One of the hardest things about running SLAP mag is what to ‘leave out’ on deadline day. The advertising keeps growing which enables us to get bigger and to keep this as a free and valid publication. We've gone back up to 56 pages this month and still there’s not enough room between the covers to feature everything that goes on in this area.

I was going to highlight the many brilliant festivals we have on our doorstep but with so many to choose from it’s impossible to cover everything. The major festivals like Lunar, Lakefest, Nozstock & Wychwood all have full page ads within but there are many more. Just to give you an example - this month we have Out to Grass at Malvern, The Stourbridge Blues. The Breaking Bands Nr Bromsgrove, Lechlade, Severn Sounds, Jinney Ring Blues, Wychwood at Cheltenham, Hellens Music at Much Marcle and a good few more besides. Certainly something for everyone there but I just know I’ll be told off for leaving some out...

Our listings pages are getting ever more cramped due to the sheer volume of numbers which is a great problem to have, especially when reading glasses come at a reasonably low cost these days! A big thank you as usual to our ever growing army of contributors to these pages, and of course our distributors, all without whom this publication would be nothing.

Our cover features local legend Miles Hunt along with Erica Nockles of The Wonder Stuff. You can read what Miles had to say to SLAP ahead of their show at The Cube in Malvern which we are very excited about. Also check out our interview with Public Service Broadcasting ahead of their headline slot at Lunar Festival (5-7 June) on pages 24-25. We're looking forward to that one.

By the time you next read my editors notes we will have a new government hopefully, so we can see an end to austerity and the increasing financial divide then maybe we can enjoy this lovely spring weather we’ve been experiencing. That said, I'm off for a beer in the sunshine...

Abscond - Ed

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