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Welcome to issue two of our digital ‘zine! The NARC. E-ZINE contains video interviews and sound clips, curated playlists, reportage, reviews, performance and much more, created exclusive by us as well as by some of our friends.

Spanning music, theatre, comedy, film, art and everything in between, the NARC. E-ZINE is designed as an antidote to doom-scrolling! With the aim of entertaining and informing, we will provide you with a constant source of exciting, surprising and unusual content continually evolving throughout the issue’s lifespan. Dip back in regularly, there’s new content uploaded all the time!

Sage Gateshead artist in residence: Beccy Owen

Current Sage Gateshead artist in residence Beccy Owen talks about her new work-in-progress production, an interactive and dynamic musical experience, which is inspired by her obsession with water. Here, she discusses her childhood inspirations, taking a new approach to songwriting and treating water as a collaborative partner in her compositions.

NARC. TV Episode 20 – Bubamara

The 20th episode of NARC. TV features a performance from Darlington’s folk exotica band  Bubamara, who also chat with Claire Dupree about how music and ideas from around the world have influenced their diverse sound.

Filmed at Pineapple Black, Middlesbrough by Art Mouse Media

40 Women & Girls

West End Women & Girls Centre in Newcastle celebrate their 40th anniversary this year, the centre provides a vital resource for women and girls in the region. To celebrate their milestone, and the women and girls who have passed through their doors over the years, photojournalist Phyllis Christopher and writer Catrina McHugh MBE collaborate on a photography project which runs at the centre until 31st March. Here are some of the words and images they collected. 

Playlist - PSiMiTAR

Newcastle-based funk/soul/hip-hop outfit PSiMiTAR release their brand new single, Simplified, a groovy, joyous track with slick bars, soulful vocals and dance-inducing instrumentation. The duo of Steesh and Baron Von Alias share their influences via this banger-filled playlist.

You can listen to Simplified here.

And check out the video that accompanies it here.

Poems of Town

Sunderland musicians Field Music and poet Paul Summers worked with a group of young people at Arts Centre Washington to better connect remote communities with music and stories. The group performed their tracks at the venue in June 2021, and this video documents the process from creation to performance.


The next episode of Fran Harvey’s podcast-style series My Writing Life features an in-depth chat with stand-up poet Kate Fox about her writing process, ahead of the release of her brand new book Where There’s Muck There’s Bras. Read the full transcript here:

NARC EXCLUSIVE: Talk Like Tigers Talk Sacred Feminine

Newcastle indie-pop duo, Talk Like Tigers drop their new single, Sacred Feminine – taken from their upcoming debut double EP release (out May 2022).

Here, the sisters talk about their new single, which is a powerful, anthemic song about femininity and female worth.

You can listen to the Sacred Feminine here.

NARC. TV Episode 19 – Lizzie Esau

The latest episode of NARC. TV features alt. pop artist Lizzie Esau, who chats with David Saunders about how a fusion of rap, pop and indie informs her sound

Filmed at The Fire Station, Sunderland by Art Mouse Media

Mixed Communications Podcast

Movement and dance artists Lila Naruse and Benedicta Mamuini have been motivated by their mixed culture upbringings to create a project entitled ☑ Other, which looks at people’s understanding of culture and what others perceive culture to mean. Their first guests are dance artists Ella Mesma and David Evans, who create powerful and political work telling global stories.


Self-described ‘spit and sawdust’ poet Luke Wright brings his innovative and witty wordsmithery to Stockton’s ARC on Wednesday 2nd March. Here, he recites his poem Monster, and explains what you can expect from his unique show…

NARC. TV Episode 18 – Trunky Juno

The latest episode of NARC. TV features lo-fi pop artist Trunky Juno, who chats with Claire Dupree about evolving his sound from bedroom pop to a fully-realised live band.

Filmed at Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle by Art Mouse Media

RADIO SHOW: The Dub Replacement Service

The Dub Replacement Service is part of Star & Shadow Cinema’s highly eclectic radio programming. Known for delivering a sonic palette of strung out, psychedelic and conscious dub music with a spirit of variety and internationality, to break down all borders and barriers.

The Dub Replacement Service is available every Tuesday at 9pm, performed live from Ted Fitz’s home in rural Northumberland, blending digital and analog music and forming new connections between new and old musics on vinyl, cassette and digital.

NARC. TV Episode 17 – Pit Pony

The latest episode of NARC. TV features an energetic performance from fuzzy garage rockers Pit Pony, who chat with David Saunders about how the North East’s culture and heritage informs their sound

Filmed at KU Bar, Stockton by Art Mouse Media


In the first of a regular series of podcast-style chats, Lisette Auton talks to Fran Harvey about starting writing as an adult, how being a performer helps her tell stories and find her writing voice, what finding your voice as a writer even means and much more. Read the full transcript here:

PLAYLIST: Wandering Oak

Growing from the Ouseburn Valley in 2014, Wandering Oak persists in cultivating a purple patch where biodiverse talents can flourish, and transcend historic borders. They’re proud to deliver immersive, innovative gig experiences across Newcastle upon Tyne, and support the community who make such things happen. They strive for gigs to be resonant, life-affirming and positively infectious. Take a listen to tracks by artists coming up at future events…

PODCAST: Felt Nowt Radio

Comedy capers abound in Felt Nowt’s brand new podcast. Expect interviews and loads of other comedy bits from the cream of comedy in the North East. Here, you can listen to a short interview conducted by Megan Hayward with prodigious comedy talent Estelle Anderson, and find out more about the cooperative’s show on International Women’s Day at Tyne Theatre in support of Rape Crisis.

NARC. ACADEMY PODCAST: Gig Talk NE with Jake Anderson

In Gig Talk NE, music obsessive Jake Anderson gives an insight into his busy gig schedule, reviewing the shows he’s destroyed his eardrums with each month. Discover your new favourite band right here!

NARC. ACADEMY PODCAST: With Hope Lynes and Evie Lake

NARC. Academy participants Hope Lynes and Evie Lake discuss their experiences of taking part in our NARC. Academy programme, discovering new talents and getting to grips with their newfound skills, plus the benefits of a +1!

NARC. ACADEMY PODCAST: Rookie Mistakes with Lizzie Lovejoy

In this pilot episode of Rookie Mistakes, Lizzie Lovejoy discusses working for exposure, the rookie mistakes that they have made in the worlds of spoken word and illustration, as well as the benefits that working for free can sometimes bring. Read a transcript of the podcast here:

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