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

Our cover stars this month are new music collective NEWISM; Hope Lynes speaks to Georgia May, FALLU, Kate Bond, Frankie Jobling and promoter Pippa Morgan about the region’s neo-soul scene and the importance of supportive networks. Exclusive images by Amelia Read.

Also this month, there’s gigs aplenty courtesy of NXTGN, This is the Kit, The Chats, Orlando Weeks, Fatherson, Club Paradise, Supersuckers and loads more; plus comedy from Bobby Mair, Reginald D Hunter and Felt Nowt’s Tyne To Stand Up showcase of female comedians; theatre courtesy of Red Ellen, Black Is The Color Of My Voice, Overflow, Wor Bella and Eng-er-land; arty diversions at National Glass Centre, Auckland Project and more.

Interview-wise, our pages are packed full of interesting people and projects. Ahead of a show in Newcastle this month, Sara Jane Perovic meets famed folk singer, feminist and political activist, Peggy Seeger; Cameron Wright talks to bass virtuoso Thundercat about the importance of humanity and reflective depth; Damian Robinson chats with North East alt. punks One Million Motors about their political and angst-filled new EP; ahead of Northern Tape’s new release and a weekend of live shows, Jake Anderson talks to Steven Chell about the importance of supporting niche genres; after a tough 18 months, TUSK is re-emerging this month with an exciting new event – Lee Fisher spoke to Lee Etherington to find out more; Claire Dupree finds out what’s got Teesside garage rockers Onlooker all riled up on their debut album; Evie Lake dives into the cinematic delights on offer at Tyne Valley Film Festival’s celebration of film; Luke Waller discovers the links between traditional and experimental sounds, as new Celtic fusion project We Are The Monsters launch their debut EP; Evie Lake talks to Catrina McHugh MBE, Phyllis Christopher and Huffty McHugh about 40 Women & Girls exhibition, which celebrates feminist philosophy by harnessing the power of photography, as Newcastle’s West End Women and Girls Centre celebrates its 40th anniversary; Jay Moussa-Mann finds out what’s in store at BBC Radio 3’s After Dark Festival, featuring some of the biggest names in alternative music; Lizzie Lovejoy talks to two of the performers taking part in Breakin’ Convention’s celebration of dance and hip-hop culture, Emerge + See; Maria Winter speaks to wildly eclectic Darlington band Bubamara about their upcoming album, the value of world music and their musical influences; Ali Welford talks to folk pop songwriter Dana Gavanski about following her “weird and quirky” instincts on her new album; Evie Lake chats with two playwrights whose work will be part of Live Theatre’s Elevator Festival; Claire Dupree discovers Herstory, a programme of events which seeks to challenge, confront and empower; Cameron Wright chats to North East comedian Lost Voice Guy about living a life of extremes; ahead of the release of her new book, Françoise Harvey talks Northernness, pride and cultural power with author, stand-up poet and journalist Kate Fox; Evie Lake talks to folk artist Lucy Farrell about striking out on her own and the angst of honest songwriting; and Luke Scott from Sound Inc digs out some of his favourite records in Mixtape.

The review section is equally as busy… There’s live reports from Caribou, Richard Dawson, Heal & Harrow, IDLES, The Bug Club, Grove, deathcrash, Lyras and loads more; reviews of releases by North East artists including Salsola, The Doubtful Bottle, Aces & Sinners, Jack Fox, Sam Nix, Tia Leoni, Jack Mylchreest, Ruth Lyon, Frankie Archer and more; demo reviews of Tristan Lott, Gone Tomorrow, ModelCat, Mishka Mistry and Twayn; and new album releases from Jenny Hval, Swami John Reis, Freakons, Pictish Trail, Placebo, Bodega, Midlake, Camp Cope, Houseplants, a-tota-so and more.



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