Dear readers, performers, artists, advertisers, contributors, supporters and anyone working in arts or entertainment.

We did not want for issue 101 of SLAP Mag to be entered in to 'room 101'... But with the current situation regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) that we all find ourselves in, we are aware that producing a print edition of SLAP mag for April 2020 is not viable. Our distribution points are mostly public spaces where people gather, the current advice by the government is to avoid these (without, by the way, any support for those industries, or those who support them).

It would be unfair on our advertisers, many of which are stockists of SLAP Mag, it wouldn't be fair on our delivers to distribute them, and that's if there's anyone around to pick up a copy to read. The likelihood is, judging by our inbox this morning, many venues, pubs and theatres will be forced to close without any of the protections of an enforced closure scenario.

We hope you and your loved ones are not too badly affected either by the virus or by the long term consequences of.
Best regards
Isolate-Ed x

Slap Magazine: Issue 28 July 2013

Slap Magazine Issue 28 July 2013, July 2013

Hello Slappers! Out of flaming June and into jolly July as the local festivals come thick and fast. No time to get over a cracking weekend at Wychwood before we are out in the sunshine and listening to some great music at places like The Fold Blues, West Fest in Malvern, The Colwall Fest, Severn Sounds, Upton Blues and of course Nozstock to name but a few. If you can catch your breath after that, have a look forward to August, it just gets better!

This months issue catches up with the quite brilliant sound of The Rattlin’ Doors (cover story), we’re looking forward to seeing them live very soon. We also take our usual look at all the brilliant things going on at theWorcester Arts Workshop, The Boars Head Gallery and school art at the Cathedral. We also feature an interesting music project - ‘If Wet...’ based at Callow End. Also featured is a live music and fashion event at the Orf Café in Balsall Heath in the middle of the month. We also bring news of a new grant scheme for Wyre Forest artists following the hard fought campaign to save the now destroyed Kidderminster Library Gallery.

With so much diverse music and art projects springing up locally, it’s really begining to feel like we are all working towards a rich cultural explosion within our communities in the face of funding cuts and economic austerity. No more so than at the Boar’s Head in Kidderminster which not only caters for artists and musicians alike but has now been recognised as the best small venue marked by a visit to the House of Commons for patrons Sid and Sandra- wel done to them!

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