Hello and welcome to your free copy of Slap Magazine, issue eighty one. It’s a bumper issue too - our biggest yet in fact - 64 pages packed with local arts and music news and events. We hope you enjoy your read.

In this issue we have a feature on Kidderminster College which specialises in music courses. We are honoured indeed to have lecturer Andy Edwards give us his insight on the importance of the college which has produced some of the biggest names in music production and performance over the years.

The last weekend in May brought us the first big festival weekend of the year, so if you were at Bearded Theory, Mello, Lechlade, Hay, Breaking Bands, Dubs in the Middle or any one of the many small gatherings in the region, you will have experience our good old British weather which managed to throw everything at us including thunder storms. Thankfully though, we also had our fair share of sunshine to keep us happy and looking forward to a long summer festival season.

There is no better combination to my mind than when artists, performers and musicians collaborate to create something extra special. This months front cover highlights the brand new 10 day free festival known as ‘The Weogoran Pavilion’ to be held at South Quay in Worcester as part of ‘The Ring’ - a Canal & River Trust ‘Arts on the Waterways’ project.

There is of course so many more festivals to look forward to over the coming weeks, take a look at the full list on page 52, as well all the usual news, reviews and previews from our region which gets culturally richer seemingly every year...

Kim Jong-ed

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