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The March issue of NARC. magazine is out now in glorious digital format, available at and from the Magazine section at

Our cover stars are the glorious Bonnie & The Bonnettes; Leigh Venus is dazzled by the bite-sized foot-stomping, pant-wetting, glitter-throwing drag party which is about to be beamed straight into living rooms.

As always, there’s plenty of alternative music and culture to sink your teeth into! Previews of new releases from Cait, Dressed Like Wolves, Nel Unlit, Shakk, The Folding Desert and Craig Clark; there’s livestreamed gigs from The Globe in Newcastle featuring Los Coyote Men and Grey Tapes; stand-up comedy courtesy of Daliso Chaponda at ARC; online exhibitions courtesy of The Auxiliary; local, national and international female-identifying artists display their work in Let Us Eat Cake at PBVArts; intriguing film project Route A66: Northern Valhalla are looking for contributors; a new digital exhibition from WETDoveTail; more solo stand-up shows and weekend extravaganzas from Felt Nowt, plus loads more!

Interview-wise, Claire Dupree finds there’s much to celebrate in Middlesbrough, as Base Camp present a week-long series of events around International Women’s Day; Laura Doyle finds out about Collision & Conflict, a geolocated sound walk which brings Northumberland’s historic landscapes and the creative responses it provokes to life; Maria Winter talks to Newcastle band Don Coyote about the processes, influences and artistic decisions behind their new EP; Mollie Field delves into the songwriting talents of Sunderland’s Faye Fantarrow; Kristopher Cook finds out more about Gateshead songwriter Hannah Robinson’s self-produced EP; Ali Welford talks to folk duo Janice Burns and Jon Doran about their compelling sound and upcoming livestream show; Jay Moussa-Mann talks to North East musician Kathryn Williams about the release of her debut novel; Claire Dupree discovers connectivity and creativity is being kept alive and well thanks to a fascinating interview project, Teesside Rising; Dawn Storey talks to Stuart Rook from indie pop rock project Lux Lisbon about forcing creativity and following in the footsteps of the Beatles in his collaborative venture with Lyras’ Luke Gaul; Ali Welford uncovers the retro aesthetics and love of ‘50s torch songs at the heart of Newcastle revivalists Lovely Assistant; Mollie Field discovers the soundtrack to Lucy Nichol’s novel The Twenty Seven Club, a tale of fandom and friendship, media and mental health; Caitlin Disken talks to Chantal Herbert from Black-led feminist organisation Sister Shack about promoting womxn entrepreneurs and creatives; Claire Dupree finds out about new Teesside-based label TLR which pairs artist development with audience enjoyment; Laura Doyle talks to three artists whose new exhibition at the online Pink-Collar Gallery investigates topics of creativity and class, and The Six Twenty’s Melanie Rashbrooke talks about some of the tracks included as part of their I Made You A Playlist project for Northumberland Winter Festival.

In the Review section, there’s demo reviews of Charlotte Forman, Jvck November, Ecota, Alfie Blue and Pitmatic; reviews of new singles from North East artists including YVA, Wnter, Eyeconic, KRAiG DiEL, MXYM, Gaz Price, Mount Johnson, The Strands, Human History., Igg, Michael Gallagher and Mt. Misery; reviews of albums by Arab Strap, For Those I Love, Cathal Coughlan, Jane Weaver, Genghis Tron, Xiu Xiu, Tune-Yards, Fruit Bats, The Anchoress, Death From Above 1979, Israel Nash, The Snuts, Pet Needs, Black Spiders, Field Works, Hannah Peel, Ted Barnes, Citizen, Teeth Agency, Chad VanGaalan and Doohickey Cubicle.


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