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The March 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 songwriter and ukulele virtuoso Amelia Coburn. David Saunders talks to the Middlesbrough-based artist about the weird and wonderful lyrically painted worlds conjured up on her long-awaited debut album.

In the Previews section, we check out live shows from Sunn O))), The Hives, Meatraffle, Thundercat, Roza Terenzi, Creeper, Michael Gallagher, The Early Purple, Benjamin Amos, Manga Saint Hilare, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Lande Hekt, Ozric Tentacles and more; exhibitions including Jock & John Mooney at Vane, an Open Submission exhibition at Baltic, Pink-Collar at various locations in Sunderland and Seb Trend at NGCA; stand-up comedy from MC Hammersmith at ARC/The Stand, Simon Evans at Theatre Hullabaloo, Gail Porter at Middlesbrough Town Hall, Rosie Jones at Northern Stage among others and Dom Joly at The Customs House; theatre shows It’s A Motherf**king Pleasure and Gamble at Northern Stage, Tits & Teeth at Dance City, AND: A Dance Poem at The Witham, Curious Cabaret at Hartlepool Town Hall and much more.

Interview-wise, David Saunders talks to Middlesbrough-born writer, director and performer Daniel Bye about his first solo show in seven years; Dawn Storey talks to Stockton native Saint Saviour about her new album, honesty in songwriting and an emotional hometown return; Laura Doyle talks to Moving Parts co-founder Kerrin Tatman about the magical world of puppetry ahead of the Newcastle Puppetry Festival; Tommy Robertson talks to South Shields-based singer-songwriter Jen Stevens about her hopeful and healing new release; Lena Moss chats with writer and performer Rachel Stockdale about the war against fatphobia in her highly acclaimed play, Fat Chance; Lee Fisher discovers the determination and defiance behind Sunderland musician Alison Cotton’s Engelchen project; Tom Astley discovers a deftly complex album of memories and sonic magic from South Shields producer Martin Francis Trollope; ahead of a major solo exhibition, Claire Dupree talks to North East painter Laura Lancaster about how her paintings give found imagery a new lease of life; Ali Welford talks to Allan Scorer about Little Buildings’ tenth anniversary; plus, Sarah Storer discovers themes of conflict, liberation and freedom in Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival’s extensive programme; Claire Dupree, Jason Jones, Kate Relton and Steve Spithray discover what multi-venue festival Stockton Calling has in store; and in Mixtape, Vic Watson and Simon Bewick from Bay Tales pick some of their favourite songs.

In the review section, we report from live performances by Bring Me The Horizon, John Francis Flynn, Lankum, Miles Jupp, Half Man Half Biscuit, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Róisín Murphy, GZA & Phunky Nomads, Dream Wife and more; there’s reviews of local singles and EPs by Anthony Pears, Twayn, Flowers For Juno, Metaquorum, Aaron Dinning, Faithful Johannes & Neocia, KITES, Park View, Jenny Lascelles, Bill Gateshead, Rokkari and Patrick Gosling; demo reviews of Steve Ather, Groundbird, Darren Burdis, Folding Gold and Mojave Desert Star; reviews of new releases from Yard Act, Waxahatchee, Charlie Parr, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Ghlow, Jenna Louise, Mannequin Pussy, Julia Holter, VR Sex, Moor Mother, Kim Gordon, Adrianne Lenker and more.

Enjoy!