Image by Danielle Johnson
This month’s cover star is prolific Teesside musician Oli Heffernan. Lee Fisher spoke to Oli about egomaniacs, artistic validity and going soft, with exclusive images courtesy of Danielle Johnson.
The News section is chock full of gig previews featuring Field Music, Drifts, Martin Green, Elephant Memoirs, Swans, Goat, Il Sogno Del Marinaio Trio, Freakwater, Explosions in the Sky, Fvnerals, The Lucid Dream and more, plus local release info including Paul Liddell, Slurs and Casual Threats.
Culture-wise, there’s a heap of art and lit events throughout the region, including Durham Book Festival, Sunderland Literature Festival and Northern Design Festival. Plus there’s info on Aftermath Dislocation Principle, Broken Biscuits (which includes a gig featuring pop punkers Martha!) at Live Theatre, Juice Festival, BALTIC Live Dance events, Two Man Show at Northern Stage, Marcus Brigstocke at ARC, Seymour Mace at The Stand, Discover Middlesbrough events, plus Side Gallery announce their reopening exhibition, there’s superb exhibitions at mima, Laing Art Gallery and NewBridge Project and a brand new literature centre, The Word, opens in South Shields with an exhibition focusing on Ridley Scott’s films.
Interview-wise, Nad Khan talks rock ‘n’ roll behaviour with Yak’s Oli Burslem; Debbie Stokoe talks to folk pop songwriter James Vincent McMorrow about having the confidence to change direction; Lee Fisher was more than a little thrilled to talk to frontman Slim Cessna about religion, homoeroticism and being 50; John White talks to alt. pop songwriter Savannah Betts about the release of her new EP; Joe Fowler talks to funk and soul group Smoove & Turrell about releasing album number four; Becca Fergus talks to Mystery Jets’ Blaine Harrison about musical observations, creativity and monkey-related ambitions; Sherilyn Appleby talks to ‘pit-pop’ ten-piece DENNIS about their debut album; Lee Fisher spoke doyens of drone Stars Of The Lid about their emergence from a lengthy hiatus; and John White talks to Sunderland’s harmony-led sextet Lilliput about the release of their debut album. Taking on Mixtape duties this month is comedian John Scott, who lets us peek into his record collection.
Thought festival season was over? Think again! Lee Fisher spoke to Tusk Festival main man Lee Etherington about throwing up surprises, challenging expectations and retaining character at the annual event, which takes over Sage Gateshead this month; plus Claire Dupree finds out what’s in store at Middlesbrough’s metropolitan music festival, Twisterella.
Review-wise, we review demos by Dale Husband, Non-Fiction Books, Craig Smith, Kv$hnoodle and Adam George Brown; albums by Kate Tempest, C Duncan, Hiss Golden Messenger, American Football and more; plus single reviews of Gallery Circus, Furr, Cape Cub, Frau Pouch and more; plus there’s live reviews of Home Gathering Festival, FANS, Rat Boy, Ceiling Demons, Rattle, Sunflower Bean and more.
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