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NARC. #130 OUT NOW!

The July issue of NARC. Magazine is available now, from over 200 outlets across the North East.

Our cover star this month is the incredible Nathalie Sterne who’s appearing at the Northern Electric festival. She speaks to Mark Corcoran-Lettice about her extraordinary electronic folk music.

As things hot up over the coming months, we get brassed off with previews of gigs by Hackney Colliery Band and the Durham Brass Festival; we take a look at upcoming events including Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee, Kevin Devine, The Old Pink House, Susan, Sunderland’s Summer Streets event, Life Model at The Free Trade, the Northern Electric Festival, Japanese psych from Junzo Suzuki, Toot Suite and much more. We also preview new releases from Meghann Clancy, Casual Threats and Kylver.

There’s a treasure trove of intriguing cultural happenings to look forward to as Emily Ingram tells you everything you need to know about the upcoming Northern Pride Festival; we cast our eye over the delights of Curious, our region’s fastest growing LGBQT event;  Louise Henry casts her eye over Gateshead’s new Q Festival; we look forward to comedy including the programme of Edinburgh Preview shows at Barnard Castle’s Witham and Cook & Ramsey at South Shields’ Custom House; in terms of theatre, we look ahead to Graham Linehan’s interpretation of The Ladykillers, Jane Eyre at Theatre Royal, and Tarantiseismic at Dance City. On the big screen we look at the Steven Spielberg retrospective at Tyneside Cinema and much, much more.

We have local interviews galore with local movers and shakers as Mark Corcoran-Lettice speaks to Daniel Baker about noise production and spoken word; we sit down with post-punk upstarts New Horror; Louise Henry talks to Harri Endersby about her debut album and, we speak to the glorious Lovely Wife about their love of experimentation and Catherina Joubert talks influence and divergence with Holy Moly & The Crackers in anticipation of their new record. Elsewhere, Steve Spithray looks ahead at the Summertyne Americana Festival which returns to Sage Gateshead this month.

From outside the region, garage rockers The Gories give Lee Fisher the lowdown ahead of their gig this month. Linsey Teggert interrogates cult pop-punkers Joyce Manor before they play Durham, and we get the skinny from folk experimentalists Woven Skull. 

In our Mixtape feature, we ask musician and promoter James Leonard Hewitson about the music that floats his boat and, as ever, we are fit to burst with reviews of new albums from Kemper Norton, Public Service Broadcasting, Arcade Fire, Lucy Rose, Integrity, Boris and many more. In the Live section, we let you know what we thought of gigs by Richard Dawson, Kraftwerk, The Pharcyde, Dead Kennedys and more.

As ever, we’ve got you covered with the best and worst single releases this month; we look at Demos from up-and-coming bands from our region and pages full of listings of great things for you to do this month.

Finally, in case you didn’t know, the North East hip-hop scene is huge at the moment. Our Get Into… feature this month is penned by Lee Hawthorn who gives you some tips on how to delve deeper into the scene.

Don’t forget, you can listen along to this month’s edition on our Soundcloud playlist below, or scan the QR code inside the magazine: