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The October issue of NARC. magazine is out now, available in print from outlets across the North East (, and digitally via Issuu –

This month’s cover star is baroque pop artist Ruth Lyon, who talks to Jay Moussa-Mann about her debut solo EP, being a pioneering voice for young disabled people and how perfection is overrated. Exclusive images by Amelia Read.

As always, our pages are chock full of alternative music, theatre, comedy, art, film and much more. Check out live gigs courtesy of Ceschi, Do Nothing, Me Lost Me, Kema Kay & Kay Greyson, Beabadoobee, Grandma’s House, Plastic Mermaids, The Agency…, North East Women in Soul Music, Gender Roles, LYR, The Old Pink House, Billy Nomates and more. There’s stand-up comedy from Shazia Mirza, Adam Buxton, Bethany Black, Simon Amstell and Max Fosh plus comedy festivals in Newcastle and Stockton; art exhibitions including HOME at ARC, Juliet E P Gibbs at Biscuit Factory, Phyllis Christopher at BALTIC and NewBridge Project throw open their doors in Shieldfield; enjoy thrilling dance performances at Dance City, intriguing tales in Braids and Cheer Up Slug at Live Theatre, Road at Northern Stage, hang at Alphabetti and Janet Plater’s play Haddock & Chips at venues across the region, among many others.

Interview-wise, Damian Robinson talks to Newcastle-based pianist and songwriter Jenny Lascelles about forging a new direction on her latest release; Claire Dupree dives into Durham Book Festival’s hybrid event which places accessibility and diversity at its heart; featuring members of local favourites Martha, ONSIND and Tigercats, Fortitude Valley finally unveil their debut album this month, Damian Robinson chats with Laura Kovic about the band’s much-anticipated release; Michael O’Neill finds out how a period of enforced creativity led to Lauran Hibberd’s most accomplished work yet; Tracy Hyman talks to Louisa Roach about how the unique social and political climate has resulted in She Drew The Gun’s determined new album; Claire Dupree talks to Fertile Ground’s co-artistic directors Renaud Wiser and Malgorzata Dzierzon about their new multi-disciplinary dance works which fuse fantasy and reality; Laura Doyle talks to Walt Disco’s vocalist James Potter about personal journeys and the thrill of their glam-pop sounds; Claire Dupree talks to Martha Hill about Women Are Mint, the three week-long festival which celebrates female and non-binary musical talent; Ben Lowes-Smith talks to prolific Teesside musician Oli Heffernan about his multitude of upcoming releases; Jay Moussa-Mann chats with soulful emerging songwriter Nadedja about her daring new release; Claire Dupree talks to Andy Carr about the delights on offer at Middlesbrough’s multi-venue festival Twisterella; James F. Anderson discovers the Sunderland Shorts Film Festival are big on ideas in their sixth year; and Lisa Lovebucket from The Red Room cabaret talks about some of her favourite tunes.

In the Live Review section, we’ve got reports from the front row featuring Club Six Twenty, Shine, The Magpies, Arab Strap, Jarpsy, Don Coyote, Black Honey, I See Islands, Waxa Belta Helta Skelta and more; there’s demo reviews of Jack Aaron Greensmith, M Data, Vibetank, Third Bloom and Isabel Maria; reviews of singles by North East artists including Crux, Ren Lawton, The Moth Trust, Scrug, Kieldfal, Last of the Fallen Angels, Floral Detectives, Weekend Faithful, Gwailo, Arcade Skies, Church Honey and Philip Jonathan; and new album releases from Deerhoof, Vanishing Twin, Self Esteem, Liily, Don Broco, Archie Brown & The Young Bucks, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Sun Atoms, Clinic, Hayden Thorpe, BADBADNOTGOOD, Shannon Lay and more.



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