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Issue 126 September 2018

They say you’ve got to go away to come back again, so every summer we take a much-needed break from print, only to return fresh-faced in September. And here we are.

At Opus HQ we’re starting to get excited about the relaunch of the Now Then app, which will bring magazine content to your Apple and Android thingymebobs free of charge, while also keeping the much-loved discounts and offers with your local independent traders. Coming very soon to a city near you.

While I sun myself on annual leave this issue is heading to the printers, with two solid interviews with League of Gentlemen writer Jeremy Dyson and electronic musician and composer Jlin, both of whom are coming to Sheffield this month. There are also great pieces on vegan food in Sheffield, a local metal band touring Japan, a Sheffield United fanzine with a difference, and loads more. Art comes courtesy of the supremely talented Tishk Barzanji. Read his story on page 35.

Enjoy.

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This month's articles

Localcheck Do Lunch Together

These days, it seems something new is always rising up, but austerity grinds on regardless. In the recession-hit previous decade, many new i…

Dem Blades: A Fanzine with a Difference

Ever since I was old enough to read and tribal enough to get hooked on my local football team, I've had a nagging desire to create a footbal…

Rise High: Love Among The Ruins

We're all wearily familiar with the cliches of the property developer's mock-up, the "sweeping perspectives and endless summers so beloved o…

Common Thread: A Slow Fashion Movement

If you've ever passed by Union St on the last Saturday of the month you may well have wondered what all the ecstatic faces peering out from …

Viva La Vegan

The number of people in the UK choosing to eat a plant-based diet has grown massively in recent years. According to the Vegan Society, the f…

Found Fiction: Stories That Find People

Before reading a novel, we may peruse the blurb, read reviews and thumb through the opening pages to get a gist of what the story is about. …

Sad Facts Big Facts for Smashed Up Friends

FAIR WAGES NOWShaking my head at the vast majority of so-called vegans and vegetarians who are willing to talk the big talk when it comes to…

Doomed in Japan: Kurokuma on Tour

The origins of my band, Kurokuma, are strongly linked to Japan. I'd been inspired by the Nebuta Festival while living in Aomori and wanted t…