Issue 1188

19 Jun 2017
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Cassandro, the Liberace of Lucha Libre, is an exóticos wrestler – a male wrestler who performs in drag. He is currently performing in his last tour of the UK and talks to Dan Whitehead about the sport and how homophobia continues to be a problem.

Former sex workers in Hull have written a book to share their experiences of abuse, addiction and life on the streets. Six of them talk about their past lives to Julie Tomlin.

Depeche Mode are back with a new record that echoes the uncertain political climate we are living in. Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher, two-thirds of the band, discuss how, in their fifth decade of making music, the world may be the worst it has been, but there is hope.

Meanwhile, Karl Hyde wanted to find the answers to questions his children would ask him about why people were homeless. To find the answers, he is working on a live art installation project for Manchester International Festival so the public can become more aware too.

Also in the magazine, a review of the return of much-loved show Crystal Maze and Hank Marvin, lead guitarist for Cliff Richard, features in Letter to My Younger Self.