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The April issue of NARC. Magazine is available now, from over 200 outlets across the North East.

We’ve got a massive issue this month that’s packed with even more arts, culture and music than usual. It’s our eleventh birthday this month and to celebrate we invite you download (for free) our annual NARC. Compilation album featuring some of the brightest and best musical talent in the region. We urge you to check it out and stay up to date with all the artists that are blowing our tiny minds at the moment.

There’s so much going on in April and we have live and new release previews of Pins, New Model Army, Massa Confusa, Anteros, The Wytches, October Drift, Okkultokrati, The Death of Rave, Mutilated Judge, Ming City Rockers, Wolf Eyes, Year of Birds, Stormzy, Laetitia Sadier and many more.

On the cultural front, there is masses going on in the worlds of art, comedy, theatre and film. Emily Ingram looks at Tyneside Cinema’s 80th birthday celebrations and Empty Shop’s exciting new developments and on the literary scene, Nick Wesson previews the Hexham Book Festival.

Also at Tyneside Cinema, Jennifer Jordan previews the TED Talks programme and we preview the appearances of Michael Mopurgo and David Almond; we look forward to the Creative Age Exhibition at Arts Centre Washington; comedy shows from Lee Nelson and Sod the Tories; Jenni Pascoe looks at Great Northern Slam at Northern Stage; we look ahead to Danny Baker’s show at Gala Theatre and we preview exhibitions including Monica Ross at Gallery North and Under Gods at Side Gallery plus much, much more.

On the interview front, we’re fit to bursting with local and international artists. From the North East, Mark Corcoran Lettice speaks to What We Call Progress; Eve Conway talks about her new release; Nick Wesson interviews Sunderland’s Cohesion about their return to the fray; Nad Khan hits up buzz band Seeing Hands and David Saunders talks to The Golden Age of Nothing about their upcoming album; Dawn Storey catches up with Maximo Park; we bother Spectres ahead of their upcoming Sunderland show; Middlesbrough’s Cattle & Cane brief us on their new record; Lee Fisher gets the skinny from Mary Ocher; and we chat to Nathan Fake and British Sea Power.

We have features on the upcoming Stockton Calling festival along with a look at the Safe As Milk weekended that has ;strong links with our region and our Mixtape this month comes from Newcastle’s hardcore afficionado armaged:Don ahead of a Hardboiled dance event on 14th April.

Review-wise, Nick Wesson pricks up his ears and listens to demos from Legitimate Anarchy, Platinum City, Penance Stare; Revolt Inc and Ben Bateman. We sharpen our pencils and review new releases from Future Islands, Part-Chimp, The New Pornographers, Ulver, Blaenavon, Perc, Diet Cig and many more.. On the live side we’ve got opinions on Panda Lasagne, Dutch Uncles, King Champion Sounds, Bonobo, Ceiling Demons, Comet is Coming, The Weeknd, Fatherson, Gojira, Bruto, Petrol Girls and loads more!

If you’ve ever had a yearning to Get Into Dance, we’ve got you covered with our introductory guide.

Don’t forget, you can listen along to this month’s edition on our Soundcloud playlist below, or scan the QR code inside the magazine:




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