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The August issue of NARC. magazine is out now, available from over 200 outlets across the North East.

Our cover stars are The Futureheads. Paul Brown talks to the newly energised Sunderland band about their sixth studio album, changing landscapes and the importance of taking time to create. Exclusive images by Amelia Read.

Find out more about the end of summer surf festival at The Cluny; Hardwick Live festival; Muma Moonshine festival; Newcastle Jazz Festival at Tyne Bank Brewery; The Spook School at The Cluny 2; Headclouds single launch at Bobiks; Gosforth Civic Theatre beer festival; Nadja at The Cluny; Blackalicious at Riverside; SIRF Fringe Festival at Georgian Theatre & The Green Room; Pottery at Head of Steam; Isle of Tyne festival at Tyne Bar; Flockfest at Doctor Browns and much more.

In the Culture section, we dive into the line-up for the 10th anniversary of Whitley Bay Film Festival, and chat with fashion designer Krista Puranen-Wilson and filmmaker Sophie Soobramanien; there’s previews of Durham Festival of Wellbeing; Billingham International Folklore Festival; Rahul Kohli at various venues; 5 Years of BLAC Outs; PUG at The Stand; The Northerner at Outstanding Art; Pick ‘N’ Mix & Peg Powler’s Summer Sizzler at Pineapple Black; Celeste Barber at Tyne Theatre & Opera House; and Forum Books concession at The Biscuit Factory; plus a Curious Festival review special featuring *gendernotincluded, Space: A Herstory and Post Popular at Alphabetti Theatre.

Interview-wise, Damian Robinson talks to alt. indie band BLOXX, about changing dynamics in the industry and connecting with their audience; Linsey Teggert talks to Newcastle-based post-rockers Dutch Elm ahead of their debut EP release; Lucy Adlington talks to Durham-based multi-instrumentalist Girl From Winter Jargon about her beguiling new single; Lee Hawthorn talks to Newcastle band Club Paradise about their new single, Twitter fame and superfans; Ali Welford talks to Sharon Van Etten about taking chances, making changes and learning from both; Claire Dupree talks to Darlington songwriter Eve Conway about pushing boundaries to find her sound; Lee Hawthorn talks to Sunderland rock band Hivemind about their new single and Academy headline show; Ben Lowes-Smith talks to songwriter and producer Harbourmaster about his new single release; Ali Welford talks to the brains behind inclusive DIY gathering Mousetival, which returns to Stockton’s Georgian Theatre this month; Matthew Wears delves into the Lindisfarne Festival line-up; Ali Welford discusses the evolution of the region’s electronic music scene with Northern Electric festival organiser Steven Chell, and in Mixtape, Sage Gateshead’s Lauren Sadler chooses her top tracks.

The Review section features demo reviews of Cave Mouth, Heist 2-11, Crux, Limbic and Rain; album reviews of releases by Sleater-Kinney, The Hold Steady, Blanck Mass, Tropical Fuck Storm and more, plus tracks by MVNGOES, J.P. Riggall, Abel Raise The Cain, Shoot Wrestler, Cosmic Circles and more, and live reports from Loudmammoth, Nadine Shah, Kkett, Pea Sea, k d lang among many more.

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