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The June 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 inspirational musicians Hannabiell Sanders and Yilis del Carmen Suriel, who talk to Claire Dupree about their ethos of empowerment, collaboration and inclusivity. Exclusive images by Amelia Read.

Also this month, we preview live music courtesy of Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Cro-Mags, Blk Jks, Flat Worms, Kris Drever & Rachel Baiman, Yama Warashi, Queer Folk, Dizraeli, Mirna Ray and all-dayer Heelapalooza; plus comedy from Daliso Chaponda, Amy Matthews, Steve Bugeja, Josh Berry, Allyson June Smith among others; theatre shows including Zinzi Minott, The Secret Garden, A Way Home, The Guilty Feminist, Eliot Smith Dance, Snatched, Ankles and All White Everything But Me among many more; not to mention exhibitions featuring Lubna Chowdhary and Bobby Benjamin and literary delights at Hexham Book Festival and Crossing The Tees among many other delights.

Interview-wise, Beccy Owen and Martha Hill join Hannabiell Sanders at Sage Gateshead’s Artist In Residence productions this month, Evie Lake finds out what to expect from the talented musicians; as the second Boundaries Festival approaches, Lee Fisher asks Graeme Hopper about curating a festival with a lavender vibe; Leigh Venus finds out what’s in store at the celebration of North East sounds, Generator Live; Jake Anderson talks to Newcastle’s dark indie rockers Ghost//Signals about the release of their debut album; Helen Redfern talks to the Middlesbrough-based photographer Ian Robinson about his photobook depicting Teesside seen through an apocalyptic lens; Laura Doyle finds out how themes of loss and cynicism contribute to Wearside band Labyrinthine Oceans’ debut album; Steve Spithray talks to artistic polymath Lizzie Lovejoy, whose new show explores concepts of Northernness and creativity; Françoise Harvey talks to Lucy Nichol about 90s nostalgia, mental health stigma and challenging preconceptions with her new novel; Cameron Wright talks to Newcastle musician Sam Grant about his tactile and undeniably beautiful debut album release as Rubber Oh; Damian Robinson talks to North East hip-hop artists Max Gavins and 90BRO, aka RuMaz, about their hype-fuelled debut album; Paul Jeffrey chats with Sarah Cracknell about Saint Etienne’s forthcoming show in Sunderland, their recent leftfield release and bonds forged between band and fan; Maria Winter speaks to local music creator and innovator Salt House Lavish about his new album of electro bangers; having finally opened their doors last month, Tom, Sam and Bish from new not-for-profit DIY music space The Lubber Fiend chat to Claire Dupree about their grand plans for the venue; and broadcaster and writer Bob Fischer picks out some of the songs that scarred him for life in Mixtape.

Review-wise, there’s reports from the front row of Foals, Hannah Peel & Paraorchestra, Michael Kiwanuka, Dilettante, Man On Man, Sea Girls, Frankie And The Witch Fingers and many more; reviews of local releases including Slobo & Khabs, Soever, Tired Trace, The Dawdler, NGTB, Nadedja, The Avelons, Cosial, Patrick Gosling, Heyman Aums, Sam Thomas and Succour; demo reviews of Gloamer, Tin Ribs, Eve Kills The Sun, The Fabulist and Jack Rae; and coverage of new releases from Hercules & Love Affair, Robocobra Quartet, Hatis Noit, Joyce Manor, Bartees Strange, Hollie Cook, Petrol Girls, Harkin, Horsegirl and more.



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