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Contributors Editor: Chris Sanders Photographer: Adam Goss Proof Reader: Rachael Sanders Researcher: Tom Godwin Designed by: Printed by: Hello Print Distributed by: Native Media Group Thanks to: Oliver Quarter (cover design) Fliss Baker, Cory Barrett, Blake Timms, Edward Lane, Ross Darragh and everyone who has contributed to issue one.

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05 AGENDA Our look at the latest things to do, people to follow and awesome happenings across Coventry and the Midlands including music, art, fashion, film and design.

11 XPOSURE A celebratory look at one of our regions most exciting new talents. In this issue we focus on musician, Rob Denning (above) who goes by the creative name Fainter.

13 RADAR Our comprehensive hand-held guide to the best events across the region including music, art, film, comedy and more.

22 FIVE MINUTES WITH We take five minutes out with a local creative who we find inspiring and influential. This issue sees us chat with doodler, Ian Hart.

Photography Credits are applied where applicable. Photography received via submission is ownership of the artist or management.

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45RPM Furr & Mankowitz

In The Frame

Xposure Series

Until 17 March Snap Galleries, Leamington This exhibition features 45 works that result from the collaboration between photographer Gered Mankowitz and portrait painter Christian Furr including the image of Hendrix above. Visit: or for more information follow them on social media @snapgalleriesuk on Facebook or @snapgalleries on Twitter and Instagram.

07 March IKON Art Gallery Photographic historian Pete James discusses the early history of photography in Birmingham, with reference to its use as a means of surveillance by the Birmingham Police Force in the nineteenth century, and in relation to Edmund Clark’s exhibition at Ikon. The talk takes place at Steelhouse Lane Lock-up.

On-Going Throughout the Midlands Since Native began we have been talking to and collaborating with incredibly talented people. Our Xposure series has seen us interview and photograph inspiring and influential people and we will now be taking this series to film. If you are interested in being part of our growing network email: nativecoventry@outlook. com for more information.

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Curious Boys Club

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As a group that think forward whilst acknowledging the past, the Curious Boys Club are a tribe of like-minded creatives we’ve recently connected with. Their strong ethos, fascinating background and curiosity has us wanting more. Visit them on Twitter @curiously_being.


Copper Rooms Warwick Uni

Empire Coventry

Assembly Leamington Spa

Based at Warwick University, the Copper Rooms is a fantastic venue that hosts sporadic events. We’ve seen Robert Plant and Scott Matthews there and we’re always looking out for new, intimate shows.

After a huge 2017, The Wombats are the latest band to sell-out at The Empire. Previously the venue has hosted The Enemy, Sundara Karma and Pulled Apart by Horses, and their 2018 events programme is just as epic.

This beautiful art-deco venue brings a wide range of events to Leamington Spa and in 2018 they are hosting everything from Craig Charles to Jesus Jones and Bongo’s Bingo to Steve Harley & Cockney Rebels.


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HMV COLLABORATION We have been collaborating with HMV to raise the profile of local music. We will be creating a regular playlist that will be heard in-store made from local musicians. We will also have this magazine available to pick up for free and bi-monthly gig guides championing the best new events across the region.

CONNECTING PHOTOGRAPHY WITH THE NATURAL WORLD Coventry University student Paige Middleton is immersed in a long-term project concerning the issue of marine pollution. Her aim is to print the images on biodegradable materials, she will then release them back in their natural landscape. If you’d like to see more then follow Paige on Instagram @paigemiddphoto.

Get heard If you would like to get your tracks on our in-store playlist email your MP3 files to Tom Godwin on tomgodwinart@ and he will get your music on our regularly updated playlists.

MUST SEE: EXHIBITION Clare Woods: Reality Dimmed The Mead Gallery presents a new series of raw and powerful paintings, which were inspired by found photographic imagery collected by Clare herself. See Reality Dimmed at Warwick Arts Centre until March 10.

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British film icon Michael Caine narrates and stars in My Generation, a vivid story of his personal journey through 1960s London. March 14, Showcase Cinema, Coventry. Visit for more.

COMEDY AT BACHAUS The tribe at Bachaus (Fargo) aren’t happy with just serving beautiful food and drink from their gorgeously designed venue. The team now have a wide range of events including film nights, a comedy club and music including Prop Culture. Find them on FB @BachuasAndCo.

