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Issue #175 is out now in print and in glorious digital format! Grab your copy from outlets across the North East – – or view online via Issuu:

Our cover star this month is Ceitidh Mac; Ali Welford talks to the alt. cellist-songwriter about her first purpose-written body of work, with exclusive images by Amelia Read.

As always, it’s a packed edition with tonnes of live music, new releases from local artists, theatre, comedy, art and film to sink your teeth into! Get a dose of the Sunshine Medicine Show at The Cumberland Arms; check out indie wonders Glasvegas at Independent; watch rib-tickling comedy at shows courtesy of Felt Nowt, Shoe Cake Comedy Club, The Stand and Hilarity Bites; Forward NE, the network for women and gender minorities in the music industry, host their first event at The Cumberland Arms; The Lulas and Leddie MC play Middlesbrough Town Hall; all-girl sketch group Your Aunt Fanny bring their new show to The Cumberland Arms; there’s genre-fluid wonder from Alabaster dePlume at Gosforth Civic Theatre; crypto-punks SQUARMS will bring the house down at The Engine Room; Scott Michael Cavagan launches his new EP at Little Buildings; Isle of Tyne is back at the Tyne Bar; Hartlepool’s Waterfront comes alive at their annual festival plus loads more!

Interview-wise, it’s a typically busy month. Laura Doyle attempts to get some answers to the burning questions surrounding surreal pop culture phenomenon Salad Fingers, with its creator David Firth; Damian Robinson chats with Manchester post-punks Document about their spiky sound and forthcoming Newcastle show; Ali Welford discovers how Teesside songwriter Jodie Nicholson is crafting her sound, one impressive release at a time; with 2021’s festival season depleted at best, Claire Dupree discovers confidence and optimism is rife in the Lindisfarne Festival camp; Ali Welford talks to Steven Chell to find out what it takes to bring a community back together, as Northern Electric Festival returns to the Ouseburn Valley; Steve Spithray talks to the three local promoters whose new touring network, Right Here, hopes to give musicians and audiences a wealth of opportunities; Claire Dupree talks to curator Michaela Wetherell about Pink-Collar Gallery’s aim to challenge portrayals of femicide in their new exhibition, Re-Imagine; Damian Robinson talks to North East multi-instrumentalist Samantha Durnan about the creation of her energetic new album; Claire Dupree discovers a watery themed production with an environmental message at its heart, as Moving Parts Arts bring large-scale puppetry back to Newcastle in Tyne Rising; Helen Redfern discovers Unlocking The Doors three unique and highly creative performances taking place in Sunderland this month; and DJ, venue owner and promoter Kristian Atkinson chooses his favourite tracks in Mixtape.

We review demos by Chloe Gudgin, Owslandr feat. Sophia Was Here, Orchid Loop, Amy RS and AbeliaA; there’s reviews of new releases from local artists including Salsola, Elephant Memoirs, Scott Wilson, Teenasee feat. Igg, Albert Smith, Witness Protection Programme, Jonathan Honour, Fiona Liquid, Ceiling Demons feat. Zarahruth, Wild Spelks, Elizabeth Liddle and MXYM; plus album reviews of Lingua Ignota, Haiku Salut, The Bug, The Joy Formidable, Willy Mason, Tropical Fuck Storm, Martha Wainwright, The Wandering Hearts, Steve Gunn, Andrew Wasylyk, Synthetic Villains and Stefan Christensen.


PS. Unfortunately two events we featured this month announced their postponement after we’d gone to press. Heelapalooza festival will now take place on 14th November, and the production of Steel & Iron will take place later in the year


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