Hi all and thanks for reading this, our 37th issue of SLAP - A great issue it is too...

There is so much going on this month I really don’t know where to start! Firstly we’ve had a record number of gig listings in so you you may need your reading glasses for this one. Also, we bring you more news and information on what’s going on in the three counties than ever before, thanks to our ever increasing army of contributors not to mention festival organisers and the artists themselves.

Talking of which we have Lechfest & Wychwood kicking off the festival season to look forward to this month. Apart from that we haveHellensMusic 2014: a classical music festival in Much Marcle, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and SevernSound Beer & Music Festival here in Worcester, not to mention the Upton Folk & Stourbridge Blues festivals this May too. All good stuff and something for everyone!

We have more arts news than ever before too with all the latest from the Worcester Arts Workshop, The Boars Head Gallery and the Malvern Cube in addition to news from the Worcestershire Arts Partnership.

Looking back on April it has to be said that Record Store Daywas a huge success across the region for independent shops and vinyl junkies alike. With live bands, DJs and ‘record’ record sales, everyone’s a winner. We had our first taste of summer over the Easter bank holiday and with two bank holidays in May to look forward to, let’s hope the weather can keep us all smiling throughout the merry month of May.

Egg Ed

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