About Panic

Panic Online is the website for Panic Magazine – a free, not for profit guide to music and the arts in the Chelmsford area.

Panic Magazine was founded in 2005 when a group of like-minded individuals met in the Bay Horse pub in Chelmsford, Essex, with the idea of creating a fanzine for the local area. After five years and over 50 issues, the magazine is still going strong and takes an important role in promoting local bands, artists and organisations that boost the local arts scene.

Originally a monthly publication, in 2011 the decision was made to move to a quarterly therefore emphasising quality over quantity. This coincided with the redesign and relaunch of the website, which now serves not only as an archive of printed articles but also regularly publishes new and exclusive content.

Panic encompasses more than the magazine and the website. Other projects include the annual Panic Awards, monthly gigs in Chelmsford, and in the past has included collaborations such as Panic in the Streets – a series of coordinated gigs around the town.

Everybody involved in Panic is a volunteer, and provides all of their time and services for free. Panic is funded solely from advertising and fundraising, and continues to promote music, culture and the arts in the Chelmsford and mid-Essex area.

We hope that you enjoy the articles, reviews and other content on the site, and pick up a magazine when you next see one in town. Most of all, we hope you take part in any way you can in the wealth of culture, arts and entertainment that Chelmsford has to offer.

Matt Pawsey
Editor – Panic Magazine