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The April issue of NARC. magazine our 18th birthday edition! – is out now, available in print from outlets across the North East, and digitally via our website.

Our cover stars are the multi-limbed genre-blurring party-starters Ponyland. Claire Dupree discovers that dysfunction and delight go hand in hand as Newcastle’s wildest band prepare to release their highly anticipated second album. Exclusive images come courtesy of Amelia Read.

This month also marks our 18th birthday, and as usual we’ve curated a free compilation album which showcases some of our favourite artists from the last year, available for download from our Bandcamp: www.narcmagazine.bandcamp.com. Enjoy tracks from Amateur Ornithologist, Church Honey, Fashion Tips, Grace Stubbings, Irked, Isabel Maria, ivies, Loren Heat, Maius Mollis, Marina Josephina, Sarah Johnsone, Taliraw, The Timewasters, Tin Ribs, Twayn and Wingz of the Monkey.

In the Previews section, we check out live shows from Shovel Dance Collective, Giant Sand, Pet Needs, Bears in Trees, The Zutons, Swim School, motions, Jane Weaver, Millie Manders & The Shut Up, Dominie Hooper, YOWL, Fay Hield, Tre Burt and many more; we preview theatre shows including Frankenstein at Northern Stage, Truly Madly Baldy at Laurel’s, Six Chick Flicks at Theatre Hullabaloo, The Blindboy Podcast Live at Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Hope Is A Four Letter Word at Alphabetti and more; there’s exhibitions including Recording Time at Gallagher & Turner and Beyond The Bassline at Newcastle Central Library; stand-up comedy courtesy of Paul Foot at ARC, Lee Kyle at Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Simon Munnery at The Stand, Jesterval Comedy Club at Gosforth Civic Theatre, Toft House Comedy Club and more.

Interview-wise, David Saunders talks to theatre maker Audrey Cook about Bus Stop Goths, their celebration of youthful expression and identity; ahead of new production Limelight, Laura Doyle talks to playwright Janet Plater about how she came to uncover the inner-workings of Victorian theatrical life; Ali Welford talks to songwriters Kathryn Williams and Withered Hand about how forged connections, personal loss and the setting aside of egos culminated in their collaborative album; Kate Relton chats with alt. indie artist Melanie Baker about her passion for music making ahead of this month’s EP release; as Newcastle venue The Globe celebrates 10 years as a coop, Damian Robinson talks to them about their unique set-up and how they’re planning on securing their next successful decade; David Saunders talks to Newcastle-based musician and producer Josh Ingledew about his cinematic and reflective debut album; and in Mixtape, Simon Armitage, Richard Walters and Patrick J Pearson from LYR talk about some of the inspirations behind their latest EP and live show, Blossomise.

In the review section, we report from live performances by Editors, Liam Gallagher & John Squire, Meatraffle, Luke Wright, The Early Purple, Dom Joly and more; there’s reviews of local singles and EPs by grapevine., Blackout The Arcade, Polyfillas, Conor Michael, Ice Road Trucker, Ami Leigh, Labyrinthine Oceans, OUTRI, End Credits, Lost Lot and Split The Ticket; demo reviews of MEAMI, Gerry Mandarin, Logan Jai, Rob Harvey and Larry Page; and reviews of new album releases from Bob Vylan, Justice, Jane Weaver, Lynks, English Teacher, Dead Pony, Drahla, Vampire Weekend and Aerial Salad.

Enjoy!

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