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

This month’s cover stars are Newcastle alt. rockers Pave The Jungle. Ahead of the release of their startlingly good new EP, Waiting For Nothing, Rachael Whittle talks to Claire Dupree about the evolution of the band’s visceral sound. 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 Chiedu Oraka, Shame, Withered Hand, Jarv Is, Wargasm, GIRLI, Haiku Salut, Admiral Fallow, Sam Lee, Ten Eighty Trees, Gem Andrews, Noya Rao, Little Simz, Anna Meredith and many others. There are plenty of ways to keep yourself amused all month thanks to stand-up comedy from Gavin Webster, David Callaghan, Felt Nowt and Big Mouth Comedy Club among others; there’s theatrical wonders courtesy of The Offing, 10 Things To Do In A Small Cumbrian Town, Retake Remake!, BonBons Cabaret and more; plus exhibitions from ground-breaking artists including SJ Fuerst, Poulomi Basu, Lumiere, Pineapple Black and Eston Arts Centre.

Interview-wise, Jonathan Coll discovers how Seaham songwriter Ani Sandwith has rediscovered her love for her craft ahead of the release of her first new track in five years; Kate Relton talks to determined changemaker and powerhouse activist Chantal Herbert about championing marginalised communities and throwing a massive party into the bargain; ahead of their upcoming O2 Academy gig, Sleaford Mods’ frontman Jason Williamson talks to Cameron Wright about exhibitionism, Northern identity and living up to expectations; Nicola Owen talks to Harriet Ghost from award-winning North East theatre company Blowin A’ Hooley about making theatre accessible to all; Claire Dupree talks to Joel Thomson about the new iteration of Brave Exhibitions festival, which sets out to make connections and break boundaries; Ali Welford talks to Rebecca Lucy Taylor about her bold reinvention as Self Esteem, and the importance of putting herself first; Helen Redfern talks to writer S.L. Page about GAZE, a play about two women fighting for the right to take their place; Ali Welford talks to musical polymath Jane Weaver about expectations around her new album and getting back to the live stage; Damian Robinson finds out about the evolution of Conrad McQueen’s collaborative project The Last of The Fallen Angels; Paul Broadhead discusses career goals and musical fusion with hotly-tipped emerging songwriter Lizzie Esau; Claire Dupree chats with North East International Film Festival director Lisa-Marie Tonelli about the event which puts inclusivity and diversity at its heart; Lee Fisher talks to Boundaries Festival organiser Graeme Hopper about funding, weirdness and going full mustard; Damian Robinson talks to local songwriter Sophia about the release of her debut EP; Steve Spithray talks to Leeds-via-Hartlepool’s Venus Grrrls about their rip-roaring return; Conor Roy finds out what’s in store at the brand new Sunderland multi-venue festival, Waves; and Door-to-Door poet Rowan McCabe compiles our Mixtape.

In the Live Review section, we’ve got reports from the front row featuring Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Opus Kink, Simon Amstell, beabadoobee, Billy Nomates, Max Fosh, Adam Buxton, Fontaines DC, Plastic Mermaids and more; there’s demo reviews of Electric Circus, Nine Banks, Joe Middleton, Yung Lotus and Aaron Dinning; single and EP reviews of local artists including Don Coyote, Kristos Kabiotis, Charlie Layzell, Danica Dares, Follow, Wax Heart Sodality, President, Tino Johnson, E-Mence, Matthew Jameson and more; plus album reviews of new releases from Courtney Barnett, Irreversible Entanglements, Damon Albarn, Emma Ruth Rundle, Richard Dawson & Circle, Idles, Snail Mail, Peakes, Zuzu, Joan As Policewoman and Kills Birds.



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