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

Our cover star this month is rapper, singer and actor Kema Sikazwe, aka Kema Kay, who prepares to debut his true life story at Live Theatre. He talks to Helen Redfern about fighting racism, finding faith and discovering his time to shine.

In the News section there’s previews of Songs From Northern Britain at Georgian Theatre; Harambee Pasadia festival; Cocaine Piss at Sage Gateshead; Blue House at Head of Steam; Sad Sack at Hey Base Camp; Noisy Daughters vinyl launch at Voodoo Café; Women Are Mint festival at Cobalt Studios; Hun: The Summer One at Hit The Bar; 20 Guilders at The Old Police House; Emmy The Great at The Cluny; The View From The Futuristic Rose Trellis at BALTIC; Tropical Fuck Storm at Cobalt Studios; Kamasi Washington at Sage Gateshead and much more.

In the Culture pages we talk to Jim Moir, aka Vic Reeves, about his art exhibition at The Biscuit Factory; we find out what’s in store at this year’s Sunderland Shorts Film Festival; plus there’s Profiles on street photographers Hazel Plater and Maria Maza and artist Matt Antoniak. There’s previews of Jon Ronson at Tyne Theatre & Opera House; The Rite of Spring at Dance City; Newcastle Poetry Festival; A Thousand Splendid Suns at Northern Stage; The Write Festival at The Word; Darlington Arts Festival; Gateshead International Festival of Theatre (GIFT); Sophie Willan at The Witham; John-Luke Roberts at ARC; Revealing Women film season at Star & Shadow and new exhibition spaces The Auxiliary Warehouse in Middlesbrough and The ConTemporary in Hartlepool. We also review Chatroom at Alphabetti Theatre, Nish Kumar at Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Bilal Zafar at The Stand, Princess & The Hustler at Live Theatre, Heart of Darkness at Northern Stage and much more.

Interview-wise, Laura Doyle talks to Honeyblood’s Stina Tweeddale about going it alone on her third album; with their second collection of folk field recordings and a Newcastle launch show due this month, Lee Fisher spoke to Stick In The Wheel’s Nicola Kearey about Northumberland, ‘gatekeepers’ and being ‘radical’; Damian Robinson talks to restlessly creative musician Duncan Lloyd about his third solo album; Linsey Teggert talks to Newcastle noise rockers TANKENGINE about their debut EP; Mollie Denton chats to alt. dance pop icon Róisín Murphy about the art of collaboration; Lee Hawthorn talks to Sunderland rapper Listaa, who’s setting a solo course for stardom; Ali Welford talks to sonic experimenter John Edgar, aka The Dawdler, about the softer approach taken on his new work; Damian Robinson talks to Scott Michael Cavagan about the passions and collaborations which gave life to his debut solo album and Claire Dupree picks out the best bits of this year’s late night culture crawl, The Late Shows. Choosing our Mixtape tracks this month is DJ Mr Sayers.

In the Review section, we cover demos by Harting Hill, Box Wallet & The Roadside Shrimp, Honey, Ebb and Riding Blind. There’s album reviews of new releases from The National, Tim Hecker, Hayden Thorpe, Cate Le Bon, Holly Herndon, Imperial Wax and more. Plus reviews of new tracks from Dunes, C. Darcy, The Palps, Beanotown Secret Police, Cova Castle and more, and read reviews of live shows from The Comet Is Coming, Mark Morriss, Dylan Cartlidge, GZA, Suede and many more.




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