Panic… Offline

It’s seven years since I first got involved with Panic – and five since I became editor. In that time I have had the pleasure of producing many printed issues of the magazine, including the final issue with it’s full colour cover, as well as launching the new website. It’s been a lot of fun, but also a lot of hard work, and after doing the website on my own for the last few years I have decided to call it a day.

When Panic first started, as a magazine, it was the point of reference for the people of Chelmsford to find out what was going on locally. I remember picking it up myself in The Bay and checking the listings to see what gigs were happening, what was on in the theatre, and where to go that month. As time went on the magazine went from monthly to quarterly, and then eventually, as print deadlines and costs made the physical magazine impractical, we went fully online to offer the most up to date information possible.

The times have changed, however, and these days Facebook, Twitter, smartphones and all the other latest technology means that it is far easier for promoters and venues to advertise their events, and also for people to share their own photos, gig reviews and stories. Couple this with increased pressure at work and life in general, and now seems a sensible time for me to take Panic offline.

All that remains to say is a big thank you: to everybody that has ever volunteered for Panic, previous editors, writers, and photographers; to the venues that used to distribute the magazines for us; to The Golden Fleece and Barhouse for putting on our live events; to the advertisers that helped keep Panic – as a non-profit organisation – going; and finally to everybody that ever picked up a magazine, or logged on and read a page of the website.

The Panic name will continue, not least in the Panic Awards which continue to go from strength to strength due to the hard work of Andy Poole and his team, and I look forward to still going out and experiencing the wonderful artistic divertsity that Chelmsford has to offer.