Hello Slappers! Out of flaming June and into jolly July as the local festivals come thick and fast. No time to get over a cracking weekend at Wychwood before we are out in the sunshine and listening to some great music at places like The Fold Blues, West Fest in Malvern, The Colwall Fest, Severn Sounds, Upton Blues and of course Nozstock to name but a few. If you can catch your breath after that, have a look forward to August, it just gets better!

This months issue catches up with the quite brilliant sound of The Rattlin Doors (cover story), were looking forward to seeing them live very soon. We also take our usual look at all the brilliant things going on at theWorcester Arts Workshop, The Boars Head Gallery and school art at the Cathedral. We also feature an interesting music project - If Wet... based at Callow End. Also featured is a live music and fashion event at the Orf Caf in Balsall Heath in the middle of the month. We also bring news of a new grant scheme for Wyre Forest artists following the hard fought campaign to save the now destroyed Kidderminster Library Gallery.

With so much diverse music and art projects springing up locally, its really begining to feel like we are all working towards a rich cultural explosion within our communities in the face of funding cuts and economic austerity. No more so than at the Boars Head in Kidderminster which not only caters for artists and musicians alike but has now been recognised as the best small venue marked by a visit to the House of Commons for patrons Sid and Sandra- wel done to them!

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