

Now Then 5 is an American style pale ale with citrus and floral aromas and an entirely reasonable ABV of 4.1%. Although it contains a different selection of hops this time around - Cascade, Centennial and Chinook, to be precise - we expect the end result to be as refreshing and suppable as last year's creation. To find out where it is being served or to share your thoughts, get tweeting with the hashtag #nowthen5, mentioning @nowthenmag and @abbeydalebeers.

Connect The Dots.

20th April / Grain Warehouse, Victoria Quays.
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Connect the Dots is a new one-day mini-festival celebrating new media and digital technology. Taking place at the Grain Warehouse at Victoria Quays on 20th April, it will feature a host of visual arts exhibitions, indie pop-up shops, live performances and DJs. Featured artists will include Shaun Bloodworth, Mattias Jones, Elliot Holbrow and Joel Barton, while music will be taken care of by Beneath, Jack Opus, Squarehead, Miggy Manacles, Walter Ego and more. Pop-up shops will include Warp Records, First Word Records, 5ANDSEVEN, Hantu, Itchy Pig and Now Then. If you are interested in running a stall, get in touch with Dullah on abdullah[dot]alwali86[at]gmail[dot]com

Search 'Connect The Dots #1' on Facebook or visit ctdots.co.uk for more info.


Sheffield Union Events.

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The University of Sheffield Students' Union has some great events coming up on the horizon, so it would be remiss of us not to give them a tip of the cap. On Monday 29th April, wildlife expert and popular TV personality Bill Oddie will give a talk at the SU auditorium. As part of the Spring Into Nature week, Oddie will share stories and memories of his 20 years of experience hosting wildlife programmes.

Also worth a mention is Personalising The Apocalypse: Indignant Identities in a Post- Political Era (SU Auditorium, 1st May), which will encourage debate and discussion about events like the London 7/7 bombings and the Sandy Hook school shooting late last year, with informed authors Kenan Malik and Faisal Devji in attendance. Well worth a look in.


Sharrow Marrow.

268 Sharrow Vale Road.
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Sharrow Marrow is three years old this month, so we thought it fitting to print a dedication to this emporium of fresh produce. The aim of the shop is to offer the residents of Hunters Bar and Sharrow affordable, high-quality and (in many cases) locally sourced fruit and veg, on top of seasonal specialities, organic goodness and new varieties from across the globe. Nikki and the team also stock a range of tasty chutneys, artisan cheeses, herbs and spices, and other items any keen kitchen dweller couldn't live without. They can also give you plenty of culinary tips about the best varieties for different purposes.

If you are looking for an independent greengrocers with personality and flair, look no further.