We’ve been really pleased with attendance at Festival of Debate events so far. Owen Jones and Shami Chakrabarti drew big crowds at the SU, but the more grassroots, community discussions have also been popular and really productive. It’s great to see so many people engaged in important topics that affect them ahead of the General Election on 7 May. There’s plenty more to come before that though, including writer and activist George Monbiot at the SU on 16 April and rapper Akala at Plug on 30 April, both interviewed in this issue. Find festival listings at festivalofdebate.com.

Believe it or not, this is our 7th birthday issue. Thanks to everyone who has worked with us in any capacity over the years. Long may it continue. We’ve got one of our favourite past featured artists, Alison Lambert, back this month. Read our interview with her. Her work continues to amaze us, four years on from her first appearance in NT#39.

Solid house and garage mix this month via local DJ Autograff.

Sam Walby