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The July issue of NARC. magazine is out now, available in print from outlets across the North East, and digitally via our website.

Our cover star is charismatic Newcastle comedian Raul Kohli, who talks to Ben Lowes-Smith about his stand-up show which covers race, class and uncomfortable truths in British society. Exclusive images by Amelia Read.

In the Previews section, we check out live shows from Dragged Up, Dead Pony, Kevin Morby, Haiver, Eater, Future Static, Black Umfolosi, CLAMM, Steve Mason, BRASS Festival, The Fugitives, Soccer Mommy, Slack Bird, Julie Byrne and loads more; there’s stand-up comedy at Funny Way To Be’s Edinburgh Fringe shows, Tyne To Stand Up at Tyne Theatre & Opera House, and more; theatrical fun in Jaws (But Gay) at Alphabetti, We’re Not Going Back at Live Theatre, Theatre Space’s Summer of Shakespeare and slam poet Harry Baker at Seaton Delaval Hall; exhibitions include photographer Ian Macdonald at NGCA/Sunderland Museum, Towards New Worlds at MIMA, Steam to Green at Discovery Museum, International Zine Month at Baltic; plus 60 Years of Washington, Masala Festival and much more!

Interview-wise, Laura Doyle talks to Tommy ‘The Queer Historian’ about his play Queen of the North which looks at the oral histories of Stockton’s market, the intersection between money and class and the North/South divide; ahead of a performance at Newcastle Fringe Festival, Phoenix Atkinson chats with writer Sarah Vickers about her play Chilli Con Carne, which deals with the universal themes of love and grief; Amy McGarahan chats with South Shields-born artist Sonny Tennet about his debut album; ahead of two performances in the region, David Saunders talks to eclectic electronic music outfit Yes Plant about their apocalyptic new album which explores themes of nihilism, rage and grief; Matthew Brown talks to Consett-born comedian Elaine Robertson whose new show explores delusion, authenticity and surreal observational humour; Imogen & The Knife explains the influences and inspirations behind her debut EP; Damian Robinson talks to North East band Trunk about encapsulating their full-throttle live sound into their debut EP; plus, David Saunders checks out the extensive drama, music, comedy, magic and more on offer at Newcastle Fringe Festival and Durham Fringe Festival; Steve Spithray reveals all about our very own celebration of the region’s music scene at NARC. Fest; we talk to Ross Millard about Sunderland’s celebration of music, Summer Streets, which returns to Cliffe Park in July; and Born Lippy’s Donald Jenkins ponders if it’s still OK to go raving in your 40s…and produces a killer mixtape to prove it is!

In the review section, we report from live performances by Nora Brown, Amelia Coburn, Fat White Family, Pillow Queens, Faye MacCalman, Girls In Synthesis, Villagers and more; we review demos from North East artists Valentine Charlie, Shady Quid, The Ramellos, Bob’s Ices and Artisam; plus reviews of local singles and EP from All The Nines, NE-O, Click Chase, Liz Corney, Milne Glendinning Band, To Nowhere, Dilettante, Richie Harrison, Polyfillas, Jam Tub, Zak Younger Banks and Loren Heat; and new releases from Fashion Tips, Abbie Ozard, SOTE, Dearthworms, Griff, Joe Goddard, Salute, The Joy Hotel, Crack Cloud, Nathan Xerxes Fussell, Eliza & The Delusionals and more.

Enjoy!