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

For our cover feature, Jonathan Coll talks to comedian Lauren Pattison about her five-night curatorial debut at Alphabetti, spotlighting trailblazing new comics and her passion for the North East.

We highlight a plethora of interesting events across the region, including live gigs from X Ray Cat Trio, Warmduscher, The Magpies and more, plus comedy from Lee Kyle, extraordinary slam poets at Great Northern Slam, amazing art exhibitions and much more.

We’ve got previews of BABii at Cobalt Studios, Wanted at Customs House, the accident did not take place at ARC, Bryan Ferry at O2 City Hall, TANKENGINE at Little Buildings, The Delightful Sausage at Northern Stage, Hip-Hop Unplugged at Alphabetti, Trunky Juno at Bobik’s, 40 Kola Comedy Rola at Alphabetti, Athletico Mince at Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Blossoms at O2 Academy, Jessica Fostekew at ARC and Gala Theatre, Lucy Wainwright Roche at Old Cinema Launderette, The Art of Atomhawk at Great North Museum: Hancock, Pete Wylie at The Cluny and Georgian Theatre, Harry Baker at Forum Music Centre, Laura Harrington’s Fieldworking at Tyneside Cinema, plus an interview with Allan Scorer from the newly rejuvenated Little Buildings, and much more besides.

Interview-wise, Helen Redfern talks to some of the theatre makers involved in this year’s Elevator Festival and discovers a wealth of new voices clamouring to be heard; Eugenie Johnson dives into the eclectic and multicultural mix on offer at Sage Gateshead’s jazz festival; Claire Dupree talks to promoter Heather Story about Base Camp’s creative and empowering contribution to International Women’s Day, GRL; Damian Robinson chats to Noisettes singer and bassist Shingai about being genre-fluid, her forthcoming show in Newcastle and the importance of listening to the local scene; Linsey Teggert talks to Tyneside musician Jango Flash about stepping out of his comfort zone to debut his extraordinary sound; ahead of their latest album Unending Futility, Newcastle quintet Live Burial talk evolution and inspiration with Mark Corcoran-Lettice; Laura Doyle talks to Sunderland trio Post Rome looking to make their mark in the region’s alt. rock scene; Damian Robinson talks to the recently renamed Newcastle trio Shallow (ex-Creature) about experimenting with new horizons; Beverley Knight talks to Newcastle rock trio Sing Again Syren, intent on rewriting the rules with their debut EP; Leigh Venus discovers cinematic treats on offer at the Tyne Valley film festival and The Kids Are Solid Gold’s Andy Carr picks out some tracks by bands performing at the NXTGN all-dayer in Mixtape.

We’ve got live reports from Rachael Dadd, Paddy Steer, Gruff Rhys, 2 Clowns 1 Cup, The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff, Ed Byrne, Josie Long and more. There’s demo reviews of Holiday In Tokyo, Sam Shields, Darren Holmes, J B Butterfield and Paco Emilio; reviews of singles by Lang Wild, Michael Gallagher, Ceitidh Mac, Salsola, Smoove, Ren Lawton, Sleeptape, Chain the Phoenix and many more; plus reviews of new releases from Waxahatchee, Little Dragon, Stephen Malkmus, Mute Duo, Sorry, Half Waif, U.S. Girls and Catholic Action among others.

Enjoy!