Hello slappers, here we are again with yet another packed issue of SLAP.

It has been a very busy month for us with never a dull moment. We’ve been looked after well at various festivals such as Nozstock, see our pictorial on pages 18 & 19 and a personal insight by performer and writer Sion Lidster. Another big highlight of August was Lakefest, another great festival which for me, helped by the glorious weather, surpassed the promise it showed during the formative years.

We were also well looked after at this years Malvern Rocks Festival which again showed great promise. Early indications indicate huge amounts being raised for Acorns, its chosen charity.

As we go to press we are looking forward to this years Worcester Music Festival which should prove to be the biggest yet. Acts are coming from all over the country to get involved to help raise money and awareness for Worcester Deaf Children’s Society and Sight Concern Worcestershire.

We also take a look back at some of the highlights at this years Gloucester Blues Festival and Blues at The Jinny Ring, all packed with incredible perfomances and once again, right on our doorstep.

The summer isn’t over yet folks, there’s still plenty to get your teeth into this month. There is the Ringmaster Festival which has thankfully found a new home near Cleobury Mortimer. As the festival season slows down we get news of the all new Hereford Live coming in October, more about that in next months issue.

So enjoy this our 30th edition of SLAP which hopefully has something for everyone and highlights many of the diverse Art exhibitions, courses and workshops available. Keep supporting our local performers including the various spoken word and poetry events which again highlight the rich diversity of talent around these parts.

Taking of poetry, I for one am looking forward to seeing the institution that is John Cooper Clarke (cover story) at Artrix in Bromsgrove this month.

And finally, as always we still want your contributions and views, particularly you young ‘uns, so get out there and try your hand at writing about a band you see or anything else you find interesting, you never know someone else might do to!

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