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The August issue of NARC. is available now, from over 200 outlets free of charge across the North East.

This month’s cover stars are Teesside duo AJ Garrett and Rebecca Little, also known as Peg Powler Gallery. Claire Dupree chats with them about unpretentious art, DIY culture and gang mentality, with exclusive images by Nick Wesson.

Also this month, festival season steps up a gear with features on Lindisfarne Festival, Chase Park Festival, Harvest From The Deep, Northern Electric Festival and Jumpin’ Hot Country Cantina. There’s also info on live gigs featuring Young Legionnaire, Witching Waves, Charlie Parr, Spirit Family Reunion, PSOTY, Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts, Foreign Tides and many more.

Culture-wise, Lee Fisher speaks to Durham-born author Benjamin Myers about folk crime, violent gamekeepers and Jimmy Savile ahead of the publication of his new novel Turning Blue; Joe Fowler finds out more about an international feast of creativity demonstrating the links between the North East and Japan; David McDonald chats with the creators of Stockton’s new artist-led space The Auxiliary; and Eugenie Johnson finds out what’s in store for film buffs at this year’s Whitley Bay Film Festival. Plus there’s loads more comedy, film, dance, theatre and food!

Musically, it’s a busy ol’ month! Michael O’Neill talks to Low’s Alan Sparhawk about songwriting, the joys of recording and their forthcoming Sage Gateshead gig; John White talks to Magic Numbers’ bassist Michele Stodart about going it alone; Martin Sharman discusses emotive songwriting and vocal gymnastics with A Day In Helsinki; Linsey Teggert talks to Newcastle trio Bares about their new release; Lee Fisher spoke to Blown Out’s Mike Vest about creativity, self-doubt and nice bottles of wine; Callum Thornhill talks to Ian Barnes from The Longsands about the blues rockers’ new album; John White talks to the irrepressible Ian Parton about The Go! Team’s forthcoming Stockton gig; and Emily Ingram chats to Picnic guitarist Eddie Scott about the group’s graceful rise to fame. Plus promoter Brian Barnes tells us about his favourite records in Mixtape.

In the Review section, we feature demos by Mod-Comm81, Tyne Dock Sound Bureau, Spitfire Bullets, The Gods of Small Things and Face The Ocean; there’s album reviews of new releases from Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Wild Beasts, Lisa Hannigan, Rattle, Crystal Castles, Nao and more; plus single reviews of releases by Mouses, The Shooting Of, Cauls, Greg Genre and more. We also bring you live reviews from Asunder, Behold A Pale Horse, Rangda, Saul Williams, Sturgill Simpson and many others.

Don’t forget to listen along with this month’s issue, thanks to our handy Soundcloud playlist. The gift that just keeps on giving…


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