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

Our cover stars this month are Benjamin Myers and Richard Dawson; two of the region’s – and the country’s – finest talents in literature and music respectively. In a super exclusive ‘in conversation’ feature, they ate strawberries, drank tea and spoke extensively about their creative approaches and their latest projects.

As we slide into summer proper, we have event previews of DJAZZ, Saint Etienne Official, Pea Sea, Darlington’s Music Box Festival, Firsthate, GNOOMES, The Candy Vortex, Japanese TV Club, Voivod, Zu, Tom Mouse Smith, Martha Reeves, Melt-Banana and lots more.

And of course it wouldn’t be summer without NARC. Fest! Linsey Teggert previews this year’s stellar line-up which takes place across 7 venues in the Ouseburn Valley on Saturday 1st July – all for FREE!

The North East rarely disappoints when it comes to providing cultural delights and this month is no different. Louise Henry casts her eye over the Wonderlands Graphic Novel Expo; we preview the return of Reginald D Hunter to the region; there are previews of Under Milk Wood, Between Stations, and Love & Information which all take to local stages this month; Emily Ingram writes about Newcastle’s Freedom City celebrations and the effects of Martin Luther King’s visit to the city; we check out intriguing new film offerings from Screen Demons, Wide Skies Film Festival, and Fireside Cinema; art exhibitions from Newcastle University’s graduating students, Building Stuff Up, Tearing Stuff Down from the Newbridge Project, and Home & Belonging at The Hatton Gallery; Leigh Venus speaks to Mind Palace podcaster Melissa Cain about her work plus much, much more.

In terms of interviews; Mark Corcoran-Lettice speaks to Brooke Bentham about her new record and upcoming live shows; we speak to ex-Fractions guitarist Martin Downing about his new project Lost On Me; Karass tell us about creative constraints and their love of Kurt Vonnegut; Lee Fisher sits down with Gary Lang from st james infirmary; up-and-coming rapper Reali-T talks to Nick Wesson about his new album, and Five Pence Game’s Ally Morton talks about collaborative projects. We also speak with Jonas Halsall of Inverted Grim-Mill about his five years in the promoting game ahead of the birthday celebrations.

From outside the region, Six Organs of Admittance talks to us ahead of his upcoming show at The Cluny; Scottish rockers Hunter & The Bear look forward to getting reacquainted with Newcastle; and All We Are tell us about their dynamic new album.

North East hip-hop promoter Grant Seymour of Hash Rotten Hippo gives us the lowdown on the music that has inspired him in our regular Mixtape feature.

We’re also fit to burst with reviews of new releases and live perfomances. We check out the new records from St. Etienne, The Deslondes, London Grammar, alt-J, Circle, Barb Wire Dolls and many, many more. Nick Wesson pricks up his ears to Demos from bands in the area including strong releases from Pioneers, Sutherland, Iris Brickfield and more. We’ve also got live reviews of Royal Blood, Maximo Park Official, Einsturzende Neubauten, Iron Maiden, The Cribs, The Unthanks and many more.

Finally, in our Get Into… feature, if you’ve ever grappled with a desire to know more about wrestling, Maffew from The Official Botchamania Fanpage is in your corner with some handy hints.

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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