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The February 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 writer, activist and creative Lisette Auton, who talks to Lizzie Lovejoy about her inspirational debut novel. Images courtesy of Rob Irish.

As always, our pages are chock full of alt. music, comedy, theatre, film, art and much more! Gear up for live shows from the likes of Yes Grasshopper, LYRAS, Ross From Friends, Orchards, Kkett, Night Shop, Benjamin Amos, deathcrash, Jodie Nicholson, She Drew The Gun and loads more; there’s theatre shows including Animal Farm at Theatre Royal, Girl In The Machine at various venues, Tree and No. 9 at Alphabetti among others; plus rip-roaring comedy courtesy of Omid Djalili at Theatre Royal, Scummy Mummies and Fern Brady at Tyne Theatre & Opera House and ARC, Mark Watson at The Witham, Eddy Brimson at Laurel’s and Jamali Maddix at The Stand; alongside arty exhibitions and installations galore courtesy of The Auxiliary, Gallagher & Turner, NGCA, Workplace Foundation and more!

Interview-wise, Claire Dupree chats with some of the venues involved in week-long celebration of grassroots music, Independent Venue Week; Laura Doyle finds out more about InkyLab, the publishing company driven by the desire to showcase compelling, unique literature while also giving Northern writers a voice; Ali Welford talks to Maius Mollis and Anna Hughes, aka Northering, about their spectral folk sound; Damian Robinson chats with Mark James Hammond about venturing to new and interesting places on his new release; Maria Winter speaks to Latin and funk rock fusion artist Simon Taylor about his upcoming EP, the importance of music and his career so far; Ali Welford talks theology, chaos and their journey to self-awareness with Leeds’ noise quintet Thank; Evie Lake talks to theatre maker Luca Rutherford about how a moment of trauma led to the creation of her powerful production You Heard Me; Damian Robinson talks to Newcastle-based songwriter Ren Lawton about the mature lyricism and warm ambience on his debut release; Rendez-Vous Dances artistic director Mathieu Geffré talks to Helen Redfern about how time and space are key to contemporary dance and how spanning the years and miles can create a place where we all belong; Hope Lynes speaks to rising star Tom A Smith about his debut EP; Claire Dupree meets the young promoters who, thanks to Generator’s Create:Live project, are taking the region’s venues by storm; Jake Anderson talks to Northumberland-based cinematic folk artist Philip Jonathan about the realisation of his debut EP; ahead of a performance at Sage Gateshead this month, Jonathan Horner talks to Scottish composer and multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper about his compelling score for 1928 silent film, The Wind; comedy co-operative Felt Nowt give us some top tips of female comedians to look out for in 2022; Helen Redfern chats with director Anna Girvan about Northern Stage’s electrifying new production The Invisible Man, which explores themes of exploitation, identity and establishment power and corruption; Luke Waller discovers why Scottish folk duo Rachel Newton and Lauren MacColl have drawn inspiration from the horrors of the British witch trials for their new project, Heal & Harrow; and Boo from DJ collective Ghetec picks some of their favourite tracks.

In the Review section, we feature reports from the front row of Viagra Boys, Bill Bailey, Holiday In Tokyo, Roxy Girls, The Howl & The Hum and many more; there’s reviews of Demos by Darren Wilde & The New Dimensions, Bosko Green, L93, M4ss Production and NTGB; reviews of singles and EPs by North East artists including Eve Simpson, AXLS, Anthony Pears, Holly Rees, Sara Leilah, Motel Carnation, William Denton Wilde, Fast Blood, James Leonard Hewitson, MARQElectronica, JRM feat. Kv$hnoodle and Fiona Liquid; plus comments on new releases from Sea Power, Rolo Tomassi, Yaatri, Modern Studies, Keeley Forsyth, Cate Le Bon, Johnny Marr, White Lies, Dreamtigers, Abiodun Oyewole, Black Country New Road, Animal Collective and more.

Enjoy!

 

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