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The December/January issue of NARC. magazine is available now!

We’ve crammed two months’ worth of news, reviews, interviews and opinions into this issue, perfect for when the Christmas boredom sets in! Our cover stars are Katie Doherty & The Navigators; Claire Dupree discovers how writing for the RSC and devising her own take on contemporary folk informed Katie Doherty’s superb new album. Exclusive images courtesy of David Wala.

It’s a busy News section this issue, with info on Avalanche Party at The Cluny; PranceyFest at The Cumberland Arms; Acid Cannibals at Trillians; Jimmy Eat World at O2 Academy; Young Fathers at The Boiler Shop; 100 Demons at Cobalt Studios; The Mammals at Middlesbrough Town Hall; The Divine Comedy at Sage Gateshead; Withered Hand and Yama Warashi at The Waiting Room; Lost In The Woods fifth birthday at The Green Room; Harri Endersby at Westgarth Social Club; Lotus Eater at Think Tank?; Culture Quarter Music Crawl in Sunderland and much more.

In the Culture section, our Alternative Christmas feature compiles a handy guide to festive events across the region for the discerning adult; Sarah Wilson finds out more about Thoughtful Foundation, an arts destination which has creativity, kindness and thoughtfulness at its heart; plus previews of Gateshead Silent Film Festival; Francis Bacon and Ellen Gallagher exhibition at Hatton Gallery; Jim Mortram exhibition at Side Gallery; Daedalus Film & Science festival at Star & Shadow Cinema; Sketch KO at Alphabetti Theatre; Martin Mor at The Stand; Justin Moorhouse at The Witham; Chilli Comedy Mini Fest at Chillingham Arms, plus reviews of The Smog at Northern Stage, It’s Different For Girls at Live Theatre and Susie McCabe at The Stand, plus much more.

Interview-wise, Ben Lowes-Smith talks to veteran musician Steve Mason about his personal and political new album; Dawn Storey talks to Teesside-based artist Dan Donnelly about the trials and tribulations of musical life; Jonathan Ramsay talks to Newcastle trap-metal pioneers RoninClan, after what’s been a monumental first year; ahead of their forthcoming Newcastle gig, Damian Robinson talks to The Howl & The Hum about living up to expectations; Sammy Sadler talks to beat-making electronic collective Grey Tapes about the launch of their debut album; Ben Lowes-Smith chats to Field Music’s Peter Brewis and Admiral Fallow’s Sarah Hayes about their musical collaboration You Tell Me; Claire Dupree finds out what’s in store at Sage Gateshead’s annual celebration of emerging talent, New Year New Artists and Michael O’Neill talks to Kristian Atkinson about his utopic vision, realised in his new venue, Zerox. This month’s Mixtape is compiled by artist, DJ and new proprietor of Gateshead’s Arch Sixteen Café Bobzilla, who tells us about his favourite songs.

In the Review section, we feature demos by Dutch Elm, Bad Amputee, Sam Shields, Dead Like Wolves and Swanhunt; there’s album reviews of new releases from The Twilight Sad, Pedro The Lion, Sneaks, Deerhunter, The Jet Reds and more; plus track reviews of Swears, Cave Suns, Shinobi Fantobi, Fossway, Swine Tax among others. Our roving reporters checked out live performances from Fatherson, Be Quiet. Shout Loud!, British Sea Power, Dashboard Confessional and many more.

Best of wishes to you in the festive season. See you in 2019!



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