Festivals: Some small disasters, but it all worked out fine in the end.
July 30, 2013. No comments.
1. As I walked on stage my guitar fell off it’s stand (stupid cheap stand). Then the pick up didn’t work and I had to loosen all the strings and change the battery before we started. And the tuner went nuts….
Great gig though!
2. It rained and thundered but luckily I had a big umbrella.
1. My cellist had the mumps. But she didn’t know that’s what it was and played and sang beautifully anyway.
2. When I went to collect my new harp stand top it didn’t fit the base but with a bit of spark-flying skill it got finished just in time (and Mike very kindly donated the foam from his guitar case to gaffa-tape on top for grip)
3. It was very very hot. Luckily we all survived.
4. The fridge in my campervan still had a carton of milk from Glastonbury stuck inside it…. imagine the smell! It took me 2 days before I could tackle that one.
1. I live less than an hour away but it took 5 hours from leaving home to parking up, and getting in to the festival was a bit like Challenge Anneka – even with 3 kinds of official passes. But we had a lot of laughs on the way.
2. I had my van searched and we were refused access to Croissant Neuf, but I found myself camping next to some good friends in a very nice spot anyway.
4. I ran out of phone charge so on the day of the gig I had no idea what time it was or when the rickshaw was coming to pick me up. Thankfully I guessed about right.
4. The drummer, bass player and electric guitarist I had over-enthusiastically agreed could join us (though they had never played any of my songs before) never turned up! Which was a relief as it was hard enough to hear as it was up there.
5. I got very very lost but found my way back in time to see The Rolling Stones (from an uncomfortable jostling distance away and on a tiny speaker system apparently…were they expecting the neighbours to complain?)
keeping your phone battery charged (and why you will later regret making videos of the band when you lose your mates and can’t text them)
the all-weather essentials you finally manage to nail by the end of August
the importance of wet wipes, toilet roll, water, and multipacks of crisps
how to survive the portaloos with Vicks Vapour Rub under your nose and a quick-to-remove belt
why you never learn that a lie-in is just not an option when you are camping so going to bed really late means you will not, I repeat, not, get enough sleep…