It’s another bumper month here in Slapland with so much to look forward to as we deadline on the hottest day of the year so far!

It was wonderful to see the sun shining on Glastonbury this year with some incredible performances beamed straight into your home. But remember, Glastonbury would be nothing if wasn’t for the unique grass roots music culture we have in this country, so while it’s fantastic to see the festival vibe on the red button it’s nowhere near as good as actually being there. Tickets may be scarce for Glastonbury but there are literally hundreds of festivals up and down the country that need your support...

In the following pages we look back at two very different local festivals for you, Wychwood in Cheltenham and Hopfest in Bewdley just to get you in the festy mood.

This months local festivals include our very own mini Glasto in Noztock the Hidden Valley near Bromyard, The brilliant 2000 Trees in Cheltenham, El Darado in Ledbury and Linton in Ross- on- Wye, to name but a few. If outdoor festival aren’t your thing, there are some cracking urban festivals to go to like Upton Blues Festival, Bromsgrove Folk, Stroud, Cheltenham, ledbury, Gloucester... The list is endless, well not quite, but it is printed on page 46. So fingers crossed for a continuation of the hot spell because festivals are always better when the sun is shining.

If spoken word and poetry is your thing then you’re in for a busy month ahead with events such as brilliant Ledbury Poetry Festival, Bromsgrove and the many local and regular events coming up.

Our cover image is by Andy Burton highlighting the ‘May the Toys be with You’ event running at the Worcester Art Gallery and Museum opening in July and running into September...

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