HELPING THE HOMELESS THROUGH CRISIS Throughout 2018 we are collaborating with the Coventry and Warwickshire office of CRISIS to help raise awareness of the growing issue many people now face - homlessness. CRISIS offer support and education for those who suffer from the issue and we aim to use creativity to champion their brilliant work.

CREATIVE WATCH Edie Jo Murray This is one piece of creative work from Midlands based maker Edie Jo Murray. As part of the project to create something new throughout January Edie’s work combines fluidity and colour. Each piece is shape driven and we think it holds a sense of abstract beauty.


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Garry Jones Retrospective We are super proud to be collaborating with live photography specialist Garry Jones. Originally from Southampton Garry is now a Coventry resident and will be working with us to deliver a monthly photographic retrospective of the best events from across the region.

RAVERS RETURN The cover art for this issue is from Birmingham based creative Oliver Quarter. Much of his work, including the Raver crest (opposite) is taken from modern, corporate sources. He re-works their original purpose to create new, modern interpretations of classic and iconic identities. Visit Oliver’s webstore at to see his catalogue of work including prints, merchandise and more. There’s a fantastic selection of bold, brave graphics that we can’t wait to get our hands on in future.

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Under the Third Bridge by Holly Houlton We recently stumbled across Coventry University photography student Holly Houlton. In 2017 Holly exhibited ‘Under the Third Bridge’, this was her personal response when exploring the Coventry Canal landscape and the history of its formation with a phenomenological and sensory approach. Follow Holly Houlton on Instagram @holly_houlton_photography.

Rie Nakajima is one of the most experimental artists working in the UK. Fusing sculpture and sound, her artistic practice is open to chance and the influence of others, raising important questions about the definition of art. Nakajima makes pieces often in direct response to architectural space, using a combination of kinetic devices, musical instruments and found objects. She will be exhibiting at Birmingham’s Ikon gallery where her work will consist entirely of new pieces including a number of performances in collaboration with other artists. This exhibition will run from March 21 - June 03. For more information visit:

MUST SEE: PRODUCTION Mountains This stylish and evocative new play by award winning writer In-Sook Chappell, tells the extraordinary story of the women behind the famous Manchester restaurant Sweet Mandarin. May 30 - June 02 at the Belgrade Theatre.

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We are hosting a series of invite only events in Coventry. These collaborative sessions will celebrate fresh music, bold thinking and brave new ideas. Visit us on Facebook @wearenativemag and sign-up for free.



Eloise Renouf We love nothing more than sniffing out new creatives so when we came across Eloise Renouf from Nottingham we were super happy. Her work is inspired by nature and her approach focuses on shape and colour which are bold and beautiful.


Moorings at Myton

Bedford Street

Fat Pug

Sat on the waterfront just outside of the city centre but close to the Shires Retail Park, the Moorings at Myton is a classic British pub that serves honest grub in gastro surroundings.

Seconds from the main drag, Bedford Street is a destination for live music and cocktail lovers. They are always looking for new talent to showcase so if you are up for having fun and creating memories then this is your place.

The Pug Pub chain are huge fans of the Great British Pub. They try to be as ‘Pubby’ as possible and they do it brilliantly. The ecclectic decor adds a sense of home whilst the food & drink is simply awesome.

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ROBERT DENNING Originally from Coventry but residing in Leamington Spa, Robert Denning is a young musician consumed with a passion for his art. He is driven, dedicated and riddled with a desire to make his presence felt within the industry. As a musician he records under the title of Fainter, creating tracks such as Esme, a haunting, melancholic piece littered with subtle nuiances. Ghostly vocals dance with the guitar loop, for someone that writes and records his own music this is beautifully put together. Tracks including Replica and Levity are lighter, focussing on Rob’s ability to deliver vocals that sit between spoken word and singing. His approach is somewhat dream like, delivering soft, intense and echoing pieces that are raw, bold and fresh. All of his tracks could sit happily within one of Spotify’s ‘Concentration Music’ playlists. There’s scope for this experimental approach to develop into something very special. There are hints of legendary icons such as Jeff Buckley, Ryan Adams and Beck within his processes and we cannot wait to see what comes next from Fainter. Check out and follow Rob, his experiences and his music on Instagram @faintermusicuk. You can also find his tracks on Soundcloud under Fainter.


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CONNECT WITH US AND OUR GROWING CREATIVE COMMUNITY ON INSTAGRAM. We use Instagram to find the latest creative talents to champion. If you are active on it then find us and connect @wearenativemag.


