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 72 August 2017

Slap Magazine Issue 72 August 2017, August 2017

Hello readers, and welcome to the August issue of Slap - well there’s an opening line I didn’t think I’d get to write...

Yes folks, it’s been a tough deadline following the come down from the best Nozstock Festival ever; we were blown away by the weird and wonderful eclectic mix of dancers, acrobats and artists, the new Elephant Graveyard stage bar area and totally amazed by the newly improved Cabinet of Lost Secrets. It truely is a unique festival, continually evolving and full of passion. Even heavy rain on the Friday couldn’t dampen our spirits.

We took our cover image from the White Feather Collective’s performance on the Saturday evening at the wonderful bandstand stage. Lost for words, as we still are, we’ve put together a snapshot of our personal memories from Noz.

Also in this issue we bring you a few highlights from the Upton Blues festival held on the same weekend as well as plenty of reviews, previews and news from around the area.

August is here and brings with it plenty more outdoor shenanigans around this region. We have a full list of local festivals at the back of this issue to whet your appetite and we’re looking forward to some festival friendly weather for the next few weeks at least.

I’ve ranted before on this page about the impact of forced venue closures, ripping the heart and soul out of communities. The latest under threat in our region is the survival of The Flapper in Birmingham following talk of development plans for demolition to make way for apartments, very sad times indeed.

Let’s end on a positive note shall we? We bring news of Arts Council England funding secured for the Courtyard in Hereford and also Meadow Arts with its base in Ludlow securing funding for the next four years.

Have a smashing August, I’m off for a lie down...


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