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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US! We turn nine years old this month, and to celebrate we present our lovely readers with a FREE compilation album, chock full of some of the region’s top bands. Check it out here:

As always, we’ve got a packed issue for you. Our cover star this month is the inimitable SLUG; Linsey Teggert gets to the bottom of the long-awaited debut from Ian Black. Check out Ian West’s superb exclusive images.

News-wise, we’re chock full of local releases, live gigs and all manner of musicy goodness featuring Druganaut, Laura Moody, Shield Patterns, Baker Island, The Twilight Sad, Glastines, Milky Wimpshake, Fleckt Pets, Record Store Day and much more.

In the Culture section, poetry meets the X Factor in the Great Northern Slam; Stuart Maconie brings his People’s Songs to the region; we profile the region’s best burlesque stars plus there’s info on the ‘greatest show and tell on earth’ Maker Faire; Theatre Royal present a stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird; Young British Artist Georgina Starr brings her work to mima; controversial novelist Irvine Welsh is at Northern Stage; Nerd Hutch present a small press expo full of zines and independent art; pro-wrestler turned comedian Lee Kyle’s at The Stand; Field Music present another opportunity to enjoy their soundtrack to John Grierson’s Drifters at Tyneside Cinema; Peg Powler Gallery celebrate their 5th birthday; Hexham Book Festival returns, plus much more!

We couldn’t cram any more interviews into this issue if we tried (we did try!): Nad Khan talks with Whitburn native Nadine Shah about her sophomore record; Joe Fowler talks to the Godfather of funk, Mr George Clinton; Eugenie Johnson talks to Coquin Migale about playing on Mars and troubles with their unusual name; Mark Corcoran-Lettice talks to in-demand songwriter Matthew E White prior to his gig at Sage Gateshead this month; Claire Dupree’s got the lowdown on the only place to be on Easter Saturday – Stockton Calling; Megan Robinson chats with clubbing institution Shindig ahead of their 23rd anniversary party; Claire Dupree discovers the hard-hitting issues under Newcastle quintet Peculiar Disco Moves’ fun exterior; Claire also talks to indie alt. rockers The Great Curve about their new EP; there’s a full rundown on the ninth instalment of our free compilation album, featuring some of the very best North East acts; with Davina & The Vagabonds set to close out another diverse and fascinating International Jazz Festival, Lee Fisher spoke to the divine Davina Sowers and previews the best of the festival; Ryan Gray talks to Irish alt. metallers Therapy? about the making of their new record; and Claire Dupree talks to Sunderland songwriter Paul Liddell about the phenomenal success of his crowdfunded album.

Our Mixtape induces a mid-life crisis in playwright Paddy Campbell; we’ve demo reviews of Ex-Spectator, Death To Indie, Sex Generals, Joe Ramsey and Kristodulous Fleece, album reviews featuring Blur, Wire, Gallows, Drenge, Morton Valence, This Is The Kit and more, plus singles by The Artisans, Kosoti, Duke Special and more. And the live review section features reports from The Unthanks, Macbeth, Rumour Cubes, One-Man Breaking Bad and much more besides.

Enjoy! x

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