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Our bumper 64 page issue is crammed full of even more delights than usual!

To celebrate our 10th birthday we offer up a free album download featuring some of the cream of the North East crop! Head over to our Bandcamp page: to download your FREE copy! Here’s who’s included on this year’s compilation: Drifts, Pentecostal Party, A Festival A Parade, The Shooting Of, Ditte Elly, Joy Atlas, Massa Confusa, Shields, ako, Casual Threats, The Welcome Party, Jister & The Lion Ranger, Nano Kino, Be Quiet Shout Loud!, Rhys Patterson, Velvoir and Kylver.

Read about local releases and some amazing gigs in the News section from The Vryll Society, Mark Lanegan, Blanck Mass, Skull Puppies, Dan Sartain, Ilser and many more.

The Culture section features an interview with Iris playwright Alison Carr; new LGBT play Community playwright Scott Davies; and Tyneside Cinema’s commander in chief Mark Dobson; plus features on T-Junction Poetry Festival, Hexham Book Festival, Avenue Q, Mark Thomas, Gein’s Family Giftshop, Lee Kyle, Vinyl Icons, Speakeasy Cinema, Maker Faire and much more!

Interview-wise, Nad Khan talks to Chad Male about Cape Cub’s growing reputation; Nick Wesson talks to alt. rockers Boy Jumps Ship about the release of their debut album; Lee Fisher spoke to Shonen Knife’s Naoko about calabash, Lemmy and what it takes to keep rocking; Eugenie Johnson discusses Dansi’s long-awaited debut EP; Linsey Teggert talks 90s indie with Newcastle alt. pop duo Slurs; Lee Fisher asks Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb about life cycles, jazz and edible paint; David Saunders talks to Hartlepudlian indie rockers Shoot The Poet about their debut EP; Paul Broadhead speaks to Richmond Fontaine’s Willy Vlautin about his eclectic career; Mark Corcoran-Lettice chats to Super Furry Animal Cian Cairen about getting back out on the road; Lee Fisher prods Future of the Left’s Andy Falkous with a couple of well-chosen pointy sticks; Joe Fowler previews the eclectic line-up of this year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival; we debate the ‘for’ and ‘against’ arguments of Record Store Day and Independent’s Ben Wall picks through his record collection in Mixtape. We introduce a new feature called Something For The Weekend, where we aim to solve all your weekend boredom woes!

We review demos by James Fawdon, Alter Cosmos, Gr4ce, Life Amongst Wolves and European Mothers; albums from Frightened Rabbit, Mogwai, PJ Harvey and more, plus singles by Hazels, Nano Kino, Keep Breathing and more plus there’s live reviews of Emmy The Great, Heck, Sonic Jesus, Louis Barabbas and many more.

Help us celebrate our birthday at a handful of gigs across the region: Friday 8th April @ Pop Recs, Sunderland featuring A Festival, A Parade, Rhys Patterson & Cape Cub; Friday 15th April @ Northern Stage, Newcastle featuring Young Liar, Kingsley Chapman & The Murder, Transfigure & live visuals from iCoda; Saturday 30th April @ Mining Institute, Newcastle featuring Kathryn Williams, Ditte Elly & Astrid Williamson; Friday 6th May @ Georgian Theatre, Stockton featuring Abel Raise The Cain, Nano Kino and more TBA!

It just remains for us to say, from the whole NARC. team, how much we value your support. We do this for the love of the region’s cultural scene, and the many and varied musicians, artists, filmmakers, comedians and writers – the work of the makers, doers and thinkers that we believe sets our region apart; NARC. exists because there is so much wonderful creativity in the North East, and we have to document it. Simple as that. So really, it’s all for you, dear Constant Readers. Without you, we are nothing.

Enjoy, and thank you.


PS. Don’t forget you can listen along with this month’s issue, thanks to our Soundcloud playlist!

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