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We’re delighted that Endless Window has been invited back by NARC. Fest to curate the bill at The Tanners Arms for a third year in a row, and we’ve pulled out all the stops to bring you as exciting, diverse and distinctive a line-up as we can, including not one but two headliners and one act making their first live appearance in over a decade. Want to know the full score? Then just read on…

Ceiling Demons
Having already garnered a reputation for their incendiary and cathartic live show with appearances at Evolution Emerging 2016 amongst other festivals, Richmond hip-hop icons Ceiling Demons are guaranteed to deliver a memorable performance as co-headliners at The Tanners. Last year’s Belly Of The Hopeless, released on Frux Tapes, saw the band receive rave reviews from publications including Ear Milk and Louder Than War, and with the band preparing their debut full-length for release this autumn, this might be your last chance to catch them in such an intimate environment.

Sharing headline duties with them are mesmerizing Euro Wave auteurs Transfigure. Their new album Translate, released on respected Amsterdam electronic label Bordello A Parigi earlier this year, showcases a band with an absolute mastery of dark pop melody and shimmering dance arrangements. Fresh off a European tour in May, Transfigure are steadily building up a significant national and international fan base. Expect this to be a highly anticipated and popular slot.

Pentecostal Party
The performing name of Dawn Bothwell, Pentecostal Party’s minimal electronic songwriting defies easy categorisation or genre compartmentalisation. Equal parts hauntology and skewed R&B, her oblique and brilliant work has seen her perform with artists like Warm Digits, Hausfrau and Richard Dawson. For those who’ve seen her before, you’ll already know why this will be a must-see: for everyone else, prepare to find yourself one of your new favourite artists.

The name h773m may be new on the scene, but we can assure you that there’s some formidably pedigree behind it. The new nom de plume for Michael Wellington – once courted by the mighty R&S Records and affiliated with artists including Autechre and: zoviet*france – h773m is an intense and brilliant exploration of old-school rave’s seedy underbelly. As per the project’s debut track Five Pointed Boulevard, prepare yourself for some vivid and visceral body music.

The Fishery Commission
Perhaps the biggest coup on the bill though is the opening set from The Fishery Commission. An electronic two-piece who delighted audiences across the region circa 2006 with their witty and warm take on synth-pop, they emerged from a length hiatus at the end of 2016 with their brilliant Standard Protocol EP. Now, they’re returning to live performance for the first time in eleven years to open up NARC. Fest 2017 for one comeback you really can’t afford to miss.

NARC. Fest takes place at a multitude of venues across the Ouseburn Valley on Saturday 1st July. The FREE festival is the musical arm of the annual community Ouseburn Festival, which celebrates creativity and culture in the Valley.

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