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Phil Wang

Festival of the Dead

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Sunday 04 March Warwick Arts Centre Phil Wang (above) is a 27-year old stand-up comedian on his first tour of the UK. You might have seen him on Have I Got News For You, Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, and Would I Lie To You? He is (thankfully) extremely funny and continuing Warwick Art Centre’s tradition of bringing the finest comedy talents to Coventry.

Thursday 29 March Kasbah The Festival of the Dead infuses elements of carnival, circus, theatre and unadulterated partying to bring you a fiesta like no other. Carnival pageantry, giant skull processions, acrobats, dancers and beautiful decorative art & costumes will be flooding the Kasbah, Coventry late March.

Saturday 19 May The Empire As the former front-man of The Enemy, Tom Clarke has played to thousands of faces worldwide but when he plays Coventry there’s always a special home coming buzz. As part of his new solo tour Tom will be playing at The Empire alongside support from Leamington’s Joe Dolman. Find tickets on See Tickets at

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Foreverland A combination of music, lights, dance and much more. The party brand is coming to Coventry for a huge night.

Jonathan Pie The frustrated News reporter is back and he’s angrier than ever. That is all you need to know. Get ready for the ride.

The Overtones A unique ability to deliver consistently uplifting music infused with exquisitely crafted vocal harmonies.

Alabaster DePlume Saxophonist and spoken word artist Alabaster employs a ruthless creative approach to music so this will be good.

Patrick Monahan A runaway hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, this brand new family fun quiz is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Festival of the Dead Carnival pageantry, giant skull processions, acrobats, dancers and beautiful decorative art & costumes.

Scummy Mummies A show for less-than-perfect parents. It’s about how bringing up kids can be a tough business.

Tom Clarke Ex-Enemy front-man returns to Coventry as part of his solo tour with support from the brilliant Joe Dolman.

Tom Allen Sharply dressed, well-spoken, camp son of working class Bromley, Tom Allen embarks on his debut solo tour.


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Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro Thursday 01 March Warwick Arts Centre World Book Day Thursday 01 March Herbert Art Gallery How to Die of a Broken Heart Thursday 01 March Warwick Arts Centre Ed Byrne Thursday 01 March Warwick Arts Centre The Bon Jovi Experience Friday 02 March Leamington Assembly Black Carrot + Echolocation Friday 02 March The Tin The Shape of Water Friday 02 - 11 March Warwick Arts Centre Foreverland Saturday 03 March Kasbah Feminist Stitching Workshop Saturday 03 March Herbert Art Gallery The Britpop Reboot Tour Saturday 03 March Leamington Assembly

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High Knucks + 28 Costumes Saturday 03 March The Tin

Irish Heart, Coventry Home Saturday 10 March - 10 April Herbert Art Gallery

Phil Wang Sunday 04 March Warwick Arts Centre

Craig Campbell Sunday 10 March Warwick Arts Centre

Thriller Live Tuesday 06 - 10 March Belgrade Theatre

The Overtones Saturday 10 March Warwick Arts Centre

Magnum Wednesday 07 March Leamington Assembly

Edmund Clark Until 11 March Ikon Gallery

Jonathan Pie Wednesday 07 March Warwick Arts Centre

The Rumble Sunday 11th March Sunflower Lounge

Slim Chance Thursday 08 March The Tin

Larry Dean Sunday 11 March Warwick Arts Centre

Jake Bugg Thursday 08 March Warwick Arts Centre

Anciients + Black Wizard Sunday 11 March Phoenix Pub

Lucy Porter Friday 09 March Warwick Arts Centre

Gary Numan Tuesday 13 March Warwick Arts Centre

Limehouse Lizzy Friday 09 March Leamington Assembly

The Window Tuesday 13 - 17 March Albany Theatre

The Wombats Saturday 10 March The Empire

Roots to Shoots Wednesday 14 March The Tin 19



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Every now and then a new musician lands at our feet and instantly blows us away. Joe Rees who goes by the creative name of Adlescnce is one such individual. This Rugby born, seventeen year old has just released his first self-written and recorded album. When writing these pieces we try to forget age but in this case it’s almost

impossible due to the incredible results. His voice is fresh and soulful whilst his music is raw and brave. His life-experiences bring new talking points such as social media and tales of loves young dream but it’s his undeniable ability as a singer/ songwriter that shines out. Written by Chris Sanders

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Mindgame Wednesday 14 - 17 March Belgrade Theatre

