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The May issue of NARC. Magazine is out now in glorious digital format – available at and from the Magazine section of

This month we celebrate the launch of the second series of NARC. TV! The second series of our magazine-style programmes featuring live performances and interviews from local artists kicks off on YouTube this month, co-producers and presenters Claire Dupree and David Saunders explain what’s coming up.

With the return of live in-person shows, our Highlights section is chock full of music, comedy, theatre, art exhibitions and more, including Holly & The Reivers, Mark Morriss, Nadedja, Floral Detectives, Helen McCookerybook, Simon Pell, The Suggestibles, Spaghetti Factory, Julie Grady Thomas, David Hadingham and much more.

There’s also news on new releases from Paul Handyside, Arcade Skies, Nomad Anthem and Ten Eighty Trees; live shows courtesy of Ocean Floor, The Lulas, Honeyflux, Finn Forster, Sophia, Alfie Blue, Hannah White, Hivemind, ABNORM, Dyskinetic, SL Walkinshaw and loads more; check out art exhibitions at the newly reopened Laing Art Gallery, The Auxiliary, Eston Arts Centre and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art; there’s online dance performances and stage performances plus a unique installation at Washington Old Hall.

Interview-wise, Ali Welford talks to Amy Holford – aka YVA – about her debut EP, dominated by shadowy algorithms, impenetrable online bubbles and rampant hyper-commercialism; Jon Horner finds out about Newcastle independent theatre Alphabetti’s first show of their Spring season; Jonathan Coll talks to Newcastle’s dance music powerhouse Geoff Kirkwood, aka Man Power, about Me Me Me’s Summer Sit-In; Conor Roy talks to North East promoter Famous Last Words about the return of MUNRO, a weekend feast of live music; Steve Spithray talks to JK Sands (aka MWB) about how he turned his complex tapestry of grief and personal trauma into a spellbinding new album; Linsey Teggert talks to multi-talented Northumberland-based musician The Shooting Of about finding the time to create, the duality of his sound and not taking himself too seriously; Charlie Mansergh talks to multimedia artist thatwhichcrawls about his new album, patterns found in nature and his preoccupation with techno-animism; Louise Henry talks to Martha Hill about Women Are Mint, the weekend-long celebration of female talent, and why it’s needed now more than ever; ahead of her live show at The Georgian Theatre, Damian Robinson talks to multi-faceted artist Zoe Mead about the nuances of Wyldest’s latest album, Monthly Friend; and Rob Heron, events manager at The Globe in Newcastle and all-round musical maestro, gives us an insight into his record collection in Mixtape.

In the Review section, we cover demos by 451Pyro, Sarah Johnsone, Nat Berry, Adam George Brown and JoySmith; there’s reviews of singles and EPs by local artists including Half, McCormick, Tom Hancock, Paige Temperley, Philip Johnathan, Scott Free, Jister, Trunky Juno, Psychic Death, He Knows She Knows, Jack Fox and Lazy Baker; and reviews of albums by St. Vincent, The Shooting Of, Soiled/Marcus H, Kele, Reigning Sound, Sons of Kemet, Nadja, Mdou Moctar, FACS, TEKE::TEKE, Yoo Doo Right, PACKS, Roddy Woomble, Lambchop, Band of Holy Joy, Squid, The Chills, Lou Barlow, Iceage, Buffet Lunch and Rose City Band.



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