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Welcome to issue five of our digital ‘zine! It’s the place to come for video interviews and sound clips, mini-documentaries, live performances, playlists, reportage, reviews and much more, created exclusively by us as well as by some of the region’s talented creatives.

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!

Hector Gannet - Blue Murder (Music Video)

South Shields’ Hector Gannet release a music video for a brand new single. The song is a cover of Alan Hull’s Blue Murder and the video shows the band walking around NYC on their recent promotional visit there. 

You catch Hector Gannet at the following North-East shows…
Sat 6th Aug – supporting Sea Power at Cullercoats Crescent Club (sold out)
Sun 7th Aug – supporting Peter Doherty at Surf Cafe (sold out)
Thur 11th Aug – supporting Richard Thompson at Whitley Bay Playhouse
Sat 13th Aug – Between Woods & Streams Festival – Northumberland

NARC. TV Episode 26 – Nel Unlit

Welcome back to another episode of NARC. TV, our online magazine-style programme featuring performance and chat with North East artists, filmed in venues across the region.

Series 4 Episode 26 features mesmerising performance from orchestral folk storytellers Nel Unlit, who explain to Claire Dupree how their unique concepts come to fruition.

This episode was filmed at The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle by Art Mouse Media.

I’m Not Andrew podcast

Purveyor of off-the-wall comedy (and electronic music under his Telos guise), Ian Todd presents a brand new podcast which has “WTF” written all over it. The award-winning comedian’s new surreal podcast is called I’m Not Andrew, and features Todd looking into all manner of weird and wonderful mysteries from Sue Gray to lost property, ghosts to the Marie Celeste.

In our favourite episode, he attempts to find out if Sunderland rockers The Futureheads really are from the future, and if Barry Hyde is an alien. Listen in to find out the truth…


Author Laura Steven made a splash in 2018 with her YA book The Exact Opposite Of Okay and she’s won acclaim for subsequent books and has even been optioned for TV. Her newest book is The Society For Soulless Girls, a dark and funny thriller with a supernatural twist.

In the latest episode of My Writing Life, in which writer and musician Fran Harvey chats with local authors about their work, she grills Laura about how she got started writing and how she gets all those words down on paper. Read the transcript of Fran’s chat with Laura here.

NARC. TV Episode 25 – Abi Nyxx

Welcome to episode 25 of NARC. TV, our magazine-style programme featuring performances and interviews from North East artists.

This episode features a dynamic and fired up performance from Northumberland rapper Abi Nyxx, who talks to David Saunders about getting started in the North East hip-hop scene and how she keeps on top of her game.

This episode was filmed at The Engine Room, North Shields by Art Mouse Media.


Sunderland author Jessica Andrews celebrates the release of her new novel Milk Teeth. Having made waves in 2019 with her lyrical and boundary-breaking debut novel Saltwater, new novel Milk Teeth is an intimate love story that explores how to take up space in the world, and why we deny ourselves good things, with readers calling it “heady, sweaty, sexy and salient”.

In the latest episode of My Writing Life, in which writer and musician Fran Harvey chats with local authors about their work, Jessica speaks about her craft and how she comes up with her ideas. Read the transcript of Fran’s chat with Jessica here.

She’s Doing It, So I’m Doing It – Cortney Dixon Pt2

In the second instalment of Jay Moussa-Mann’s animated podcast series, in which she talks to women working in music production in the North East about their career paths, North East indie pop musician Cortney Dixon talks about how she puts together her songs, discussing her creative and production choices. Watch Pt1 here.

An audio version of this episode is available via our Spotify channel.

The Witches of Newcastle podcast

Caitlin and Maria have been working together for the better part of nine months on launching brand new podcast The Witches of Newcastle. When Caitlin started at Candle & Bell as an Assistant Producer, she and Maria brainstormed on what projects they wanted to work on together. They realised quickly that they both had a shared love of history and forgotten history, and more significantly, an interest in medieval witchcraft. 

Join them as they deep dive into the forgotten history of the Newcastle Witch Trials (1649-50) along with guest speakers such as Dr Jo Bath, Dr Tabitha Stanmore, Katie Liddane and many more!

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