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Issue 174 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 Teesside hip-hop and soul star Dylan Cartlidge, who chats with Steve Spithray about collaboration without compromising, the power of positivity and his fast-rising fame.

Get your fill of live music this month courtesy of Chloe Castro and The Lulas at Base Camp; a whole host of great local acts at Middlesbrough Town Hall’s Summer Sessions; The Globe present their summer festival; and Sunderland’s Summer Streets brings Pigsx7, Lanterns on the Lake and more to intimate venues in the city; plus there’s new releases from Scott Free, Danica Dares, The False Poets, HAV and L Devine. Culture-wise, enjoy live stand-up comedy courtesy of The Stand and Funny Way To Be Comedy Club at The Witham; there’s music, talks and much more courtesy of GemArts Masala Festival; live theatre and dance productions at Alphabetti and courtesy of Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance; and loads of brand new art exhibitions including Ad Minoliti at BALTIC, Rachel Brook at B&D Studios, Urban & Eastern’s My Barbie Life at Orbis Project Space, Antony Gormley at NGCA, Expanded Interiors Re-Staged at Hatton Gallery, Luke Haines at Eston Arts Centre, Bobby Benjamin’s GIBBO IS GOD at ARC, and much, much more!

Interview-wise, it’s a packed edition! Claire Dupree talks to Chilli Studios’ Jo Burke about their annual showcase which questions notions of normality and our experiences of mental health; Linsey Teggert talks to Trev Gibb about making music free of limitations with his new project, King of the Sea; Laura Doyle talks to Ben Lowes-Smith about venturing outside his comfort zone with his new record under the Amateur Trepanning moniker; Claire Dupree talks to Northumberland rapper Abi Nyxx about her genre-blurring style and standing out from the crowd; Cameron Wright talks to Newcastle electro pop band NOPRISM about finally being able to debut their sound on the live stage; Claire Dupree finds out what’s in store at Middlesbrough’s celebration of sonic adventures, Sonic Arts Week; Damian Robinson talks to Newcastle rapper NE-O about his grand ambitions to produce a summer banger; Dawn Storey talks to pooch-loving technicolour popster Trunky Juno about his new EP, Good Dog; Claire Dupree talks to Polestar’s Pauline Murray and Alex Blamire about their series of exciting Polestar Live Sessions; Damian Robinson chats with playwright Daniel Bye about rights of way, civil disobedience and the joy of running with mates as his production with Boff Whalley, These Hills Are Ours, comes to ARC; Steve Spithray speaks to Liv from dark electronic duo ZELA about their distinct sound; Claire Dupree discovers sound installations, performance art, twisted comedy and much more at Alphabetti’s Newcastle Fringe Festival and Adam Gallagher from Famous Last Words compiles a Mixtape full of tunes you’ll hear at Middlesbrough Empire’s brand new Dead Rebel Club night.

In the Review section, there’s demo reviews of Smiley People, Marie Johns, Bad Blood, Massey featuring Scrannabis and Mexican Painkiller; reviews of singles by North East artists including Onlooker, Chop5, Shamu, Vigilance State, Jodie Nicholson, Waves of Dread, Beccy Owen & The Refuge, Crimson Bloom, The Redroom, Ram-Z, Sarah Connolly and Jen Stevens; plus new releases from Pizzagirl, The Go! Team, Charlie Parr, Snapped Ankles, Bobby Gillespie & Jehnny Beth, Gemma Cullingford, Emma-Jean Thackray, Darkside, Yola, The Holy Family, Lump, Rejjie Snow, Will Wilder, Maxine Funke, Desperate Journalist, Wavves, Dead Nature and Molly Burch.



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