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The October issue of NARC. magazine is out now – both in print and available digitally via or online at We’re thrilled to be back in print this month! Check the list of outlets on our website for details of where you can pick your copy up.

Our cover stars this month are North Shields band Hector Gannet; Damian Robinson talks to Aaron Duff about the release of the band’s debut album, which is rooted in the history, landscape and heritage of the North East.

Our pages are chock full of live events, releases and much more. Find out about new releases from The Violet Chimes, Yes Plant, Jay Moussa-Mann, LYRAS, Chloe Castro, Tom Joshua, The Agency…, The Dawdler, Sam Dickinson, Martha Hill and more, plus live gigs at The Cluny 2 and Independent. There’s arty goodness from Eston Arts Centre, Gallagher & Turner, BALTIC and BALTIC 39, Laing Art Gallery, Side Gallery and Hartlepool Art Gallery, online performances at Live Theatre and Alphabetti, live comedy at The Stand, The Forum in Darlington, Stockton’s ARC and Base Camp, plus loads more besides!

Interview-wise, Jamie Taylor talks to Sunderland-based artist Helen Schell about how art and science collide in her new exhibition; Ali Welford talks to North East musician Laurie Shepherd about writing songs of hope in troubled times; Stockton’s historic Georgian Theatre reopens for live shows this month – Tees Music Alliance’s Paul Burns and Chris Cobain tell Claire Dupree about the grand plans on their horizon; Sophie Bell chats with artist Bettie Hope, aka Slutmouth, about rejecting societal taboos through art; Chris J Allan discusses the plans for this year’s Sunderland Shorts Film Festival’s move online with Claire Dupree; Mitch Mitchell tells Tracy Hyman about the return of live performance to Prohibition Cabaret Bar’s stage; Damian Robinson talks to Rachael Whittle about unleashing Pave The Jungle’s debut EP; Claire Dupree uncovers the plans being made by the TOPH crew for this year’s TUSK Fringe festival; Jamie Taylor dives into the stacked line-up for this year’s Durham Book Festival and promoter Dave Griffiths from Fast Forward Promotions compiles our Mixtape.

In the Review section there’s demo reviews of Komputaband, The Primitive Lounge, Peter Dyers, Rainbow Road and Michael And All Angels; new releases from local artists including Suddenly We Stopped Dreaming, Men Behind The Sun, Simon Taylor, Hivemind, Firesites, Tobias Sarra, Coral Snake, MXYM, Cortney Dixon, Talk Like Tigers, Edenthorn and Butterjunk and coverage of new albums from Future Islands, Archie Brown & The Young Bucks, The Mountain Goats, Death Valley Girls, Oliver Coates, Kevin Morby, Laura Veirs, Jonsi, Emmy The Great, Mary Lattimore, Working Men’s Club and more.



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