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The 12th birthday issue of NARC. Magazine is out now, available from over 200 outlets across the North East. To celebrate our 12th birthday, we’ve compiled a free album, available to download from our Bandcamp, chock full of amazing local bands and musicians, check it out here:

This month, our cover star is Ian Black’s bizarre alter-ego SLUG, who prepares for the release of his new album HiggledyPiggledy this month, Catharina Joubert caught up with him to find out more. Exclusive pics courtesy of Idene Roozbayani.

News-wise, we cover Tigers Jaw at The Cluny; Third Time Lucky Festival; Simon Taylor at O2 Academy; Hällas at Nemix; Carnation at The Green Room; Head of Light Entertainment at Georgian Theatre; Queen Zee at Mining Institute; Joan As Police Woman at Sage Gateshead; Sugar Candy Mountain at The Cumberland Arms; Kapil Seshasayee at Little Buildings; Wonk Unit at Independent; Sad For Life Records launch at Sticky Fingers; Oilbirds at TSOne and much more.

The Culture pages are busy as always: T-Junction Poetry Festival; Bridget Christie at Gala Theatre; Nasty Women International Art Prize; profiles on dancer Vivienne Wood and artist Rachael Clewlow; This Restless State at Alphabetti; Joshua Raz exhibition at Abject Gallery; philosophy lectures at The Lit & Phil; Jonny & The Baptists at Arts Centre Washington; The Elvis Dead at ARC; Whatever Happened To Vandal Raptor? at Testt Space; DiVerse at Hope & Union, Stockton; reviews of Aakash Odedra at Dance City, The Long Journey at Holy Biscuit, The Last Ship at Northern Stage and much more.

Interview-wise, we chat with a host of diverse acts: Rebecca Gregson talks to Welsh songwriter Bryde about the release of her debut album and her mission to help women in the music industry; Mark Corcoran-Lettice finds out more about the elusive, grandiose art-rock of Dose; Sherilyn Appleby chats to Justin Lockey about the genesis of the Frightened Rabbit, Editors and Minor Victories supergroup, Mastersystem; Linsey Teggert talks to emo rockers Tiny Moving Parts about constant touring, making connections and taking a positive outlook; Steve Spithray talks to Middlesbrough’s Shrug about the release of their second album, 29 years after their debut; Dawn Storey talks to Mark James Hammond about the inspirations for his debut album and making music on his own; Linsey Teggert chats with Gateshead trio Duchess about the release of their new single; ahead of a flurry of live dates, Lee Fisher spoke to The Horse Loom about the meaning of folk and the work/life balance; Rebecca Gregson talks to Girl Ray’s Sophie Moss about chilly video shoots, touring the US and their experiences on the festival circuit; ahead of their biggest UK tour so far and the physical release of their debut album, Lee Fisher spoke to Interrobang‽ singer Dunstan Bruce about performance, activism and Loud Women; Joe Fowler previews some of the highlights of this year’s star-studded and talent-filled Gateshead International Jazz Festival and our Mixtape subject is Blank Studio’s Sam Grant.

In the Reviews section, we cover demos by Curtis Longstaff, The Endeavours, Espin Channel, Famous David, Dirty Nickers; albums and singles from Eels, Manic Street Preachers, Laura Veirs, Dylan Carlson, A Place To Bury Strangers, The Black Sheep Frederick Dickens, Waves of Dread, Mayfare, Tom ‘Mouse’ Smith, Social Room and many more; live reviews of The Handsome Family, Ikonika, Lone Taxidermist, Ghost//Signals, China Drum, At The Drive In, Tune-Yards, Gary Numan and many more, and to round it all off, we check out the artwork of Radio On – Strange Tales of Ink & Sound.

We hope you enjoy our 12th birthday edition. We thank you, as always, for your continued support over the years – here’s to the next 12!

Claire & the NARC. Team



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