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The bumper December/January edition of NARC. is out from today, available free of charge from over 200 outlets across the North East.

Our cover stars are the supremely talented Unthanks, who speak to our very own Mr Drayton about their brand new album and UK tour. This month’s issue also includes Issue 3 of the beautiful Cuckoo Press magazine, our biannual publication that showcases the very best work by up and coming writers. Within NARC., New Writing North’s Amy Mitchell tells us more about the expansion of the Cuckoo Young Writers programme.

As ever, we’re chock full of local band releases and top gig news, get your fill of festive events and New Year treats here! Culture-wise, catch a comedy sketch show, be wowed by a video installation, head to a Christmas carnival or shopping event, enjoy a theatre show or gaze in awe at genius director/musician David Lynch’s artwork plus much more. While in Artwork By, we check out the work of Dale Anderson, aka The Dark Fabric.

We interview a plethora of amazing bands in this issue too: Lucy Adlington chats with folk musician Bridie Jackson about a very special collaboration with homelessness charity Streetwise Opera; Paul Brown discusses inspirations, collaborations and future plans with Ajimal; Nad Khan talks spiritual imagery and remix wizardry with psych rockers Temples; Peter Cumiskey bends his mind to Silver Trees’ sounds on their new EP; Teesside’s own Saint Saviour talks to Eugenie Johnson about Bill Ryder-Jones, the Manchester Camerata Orchestra and coming to terms with her musical past; Ryan Gray chats with Will Sergeant prior to Echo & The Bunnymen’s Newcastle gig; Joe Fowler dives into the wonderful world of gypsy poet and musician Gogol Bordello’s Eugene Hutz; the multi-talented Nick Talbot, aka Gravenhurst, talks to Eugenie Johnson about finding rarities, writing essays and why remastering records is bullshit; J Mascis speaks to Olivia Swash about spiritual tourism, punk and embarking upon another solo album. Plus, as Sage Gateshead celebrate their 10th anniversary, Claire Dupree finds out what’s in store this month and beyond, and playwright and comedian Ed Waugh picks his favourite tracks in Mixtape.

Review-wise, we check out demos by Debs McCoy, Miss Danby & The What, Bltp, Tighten Grip and Glenn Maltman; albums by Menace Beach, Dan Mangan & Blacksmith, Githead and more; singles by Smoove & Turrell, Serinette, Ilser among others and live reports from Lord Of The Flies, Black Lips, Johnny Marr, Legendary Shack Shakers and more.

Our next issue comes out at the end of January, but in the meantime you can keep abreast of what’s happening in the region’s musical and cultural scene on our brand new website: www.narcmagazine.com Go on over for a look, it’s pretty!

Have a great Christmas, we’ll see you in the New Year!

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