Hello folks and welcome to another edition of SLAP. Events and festivals are coming at us thick and fast, starting with, as we go to press, our annual pilgrimage to Nozstock. This year holds a special interest as we pilot our first tentative steps into SLAP TV with an interview with Noz and Ella, from surely the best loved local camping festival. If you havenít already had the pleasure, visit our website for a YouTube preview of things to come.

In this issue we highlight two urban festivals right on your doorstep! Firstly, our centre spread maps out your first weekendís entertainment in the shape of Malvern Rocks. Building on the huge success of last yearís inaugural event, itís shaping up to be even bigger and better this time round - all for a very worthy cause. Be sure to pick up the very impressive tabloid style programme. The weekend after brings Lakefest, showcasing top quality acts just minutes down the road at Croft Park near Tewkesbury.

Later in the month, of course, we have the Worcester Music Festival which transforms the City into a hotspot of gigs, workshops and general entertainment of the highest standard. We are proud to be, once again, associated with this fine fund-raising event with a SLAP all-dayer at the Worcester Arts Workshop; just one of many attractions from the venues opening their doors all weekend for free.

As well as looking back at events such as Droitwich Music & Arts Festival, Upton Blues, The Fold, Minifest and West Fest, we look forward to the Kidderminster Arts Festival, the subject of this monthís front cover with the ĎSpurting Maní no less.

It has to be said, itís getting harder to find space in our august publication to highlight the many exciting events taking place around these parts. We still need more advertisers to help us keep going and we always welcome new contributers and new ideas, so please keep in touch...

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