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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 our website.

Our cover star is celebrated North East singer-songwriter Nadine Shah, who speaks candidly to Linsey Teggert about recovery, rehab and creating a triumphant fifth album out of traumatic circumstances. Exclusive images by Amelia Read.

In the Previews section, we check out live shows from Ladyhawke, Dream Wife, Roisin Murphy, Unit Ama, Slowdive, GZA, Loupe, Half Man Half Biscuit, Alison Goldfrapp, Pachyman, The Menzingers, Editors, You Me At Six and more; plus comedy from Vittorio Angelone at Middlesbrough Town Hall, Brian Bilston & Henry Normal at The Fire Station, Miles Jupp at Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Garth Marenghi’s Incarcerat at Stockton Globe, Nabil Abdulrashid at The Stand, Silly Billies Cabaret Show at Alphabetti, Fiona Allen at ARC and more; theatre shows including Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World at Theatre Royal and BI-TOPIA at Theatre Hullabaloo; exhibitions including Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Sunderland Museum, Murmuration at Bowes Museum and About suffering, they were never wrong at Hatton, plus much more.

Interview-wise, Amy McGarahan talks to alt. pop star L Devine about finding release in independence ahead of her long-awaiting debut album; ahead of what promises to be an insightful ‘in conversation’ event at The Lit & Phil, David Saunders talks to documentary photographer Mark Pinder about his observations of North East political and social life; Tommy Robertson talks to Hartlepudlian band Plaza about industry disappointments and the power of friendship as they prepare to release their long-awaited debut LP; Damian Robinson talks to North East trio Specky Cult about balancing humour with serious messages within their new album; Adam Kennedy talks to politically outspoken avant-garde punk artist Meryl Streek ahead of his forthcoming Newcastle show; ahead of her adaptation of David Almond’s award-winning novel A Song For Ella Grey, Lena Moss talks to playwright Zoe Cooper about the vital importance of representing Northern stories on stage; David Saunders talks to North East native Our Man In The Field about his reflective and evocative new album; Laura Doyle talks to veteran comedian Bill Bailey about technology, making connections and the unpredictable power of human creativity; Amanda Gallagher talks to NEEB drummer Mark Lloyd about a glut of new releases in the coming months; and the Mixtape is compiled by Arctic Piranha, a learning disabled-led club night focussed on accessible club nights for all.

In the review section, we report from live performances by Billy Bragg, The Darkness, Skinny Lister, Echo Juliet, Cattle & Cane, Rubber Oh, Memorials, The Front Bottoms and more; there’s reviews of local singles and EPs by Cath & Phil Tyler, Wingz of the Monkey, Jenna Louise, Bosola, Peony, Nick Gladdish Band, Decrepit Youths, Brass Monkey, Ben Harwood, Christopher Mardula, Creatures At Play and Jamie Dickinson; demo reviews of Beloved Alice, Frazer Lambert, Vennels, Bronam and Speed Freaks; and reviews of new album releases from Laura Jane Grace, Idles, iDKHOW, Crawlers, Grandaddy, My Life Story, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, The Last Dinner Party, Shooting Daggers, J Mascis, Gen & The Degenerates and more.

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