Landlands & Bell Wednesday 21 March Ikon Gallery

Steve Wilson Thursday 15 March Warwick Arts Centre

Shop Front Festival Friday 23-24 March Coventry

Alabaster DePlume Thursday 15 March The Tin

Festival of the Dead Thursday 29 March Kasbah

David Gest’s Soul Legends Friday 16 March Warwick Arts Centre

Crooners Thursday 29 March Albany Theatre

Calton Kelly Friday 16 March The Tin

Ultimate Bowie Friday 30 March Leamington Assembly

Patrick Monahan Saturday 17 March Warwick Arts Centre

The 1990’s Tribute to Britpop Saturday 31 March Leamington Assembly

Flatpack Film Festival Wednesday 12-13 April Birmingham

Izzie Derry Saturday 31 March The Tin

Robin Ince Friday 13 April Warwick Arts Centre

Red Riding Hood and the Wolf Tuesday 03 - 05 April Belgrade Theatre

Prop Culture #4 Saturday 14 April Bachaus & Co.

Lower than Atlantis Wednesday 04 April Leamington Assembly

BIMM Birmingham Open Day Saturday 14 April British & Irish Modern Music Ins.

The Embroidery Girl Thursday 05 - 07 April Albany Theatre

Lions of Dissent Saturday 14 April Sunflower Lounge

Adam Hussain Glass Course Saturday 07-08 April Custard Factory

Cabbage Saturday 14 April The Empire

Skid Row Saturday 17 March Kasbah Prop Culture #3 Saturday 17 March Bachaus & Co. Whole Lotta Led Saturday 17 March Leamington Assembly Outlya Monday 19th March Sunflower Lounge NT Live: Julius Caesar Thursday 22 March Warwick Arts Centre

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Novana - In Utero 25th Anniversary Saturday 07 April Leamington Assembly PIST - Battallions Saturday 07 April Phoenix Pub Britpop Classics Saturday 07 April The Empire The Meteors Monday 09 April Mama Roux Trembling Bells Tuesday 10 April The Tin 21



Postcards with a Purpose Until 15 April Birmingham Museums

Ryan Driver Wednesday 25 April The Tin

The Dualers Saturday 05 May The Empire

Little Mermaid Thursday 19 April Albany Theatre

Forever Dusty Wednesday 25 - 28 April Albany Theatre

The Boss UK Saturday 05 May Leamington Assembly

Coming Out Until 15 April Birmingham Museums

Radio Active Thursday 26 April Warwick Arts Centre

Danny Baker Saturday 05 May Warwick Arts Centre

The Festival of Lights Friday 20 April The Empire

Jesus Jones Thursday 26 April Leamington Assembly

Mark Steel Sunday 06 May Warwick Arts Centre

Say Sue Me Friday 20 April The Tin

Half Man Half Biscuit Friday 27 April Leamington Assembly

Tim Vine Tuesday 08 May Warwick Arts Centre

Rum & Raggae Festival Saturday 21 April Boxxed Birmingham

Vegan Grindhouse Twisted Barrel Takeover Saturday 28 April Twisted Barrel Brewery

Fleabag Tuesday 08 - 12 May Warwick Arts Centre

Party Clutch Workshop Saturday 21 April Herbert Art Gallery Hob-Goblin Saturday 21 April Big Bamboo Republica Saturday 21 April The Empire Akala Tuesday 24 April O2 Academy Birmingham John Robins Wednesday 25 April Warwick Arts Centre


Who’s Who + Small Fakers Saturday 28 April The Empire Dreadzone Saturday 28 April Leamington Assembly John Piper Tuesday 01 May - 21 June Mead Gallery Great Expectations Wednesday 02 - 05 May Belgrade Theatre The Turbans Thursday 03 May The Tin

NT Live: Macbeth Thursdy 10 May Warwick Arts Centre Ladysmith Black Mambazo Friday 11 May Warwick Arts Centre Shazia Mirza Friday 11 May Warwick Arts Centre Eddi Reader Friday 11 May Leamington Assembly Mitch Benn Saturday 12 May Warwick Arts Centre

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Born from the mean streets of Watford, The Spitfires have been blazing a trail in recent times. This mod inspired four piece, spear-headed by Lead singer, Billy Sullivan mirrors hero’s such as The Jam in fashion and vocal delivery. Sullivan spits out lyrics driven by love, hate and social circumstance. Rumour has it Paul Weller manages the group

but it’s the tight knit nature and brotherly bond between the members that hold promise of future success. Tracks like A Thousand Times and I’m Holdin’ On stand out as those that may throw the Spitfires to the front of the pack and lead a new wave of rock n roll. Written by Tom Godwin 23

Our first playlist celebrating local music is now in-store. 13-15 Smithford Way, Coventry CV1 1FY.

