Well, summer has been good so far, so long as we can just concentrate on the weather and ignore all the politics...

As usual weve been out and about checking out and reporting back from just a few of the local festivals. In this issue we review Wychwood, Mello, Jinney Ring Folk, Hay on Wye and Asparafest, all very different but all with very positive feedback.

We also look forward to a few festivals happening this month such as Upton Blues, Jinney Ring Blues and of course Nozstock. And thats just the start! We also bring you the low down on Ledbury Poetry Festival, Eveshams successful Festival of Words and Dancefest too. We have gig reviews, previews and new releases - so plenty to keep you occupied until the sun shines again!

We also take a look at many of the exhibitions and goings on around the art centres in our locality. Its so nice to see so much happening, with such variety too.

Talking of the arts, news reaches us of a shift in Arts Council funding in the country as a whole. From next year more funds will find its way out of the capital with an extra 42.5m per year to be spent outside London, with 183 organisations added to the funding portfolio.

With plans for a brand new caf, arts hub, music venue and rehearsal space in Worcester which aims to 'develop a happy inviting atmosphere where creativity, arts and the community can flourish' this all bodes well for the arts locally.

As we continue to expand our magazine circulation, we aim to reach out further through more social media with the introduction of the Instagram platform, so do look out for that...

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