It’s that time again, when we take a break from print so we can come back stronger in September. We’ll still be online in July and August with plenty of art and local writing. But first, we present what we believe is our best issue for a good while…

Art comes courtesy of Manchester-born, New York based oil painter Richard Combes, whose work we’ve been eyeing up since we saw it in the flesh at Snig Hill Gallery back in December. It’s a pleasure to put the work of such an incredibly accomplished artist on our pages and once again it’s great to shake things up with a completely different style. Read our interview with him for an insight into his work.

Ahead of this year’s Doc/Fest, which kicks off on 12th June, we have secured interviews with Sheffield legend and intrepid traveller Michael Palin and Northumberland folk collective The Unthanks, who turned out to be lovely people with plenty to say. What are the chances? Take a look at our Filmreel section for our pick of the Doc/Fest programme. There’s so much going on that it would be impossible to squeeze it all in, so if you’re interested then take a look at sheffdocfest.com.


As part of our media partnership with Doc/Fest, we are pleased to finally be able to announce our collaborative event, Spirit of ‘45 Day on Saturday 15th June. Taking place at Queen’s Social Club from 2pm till 1am, we will be screening the new Ken Loach documentary The Spirit of ‘45, a live score of the 1929 silent film Drifters by beatboxer Jason Singh, poetry from teacher-turned-rap battler Mark Grist, music from Manchester trio Age of Glass and Leonie Evans, film installations from Exploding Cinema and much more. It’s shaping up to be an amazing event and an utter bargain at £2 before 7pm and £5 after. Search Spirit of ‘45 Day on Facebook for the low-down.