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Our cover star this month is The Lake Poets. With an album of honest and raw songs running the gamut of heartache, love, anger and bewilderment to his name, David McDonald talks to Martin Longstaff about his remarkable debut album. Exclusive images by Ian West.

We’ve got all your need to keep yourself occupied this October, with a huge range of live gigs, releases and music news to enjoy including birthday celebrations for the Dun Cow (who turn one), O2 Academy (who turn 10) and Shine Like Stars at @ Ku Bar (who turn 12), Allen Valleys Folk Festival and Hartlepool Folk Festival, plus gigs from Eaves, Cast, Royal Northern Sinfonia performing the music of Star Wars, Seth Lakeman, The Space Lady, Blackalicious, Idle Violets and much more.

Culture-wise, we interview American comic Doug Stanhope, look at what’s on offer at this year’s Durham Book Festival and the Northern Design Festival, preview events across the region including People’s Republic of Poetry, Henning Wehn, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, Discover Middlesbrough, Lyn Hagan, Just Jam, Steffen Peddie and much more!

Interview-wise, we have in-depth chats with loads of interesting bands this month. Claire Dupree talks to Martin Francis Trollope about the release of The Railway Club’s seemingly ill-fated debut album; Lee Fisher donned his hazmat suit and spoke to Side and Filthy from Evil Blizzard about dub, mops and Blizzard Beer; Steve Chandra Savale talks about the making of Asian Dub Foundation’s unique soundtrack for THX 1138 with Eugenie Johnson; Ryan Gray talks to Newcastle’s own Justin Lockey about Editors’ latest record; in Sunderland’s PussyWillowFurryVenus, Claire Dupree finds a band making music without compromise; Eugenie Johnson talks to Keep Breathing’s frontman Liam Milne about the atmospheric rockers’ new single and how things are finally looking up for the band; and Lee Fisher spoke to Midwestern musician Pokey LaFarge about tradition, rhythm and natural disasters.

There are also in-depth features on the third Cassette Store Day, which takes place on Saturday 17th October – Lee Fisher spoke to three local cassette labels to ask: why? Claire Dupree chats with organisers Henry Carden and Andy Carr about the return of metropolitan music festival and conference, Twisterella; Lee Fisher speaks to Tusk Festival’s Lee Etherington about the shift to a new venue and some of the highlights of a typically promising bill; plus award-winning playwright Lee Hall tell us about his musical inspiration in the Mixtape section.

We review demos by Soviet Junk, Grey Tapes, The Relitics, Mony Tanero and Plague Rider; albums by Hey Colossus, Protomartyr, Joanna Newsom, El Vy, Deerhunter, Border Scout and more; plus singles by The Orielles, Sons of Bido Lito, The Hanging Stars among others; there’s also live reviews of Lindisfarne Festival, Welcome To Night Vale, CUZ, Autobahn, Future Islands and much more.


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