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The July 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 ferocious fuzz rock five-piece Pit Pony. Luke Waller finds out what makes the North East band tick as they prepare to release their debut album. Exclusive images by Amelia Read.

Also this month, we there’s festivals galore including The Globe Newcastle’s Summer Festival, Jumpin’ Hot Club Country Cantina, Dominion Metal Festival, Durham Fringe Festival and more. Plus live shows from The Bobby Lees, Dude Trips, Make A Scene, The Chapin Sisters, Farida Amadou, Richard Dawson & Circle and Komparrison among others. There’s also tonnes of Edinburgh Fringe preview shows at Live Theatre, Forum Music Centre, The Witham, The Stand and The Georgian Theatre; new exhibitions at NewBridge Project, Gallagher & Turner, Eston Arts Centre, NGCA and BALTIC turns 20, whoop!

Interview-wise, Steve Spithray finds out what’s on offer at Curious Festival’s celebration of LGBTQIA+ culture; Dawn Storey checks out the bold and brassy line-up for this year’s BRASS Festival celebration of sounds; Leigh Venus discovers the emotion and history enveloped in LYR’s new EP, which will debut at BRASS Festival; Ali Welford talks to prolific electronic musician Matthew Jameson about his new creative venture; Jake Anderson finds out how Sunderland’s catchy indie band Docksuns crafted their new EP; Helen Redfern talks to Teesside writer and actress Rachel Stockdale about her remarkable play, Fat Chance, which tackles the stigma around class and fat phobia; in Make Hope Possible over the course of one weekend at Live Theatre, artists, writers and activists encourage ideas around how society can be reshaped to make the world better; Helen Redfern talks to Jack McNamara about why hope is important; Laura Doyle chats to some of the commissioned artists taking part in this year’s Hartlepool Waterfront Festival; Steve Spithray talks to Summer Streets’ organiser Ross Millard about the return of the Sunderland festival; Lee Fisher spoke to The Delinessongwriter Willy Vlautin to find out how they’re bearing up ahead of their forthcoming Gosforth Civic Theatre show; Lizzie Lovejoy talks to deaf dance artist Chris Fonseca about Surface Area Dance Theatre’s new production; Cameron Wright discovers how post-hardcore band Ruled By Raptors fuse personal stories with meditated experimentation on their new EP; Lizzie Lovejoy chats with Gem Arts’ Vikas Kumar about the smorgasbord of South Asian delights on offer as Masala Festival returns; and Grinning Idiot Comedy Club’s John Smith tells us about some of his favourite tracks in Mixtape.

Review-wise, there’s reports from the front row of Mary Lattimore, Rubber Oh, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Bo Ningen, Beccy Owen, Yama Warashi, Hannabiell Sanders, Dalek, All White Everything But Me, Soft Riot and more; reviews of local single and EP releases including Cortney Dixon, Tales, Baltic, Craig Clark, Alexander Proudlock, Too Common, The Last of the Fallen Angels, Avarice, Nick Gladdish and more; Demos featuring Reece Hanrahan, Joe Holtaway, Michael Patterson, Ugly Fly Guys and Chris Mardula; new album releases from Superorganism, Gwenno, Sick Joy, Viagra Boys, MARQ Electronica, Beabadoobee, Nina Nastasia, Spacemoth, Mabel, The Faim, Dawes, Laura Veirs and more.



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