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The September issue of NARC. is out now, available from over 200 outlets across the North East. We’ve freshened up our design and our content this month, we hope you enjoy it!

Our cover feature is a focus on Last Train Home Festival; Claire Dupree talks to Sarah Wilson and Rob Irish from Darlington collective Tracks about the multi-venue festival.

This issue features stacks of previews and highlights to keep you entertained all month. Highlights include a John Akomfrah film season at Star & Shadow, Sounds of Sunderland mini-festival, The Art of Cuddling & Other Things at Alphabetti, Prison Factory Cult Circus at ARC, Studio 64 reunion at Doctor Browns and much more. 

In our newly revamped Previews section, we’ve got profiles on Allen Valleys Folk Festival and theatre maker Cora Bisset; there’s features on Berwick Film & Media Art Festival and Middlesbrough Art Weekender; plus previews of Hen Ogledd at Cobalt Studios; Tape Face at ARC; KIOKO at Westgarth Social Club; Fires of Freya single launch at Beyond Vinyl; Bonnie & The Bonnettes’ new show at Northern Stage; Casual Threats at Georgian Theatre; Mark Watson at The Witham; Three Shorts at Alphabetti; Plastic Mermaids play two gigs in the region; Women: A Cartography exhibition at Arts Centre Washington; Rob Newman at The Stand; CATALAN! at Head of Steam; When The Boat Comes In Part 2 at The Customs House; The Gathering Sounds festival; Hound of the Baskervilles at Northern Stage and Memphis Gerald’s EP launch.

September’s issue is also packed with interviews. Jordon Best talks to Aussie rock trio Camp Cope about representation, music politics and standing up for their art; Damian Robinson talks to Newcastle rock trio Dunes about the release of their debut album; Steve Spithray talks to Teesside artist collective Hun about their female-centred ethos; Claire Dupree talks to performance artist and writer Rosa Postlethwaite about her potentially controversial new show; Catharina Joubert chats with local alt. cellist and vocalist Ceitidh Mac, who releases a new single this month; Damian Robinson talks to Geordie comic Dave Johns about his new show documenting the surreality of his life; Jordon Best discovers musical treasure courtesy of Newcastle songwriter Paul Davidson’s new release as Cows Lying Down; Laura Doyle talks to freshly energised punk duo Cultdreams about their new name, exceptional recent album and old fears; Lee Hawthorn talks to Darlington rapper King Tigaro about his new release on pioneering local label Legitimate Anarchy Records; Ali Welford chats with Sunderland’s post-punk exponents Roxy Girls about their short, sharp rise to the top; Claire Dupree talks to Stockton’s metalcore five-piece Nephilim about confronting the ills of society on their debut album; Sophie Bell talks to artists involved in the Make Print Great Again exhibition which extols the virtues of print techniques within contemporary art; Damian Robinson talks to influential pop star Edwyn Collins about his eclectic new album and finding like-minded communities in the North East; and Ali Welford talks to the organisers and performers behind the Ouseburn Valley’s newest festival, Ouseburn Folk.

The Review section features live reports from Sharon Van Etten, Celeste Barber, Grace Petrie, Living Body, Ticker and loads more; there’s demo reviews of Specky Cult, Brass Monkey, Avenue, Pointy Features and Will Good & The Mattes; our newly expanded Local Releases section features reviews of singles and EPs from Nel Unlit, AXLS, Ratty & The Watchers, Shakk, EMU, Docksuns, Cortney Dixon and many more; plus there’s reviews of new album releases from Sam Fender, The Cosmic Dead, Bat For Lashes, Vivian Girls, Geist and more.

And finally…Game of Thrones actor and comedian Ben Crompton talks about his favourite horror themes in Mixtape.

Enjoy!