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The start of a new year can be exciting – all those New Year’s resolutions you haven’t broken yet, the possibilities and opportunities that the coming year presents, are all waiting for you to grab them with both hands. Once they’ve finished shaking from the after effects of New Year’s Eve, of course.

What better way to begin the year then, with a look at what we’ve got coming up for you, dear Constant Readers, to help 2015 go with a bang.

January’s traditionally a quiet month, as everyone gets over their festive hangovers and moons over their depleted bank balance, but the end of the month sees our February issue released, so that’ll be something to look forward to! We’ll be chatting with indie rockers Little Comets, arty mischief maker Mark Thomas, Leeds’ rock band Hawk Eyes, techpoppers Interrobang and many more people besides.

I’m personally very excited about the release of the long-awaited new album from Modest Mouse, due to land on 3rd March. March also sees new releases from Errors (plus a Cluny gig), Seasick Steve and of Montreal, plus live gigs in the region from Yellowcard, tUnE-yArDs, Warpaint and The Tiger Lillies.

April’s a big month for us as we celebrate our 9th birthday, marked as always by the release of our annual compilation album. We’ve recently started drawing up a shortlist and…well…it’s quite long. April also sees us programming a stage at Stockton Calling, the Green Room will be awash with awesome North East musical talent, keep an eye on this here website for further line-up announcements.

The summer heralds the arrival of the festival season, and we’re already getting our thinking caps on for NARC. Fest. The multi-venue, multi-discipline, multi-headache of an event, showcasing the great and the good of North East music and beyond, takes over the Ouseburn Valley in early July.

And that’s about as far as we’ve got planning-wise, unless you count my proposed trip to Hawaii in December 2015? No, didn’t think so…

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