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This month’s cover star is Kristian Atkinson, co-founder of immersive cinema group Screenage Kicks, who talks to Claire Dupree about his ambitious plans for Screen Demons, the region’s first horror film festival.

We’ve plenty of musical goodness in the News section, with gigs featuring Meilyr Jones, Milk Teeth, Downtown Boys, Open Mike Eagle, Into Tomorrow’s May Day spectacular, Julien Baker, ONSIND, Palehorse, Jah Wobble, Bob Log III, Slow Club, Mouses, Barns Courtney, EAT FAST and God Damn, plus there’s info on our very own 10th birthday shindig with Tees Music Alliance and our new series of NARC. In The Park gigs at Wylam Brewery’s Palace of Arts.

Culture-wise, we delve into the wonderful world of graphic art thanks to the Wonderlands expo coming to Sunderland; and we chat with film production company Candle & Bell. Plus, further info on Newcastle Poetry Festival, art exhibitions at NGCA, BALTIC, Vane Gallery and Mining Institute; breakdancing and hip-hop culture at Playhouse Whitley Bay; animal-themed virtual reality in Hamsterley Forest; plus plenty of comedy and theatrical loveliness.

Interview-wise, we’re chocka as always! David Saunders talks to alternative Americana duo James Gray Robson & The Lovely Burn about their new EP; Mark Corcoran-Lettice discusses Tindersticks’ ongoing evolution with front man Stuart Staples; hip-hop outfit Ceiling Demons talk to Eugenie Johnson about their experimental new release; Martin Sharman reflects on The Baghdaddies astonishing 20 year career; Michael O’Neill discovers an unlikely cinematic release for anti-folk hero Adam Green; Lee Fisher spoke to Girl Sweat about chaos, trash and ripping off Jon Spencer; Claire Dupree talks to emo trio ThreadBear about their debut EP; Linsey Teggert discovers the depth of inspiration behind Hunting Game’s sound; Edinburgh rock duo Man of Moon talk to Nad Khan about the trials and tribulations of being a young band on the road; Becca Fergus talks to young musician Harry Smith about the release of his new EP; plus Paul Knox previews the 10th anniversary of late night culture crawl The Late Shows, and Michael O’Neill previews the delights on offer at this year’s Evolution Emerging festival.

Bad Taste Cru’s Paul Martin recommends some top tunes in the Mixtape section; while review-wise, we cover Grozny Penthouse, Tchotchke, Mudhorse, Mongeese and Humanfigure in the Demos section; Holy Fuck, Eagulls, Gold Panda, Carl Eaton and more in albums; plus singles by Beth Macari, Far Pacific, Cazimi, Apex and more; there’s live reports from Clint Mansell, Iris, Rolo Tomassi, Blanck Mass, Giant Sand among many others. At a loose end on a weekend? Our Something For The Weekend feature on the delights on offer in Blyth and Hebden Bridge will have you covered!

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