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The November issue of NARC. magazine is out now, both in print and available digitally via Find out where to grab your physical copy using our handy map.

Our cover star is Newcastle’s experimental electronic folk artist Me Lost Me. Linsey Teggert talks to Jayne Dent about her remarkable new album. Exclusive images courtesy of Amelia Read.

This month we delve into new releases from local artists including A Whale In The Forest, Meioisis, Real Terms, Analogue Blood, Wagtail, Peace Burial At Sea, Twister and more, plus there’s live shows at Sage Gateshead, Georgian Theatre, Cluny 2, The Globe and Tyne Bank Brewery among others. We check out art exhibitions at Hatton Gallery, The Biscuit Factory, Bowes Museum, BALTIC, Arts Centre Washington, NewBridge Project, Frederick Street Gallery and The Auxiliary; there’s theatrical performances courtesy of Middlesbrough Theatre, Live Theatre and Dance City; plus stand-up comedy at The Forum and The Stand.

This month we also introduce our brand new magazine-style programme, NARC. TV, which premieres on YouTube on Thursday 5th November, find out who’s involved and what it’s all about! Interview-wise, it’s another busy month! Lee Fisher spoke to Elise and Neil Hopper from Tyneside viper jazz band House of the Black Gardinia about their new album; Jonathan Horner talks about introspective themes and sensory sounds with Newcastle-based musician Callum Pitt; Steve Spithray investigates Middlesbrough’s ever-evolving arts hub, Disgraceland; Leigh Venus talks to Byker-born artist Jimmy Turrell about his latest exhibition, reactionary art and being inspired by the Byker Wall community; Jonathan Horner finds out about Teesside songwriter JP Riggall’s ‘anxiety blues’ album, Hotel Wilderness; as Born Lippy celebrate their third birthday this month, Claire Dupree talks to co-founder Donald Jenkins about Newcastle’s celebration of all things wordy; Damian Robinson finds out what Sunderland indie rockers Plastic Glass have in store with their new single, Going Away; Dave Harper talks to Dawn Storey about the roles of community, resilience and sheer stubbornness as Pop Recs prepares to enter a new phase; Helen Redfern talks to North East poet Caroline Hardaker about her debut collection inspired by the little things that shape us every day; Ali Welford talks to Bobik’s events manager Russell Poad about their intimate Splendid Isolation gigs; Claire Dupree discusses the intrinsic links between music and visual art with Field Music’s David Brewis, who curates Paint The Town In Sound, a new exhibition at Sunderland Museum & Winter Garden; Newcastle’s electronic alt. pop band Twist Helix turn their gaze to the nefarious machinations of the music industry on their new album, Ben Lowes-Smith find out more; Beverley Knight talks to Newcastle poet Rowan McCabe about capturing a snapshot of 21st Century Britain with his doorstep poetry; art pop duo Yolcu, based between Newcastle and Istanbul, talk to Jay Moussa-Mann about finding inspiration in the emotional soul of Anatolia; Claire Dupree discovers how Gosforth Civic Theatre have strived to get live performance back on their stage; and Newcastle’s much-loved songwriter and storyteller Nev Clay talks about some of his favourite songs in Mixtape.

Our writers review demos from Ami McGuinness, Take The Night, Cait, R-Brew and Lottie Willis; new single releases from North East artists including EnemyThirty, ETHR, Xaatu, Motherland, NE Dons, Patience, Crimewave, Amelia Coburn, Envy Motel, NOPRISM, Ula Lovell and Swine Tax; plus there’s reviews of new albums from Tunng, Babeheaven, Molchat Doma, The Cribs, Ana Roxanne, Herman Dune, Hey Colossus, Faten Kanaan, Dorcha, Cabaret Voltaire, Landshapes and Ane Brun.




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