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 88 February 2019

Slap Magazine Issue 88 February 2019, February 2019

Hello one and all! Exciting times here at SLAP HQ as we go to press on the first issue of the year, coinciding with the start of Independent Venue Week. There are loads of events up and down the country celebrating independent venues and this region is no exception, with events at The Frog and Fiddle in Cheltenham and the Prince Albert in Stroud. We’re especially excited here in Worcester to have 6 Music's Steve Lamacq broadcasting his drive time show from BBC H&W before an event at the Marrs Bar.

It’s worth noting that thanks to the hard work of local promoters, Worcester is bucking the trend with new and interesting small, venues opening at a time when nationally many independent venues are facing closure.

So it's a new year, and we'll soon be moving in to the festival season. It's now the time for artists to submit their festival applications to the vast array of festivals in the UK. There's plenty of on-line resources listing where and how to apply (Sentric Music is one of our faves, with a regularly updated and comprehensive list). Having spoken with festival organisers, they receive thousands of applications, so don't be too despondent if you don't hear back. When it comes to completing an application form, we strongly advise answering the questions in full; for example if they request a link to a music stream platform or your social media links don't just put 'search my band name', they are more than likely to skip over that artist on to a correctly completed application form.

We wish all artists the best of luck with their applications to festivals in the 2019 season.

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