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

Our cover star this month is Newcastle musician John Edgar, aka The Dawdler, who talks to Linsey Teggert about his new EP Pursed Modern: a self-described homage to his former life as an able-bodied person, his continuing musical journey and the importance of humour. Exclusive images by Amelia Read.

Also this month, we preview live shows from Cate Le Bon, The Twilight Sad, Twisterella’s Class of ‘22, Cola, Martha Wainwright, Deerhoof, Cocaine Piss, Buffalo Nichols, When Chai Met Toast, Ben Hopkinson, Gosforth Beer Festival, Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler, Mish Mash Festival and loads more; plus there’s stand-up comedy courtesy of Tom Taylor and Tom Houghton; art exhibitions including Daughters of the Soil at Vane, Newcastle University’s post graduate degree exhibition at Hatton Gallery, FieldJournal at Arts Centre Washington and I Am Somebody at Newcastle Arts Centre; film screenings including WomenX at Darlington Hippodrome and much more!

Interview-wise, Claire Dupree has a chat with promoters 456 Live about their outdoor summer shows at Central Park in Newcastle; versatile musician Emma Ruth Rundle tells Cameron Wright about how tackling weighty issues on her latest release have resulted in an honest dissection of self-identity; Maria Winter speaks to Lindisfarne Festival organiser Conleth Maenpaa about the inspirations and intentions behind September’s highly anticipated event; Claire Dupree chats with Sarah Wilson from Darlington collective Tracks about the artists jumping aboard this year’s Last Train Home festival; Evie Lake talks to feminist punk icons M(h)aol about the importance of honest songwriting and finding joy and humour in acts of resistance; Jade Broadhead caught up with lead Mouse Steven Bardgett to get the lowdown on the return of Mousetival this month; Jake Anderson talks to Heather Baron-Gracie about Pale Waves’ determined approach on their new album; Hope Lynes speaks to Cazimi about the band’s new EP, Signals; Tom Astley finds out how Hartlepool band Mt. Misery crafted their rich and nuanced new EP; Claire Dupree finds out how abstract expressionist painter Ellen Ranson uses her bold work to question gender imbalance in art; Lee Fisher finds out about Shipcote & Friends’ new low-key, lo-fi album; Damian Robinson talks to Sunderland quartet Vandebilt about how a love for French-house influenced pop makes for firm foundations on their debut album; Claire Dupree talks to celebrated North East comic Jason Cook about the beauty of unpredictability ahead of two special shows this month; and Henry Carden from Twisterella gives us a peek into his favourite songs from artists performing at Twisterella’s Class of ‘22 showcase.

Review-wise, there’s reports from the front row of Pit Pony, The Bobby Lees, Field Music & NASUWT Riverside Band, Richard Hawley & NASUWT Riverside Band, The Delines, Richard Dawson & Circle, Farida Amadou and many more; reviews of local single and EP releases including Shamu, Olympia Palace, The False Poets, Imogen Bose-Ward, Hannah Robinson, The Peevie Wonders, Autoleisureland, Holiday In Tokyo, J.P. Riggall, Eyeconic, ENEMYTHIRTY and Motherland; Demos coverage of Jenna Learoyd & Sam Haynes, Jealous Eddie, TnG The Band, Arcane Soakes and Machiner; and new album releases from Hot Chip, Julia Jacklin, Russian Circles, Thee Sacred Souls, Esmerine, The Chats, OSEES, Kokoroko, Lauran Hibberd, The Lounge Society, Erasure, LIFE, Cass McCombs, William Orbit and Phoebe Green.

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