Despite the weathers best efforts, it seems that summer is around the corner and if this bumper issue of Slap Magazine is anything to go by, event organisers and promoters are feeling the vibes already. At a time when the national press are reporting venues closing and organisations like the Music Venue Trust are campaigning to support grassroots venues, it is heartwarming to see so much happening in the region.

According to our resident geek, in 2018 alone, Slap has listed almost 3000 events. If that doesnt show you what a hotbed of talent we have here, nothing will! There is clearly no excuse not to get out and support your local scene.

Youll find information about a multitude of events and exhibitions, like The Ring an arts programme based on the canal ring between Worcester and Droitwich - running through the summer with an ever changing programme of events and installations. The Empathy Museums A Mile in My Shoes will be installed in Worcesters Cathedral Square for ten days at the end of the month, after successful residencies in London, San Paolo and Western Australia. As if this wasnt enough, we have listings from over 200 venues across the region with a jam packed programme of music, theatre, dance and spoken word.

Weve also been inundated with news of new releases from musicians including Stourbridges own Jess Silk whos hosting an album launch on 11th May and prodigal son Vinny Peculiar with Return of the Native (on regular rotation in the Slap office right now). Were also featuring the new releases from Liberty Artillery, Wille and the Bandits, Poppy WS, Ed Strong and Inkubus Sukkubus. More information on these later in the issue.


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