Thanks once again for picking up your free copy of SLAP! We were overwelmed by the response we received after the first issue, so much so that we have grown by eight pages and increased our circulation by 50%.

We knew the first issue was a hard act to follow, so this felt a little like the perverbial ‘follow up album’. We once again need to thank all our lovely contributers and assistance such as the tireless Chris Bennion (go find a comfy sofa to read it), Andy O’Hare and Ralph Tittley, all of whom provide valuable content for us, the others know who they are...

In this issue there is plenty of advice and food for thought for new, up and coming acts with ‘Top Tips’ from Andy, advice on ‘getting noticed’ by Chris as well as an interesting feature on the ‘Social Media Revolution’. Its an exciting time here in Worcestershire for artists and performers, with venues and club nights increasing rapidly. The Bunker, for example has moved very successfully to Friday nights at Keystones which is a much needed and valuable platform for local and unsigned bands. More art exhibitions are springing up and we at SLAP look forward to ‘Movement’ re-opening this Spring on Foregate Street (see our feature), with the Ralph Coates exhibition.

We also review one of best nights Worcester has seen in years when Dreadzone came to town to perform at the Marrs Bar. Rumour has it, by the way, they loved it and can’t wait to come back!

We are excited to have featured this month on our cover and centre spread the amazing Zebedy Rays who’s frontman Adam Hickman gave us a ‘SLAP ‘exclusive’ ahead of the current ‘War and Whiskey’ tour.

Which brings us to our next issue... Who knows what the joys of Spring will bring? If you know then tell us! We are constantly looking for more content so please feel free to respond via the emails for listings, editorial or to advertise with us. Get in touch via our facebook page which has to date hit almost 20,000 post views. Our ebook, which can be through facebook and on www.slapmag.co.uk has also taken off extremely well. We especially need people to help us out in areas such as Kidderminster, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Evesham, Pershore & Upton.

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