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Our cover star this month is prolific songwriter Kathryn Williams, who talks to Claire Dupree about her stunning new album, writing tactics and challenging projects.

Elsewhere in this issue, we preview all manner of gigs and events in the news section, including Matterhorn’s all-dayer at Durham’s Empty Shop; Fickle Friends’ appearance at Ku Bar; Coasts’ show at Independent; a party to remember at popular new venue The Old Police House; Six Organs of Admittance at The Cluny; Sly & The Family Drone at Northumberland Arms; Seun Kuti at Sage Gateshead; Waxahatchee at The Cluny, and much more.

The Culture pages burst with wonderful film, theatre, comedy and art. Ben Holland brings an exhibition of his stunning illustrations of Tyneside’s picture houses to Tyne Theatre & Opera House; Jesterval comedy festival hits BALTIC Quays; innovative theatre company Greyscale present a new production at Northern Stage; Mark Thomas brings his People’s Magna Carta to Newcastle City Library; plus there’s new exhibitions at mima and The Core, theatre at Alphabetti Theatre, comedy at Durham’s Gala, the return of literary festival Crossing The Tees, a film retreat organised by the good folks at Star & Shadow Cinema, and much more!

Interview-wise, Tom Hollingworth talks to pop songstress Meghann Clancy about her latest EP; Linsey Teggert talks to your new favourite band, Pile, about touring highs and songwriting dynamics; Becky Higgins talks to quirkily monikered rockers Andrew Jackson Jihad about genre-dodging, skateboarding and finding inspiration from unlikely sources; singer-songwriter Jake Houlsby chats with Eugenie Johnson about finding inner peace and being true to himself on his new EP; and Nad Khan chats to young rockers Violet Deep about the release of their debut EP.

Claire Dupree offers up a massive festivals round-up, featuring some of the best festivals taking place in the North East (and beyond); Emily Ingram gets into the party spirit ahead of this year’s ¡VAMOS! Festival; Lee Fisher spoke to Box Records boss Matthew Baty about DIY music, the cassette bandwagon and the ‘curse’ of running a record label; Matthew Rozeik introduces the Newcastle-based record label/zine Extreme Ultimate and Tynemouth Surf Café’s Richy Southern shows us his record collection.

In the Review section, we feature demos by Mausoleums, Ghurst, The Long Lonesome Go, Phase and Ex-Spectator, albums by Desaparecidos, Girlpool, Jenny Hval, Wolf Alice and more, plus singles featuring Gaz Coombes, Villagers, James Rooney and Courtney Barnett among others, and live reports from Thurston Moore, Nick Cave, Kingsley Chapman & The Murder, The Ted Bundy Project and much more.

Enjoy! x

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