Hello and thanks for picking up your free copy of SLAP, the last one for another year, and what a year its been!

This is always the hardest edition of the year to put together as its officially a double issue, incorporating as much of January events, listings and previews as we possibly can. But this year has been especially difficult due to the sheer amount of quality copy coming in now from our growing team of contributers and choosing what to leave out has proved particularly demanding! So due to the financial restrains of the printing costs versus the advertising income it can be difficult getting the balance right.

In this issue we have our usual variety of the Arts, Theatre, live music and exhibitions to keep you up to date with news, reviews and previews for both December and January. Our cover story is singer/songwriter and former Bluetone Mark Morriss who is appearing at Malvern Cube in the New Year, one not to be missed. Indeed, with more great events in store, the Cube has been one of the success stories of the year. When long standing venues such as The Jailhouse in Hereford are closing down we need all the positives we can get.

I cant believe this edition completes four years of SLAP, its incredible where the time has gone. A big thanks must go out to all of those, and you know who you are, who have supported us and kept us going with your encouragement when thoughts of closing down ourselves creep in.

So with Christmas on the horizon (there, Ive said the C word - happy now?), we go full swing into party mode and hope the New Year brings some much needed relief to the severe austerity measures before more venues close their doors.

See you on the other side...

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