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The April issue of NARC. magazine is available now in glorious digital format! View via Issuu at www.bit.ly/narcapril or via the Magazine section of www.narcmagazine.com.

While we may find ourselves in strange circumstances, we still have a packed issue for you! The North East’s creative community are still active and in need of support, we’ll try to round up as much of the interesting and useful stuff as we can in a new feature entitled Reasons To Be Cheerful. There’s also news of new releases (and live-streaming parties!) from Badger, VENUS, Patrick Gosling and Shower of Teeth.

We celebrate our 14th birthday this month with our annual compilation album, available to download for free from www.narcmagazine.bandcamp.com and featuring AXLS, Bad Amputee, Benefits, bigfatbig, Ceitidh Mac, Cortney Dixon, Hector Gannet, Jodie Nicholson, John Dole, Kkett, Mt. Misery, No Teeth, Pit Pony and The Dawdler.

Interview-wise, Beverley Knight talks to Newcastle actor Sam Neale about the newly established Coronavirus Theatre Club, which encourages actors, writers and directors to continue to create; Ali Welford talks to Newcastle/Manchester-based duo Warm Digits about the release of their thrilling new krautophonic delight; Laura Doyle talks to Newcastle songwriter MXYM about defying classifications and expectations with his idiosyncratic sound; Claire Dupree talks to freelance theatre maker Wambui Hardcastle from Northern Stage’s Young Company; Lee Fisher spoke to Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs about short songs, glam rock and loo rolls ahead of their third album release Viscerals; Jay Moussa-Mann talks to North East playwright Scott Turnbull about his play set in an alternate-reality Teesside; Beverley Knight talks to DIY pop punks Charmpit about their brand new album; Ben Lowes-Smith chats with bassist and vocalist Jess Branney from Chester indie pop trio Peaness; Kate Murphy talks to Geordie clown, actor and cabaret performer Serena Ramsey about delving into her past and hitting the rawest nerve in her new production, Waxa Belta Helta Skelta; Elodie A. Roy talks to Welsh noise popsters Seazoo ahead of the release of their new album; Nicola Owen talks to Harriet Ghost from award-winning North East theatre company Blowin A’ Hooley about making theatre accessible to all; Damian Robinson talks to Meatraffle’s Zsa Zsa Sapien about legacy, love and creating a stir; Damian Robinson also talks to North East alt. rockers Laurens Court about the release of their new album; Helen Redfern offers some tips and thoughts about how to cope with the ongoing situation, and Phil Layton from Play Brew Co tells us about some of his favourite songs in Mixtape.

When our writers and photographers were allowed out of their houses, they reviewed some cracking live shows, find reports on Supergrass, Elvis Costello, Martha Hill, Homeboy Sandman, Jon Hopkins, Behold A Pale Horse and more. We have demo reviews of Sandy & Ziad, RiverSyde, Odin Coleman, Mr Bigfoot and 4 Mile Drive; single and EP reviews of Sophia, Julie Grant, Fowl, Sid Bano, Lazy Rave, Birdman Cult, McCormick, Paige Temperley, tiredeyes, Kenny Cadence and Sleeping on Television; plus reviews of albums by Max Bianco & The Blue Hearts, Ajimal, DMA’s, Thundercat, Gregory Porter, Bury Tomorrow, Enter Shikari, Yves Tumor, Marker Starling, Sir Richard Bishop and many more.

Keep an eye on our website for even more new content, as always! And please share the magazine with your friends!