In 2017 we decided to curate the most comprehensive network of creative professionals there has ever been in the Midlands. Since our network was conceived it has grown to have over 250 professional members who work with businesses across the country. If you’d like to join email for more information.



The Southmartins Saturday 12 May The Empire

Scummy Mummies Tuesday 22 May Leamington Assembly

Operation Earth Until 03 June Birmingham Museums

The Style Councillors Friday 12 May Leamington Assembly

Tim Key Wednesday 23 May Warwick Arts Centre

Richard Herring Sunday 03 June Warwick Arts Centre

Partner Sunday 13 May Sunflower Lounge

Culture Feast Spring 2018 Wednesday 23 May Ikon Gallery

Tequilla Mockingbyrd Friday 08 June Kasbah

GreenMatthews present: A Brief History of Music Saturday 13 April Herbert Art Gallery

Sarah Jane Morris + Antonio Forcione Thursday 24 May Warwick Arts Centre

Omni Thursday 14 June The Tin

Genesis Visible Touch Friday 18 May Leamington Assembly

Ben Folds and A Piano Friday 25 May Warwick Arts Centre

My Dad Wrote a Porno Saturday 19 May Warwick Arts Centre

Gareth Malone Sunday 27 May Warwick Arts Centre

Tom Clarke Saturday 19 May The Empire

Tom Allen Wednesday 30 May Warwick Arts Centre

Stuart Goldsmith Saturday 19 May Warwick Arts Centre

Horrible Histories Wednesday 30 May - 02 June Belgrade Theatre

Nearly Dan Saturday 19 May Leamington Assembly

Frankie and the Witch Fingers Thursday 31 May The Tin

Just An Ordinary Lawyer Saturday 19 May Belgrade Theatre

Elf Lyons Thursday 31 May Warwick Arts Centre

Suzi Ruffell Sunday 20 May Warwick Arts Centre

Sarah Kendall Saturday 02 June Warwick Arts Centre

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Angela Barnes Saturday 16 June Warwick Arts Centre An Ideal Husband (Encore Screening) Saturday 09 June Warwick Arts Centre

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Ian Hart is a doodler creating incredible artwork. His style is instantly recongisable and his passion for creativity is at an all time high. We caught up with him in Coventry for a quick chat about his story. Can you give us a little insight in to your background? Cov lad who grew up in Cheylesmore. Had a few struggles in life like everyone, but found it matured me. Gave me strength when I needed it most. You’ve recently had some serious health problems. Tell us about how creativity has helped you? I have suffered with spinal issues from the age of 23, I had to give up work for seven years. This is when I found that doodling helped me to block the pain I suffered. I ended up doodling for up to 10 hours a day. My first doodle took me four years to complete. That’s when people told me I have a unique style and should develop it. This is


where the accidental artist was born. Then, more recently, I suffered a heart attack at the age of 31. That hit me hard. I then became a father six months after my heart attack. Depression and anxiety crept in, but I was able to use my talent and skill as an artist to overcome my mental health issues and it’s something I am now very passionate about raising awareness of. Creativity can be a vital part in the recovery process. Your art looks precise, is there a vision before you create? There’s no plan when I start. It’s all just what’s in my head at that time. I just go with the flow. Everything to me now is a canvas. What would be your ideal commission? My ideal commission would be the side of a building in the city. Something iconic that people can talk about for years to come. Something my kids and grandkids can be proud of.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? Very difficult for me to answer this. I have to live for the now and concentrate one year at a time. I’d love to see myself as someone who can inspire a generation of artists and also become a talking point for the community in Coventry. Finally. We hear you’d like to doodle on buses and phone boxes. Is that true and what’s the idea behind it? YES! Like I mentioned earlier, everything to me is a canvas. Bus stops, phone boxes and so on. I thought it could be a good way to bring communities together and for the city to show off its talent and of course to add some colour to the city. I would be very happy and proud to play a part in putting Coventry firmly on the map for good! Follow: Keep up-to-date with Ian’s creative profile on Facebook @CoventryArts.

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