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This month’s cover stars are North Yorkshire’s Ceiling Demons. Unmasked but unmistakeable, Mark Corcoran-Lettice asks them about their astonishing debut album, Nil.

In the news section, we preview forthcoming gigs from Duds, Micah P Hinson, Juanita Stein, James Leonard Hewitson, Martin Stephenson, Roddy Woomble, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Fvnerals, Omar S, Living Body and more, plus we shine a light on Home Gathering festival and Northern Exposure’s latest club night frenzy.

In the Culture pages, Emily Ingram gets the latest on Newcastle’s finest dairy-based arts group, MILK Collective; Claire Dupree discovers a multitude of moving images, special commissions and intriguing exhibitions at this year’s Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival; Helen Redfern investigates a new home-grown theatre collective and their latest stage hit, Canary and Emily Ingram revisits the idiosyncratic artists 28:86 Collective on the cusp of their Hartlepool finale; plus there’s previews of Paul Nash at Laing Art Gallery, Before (The Line Is Lost) at ARC, Overdue at Alphabetti Theatre, Song for Armageddon at BALTIC, Eleanor Conway at The Stand plus loads more.

We also had a chat with some lovely musical bods. As they return from hiatus, Mark Corcoran-Lettice catches up with Blackflower’s Paul Fletcher; with their third album Allure of the Fallen out this month, Mark Corcoran-Lettice talks to epic death metal band Horrified; Nick Wesson gets the scoop from Zico MC ahead of his latest release Where’s Zico; iconoclastic punks Luxury talk to Mark Corcoran-Lettice ahead of the release of their new single; Becca Fergus finds out more about hotly-tipped indie rockers Anteros; Steve Spithray has a rare audience with Russell Mael of art-pop heroes Sparks; ahead of their appearance in Newcastle this month, Lee Fisher spoke to Katherine Brown – half of Rattle – about swapping guitars for drums and exploring rhythms within rhythms; with a hectic release schedule in full swing, Lee Fisher spoke to Steve Strode about the history and ethos of Cruel Nature; and Gabrielle Barkess-Kerr tells us about the delights in store at the Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music. Our Mixtape this month is chosen by Kristian Foreman from the Sunderland 2021 team, and performance artist and actress Hannah Walker tells all about the region’s theatre scene.

Review-wise, we test out the latest demos from Featuring The Delirium, Dunes, Iris Brickfield, Sutherland and Pioneers; albums by LCD Soundsystem, Amadou & Mariam, Mount Kimbie and many more; plus new tracks from Jane Weaver, Cornshed Sisters, Badger Kull and more. There are live reviews aplenty too, with reports from Brian Wilson, Manic Street Preachers, Mouses, Electric Wizard, Damo Suzuki’s Network, Holy Fuck, Old Sea Brigade and many more.

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