Yes I was there. I met her a few years ago at the Isle of Wight Festival – and she was back. This time she had decided to hold her Hen Party at the Festival. I got back yesterday – and can confirm that I have now dried out. It rained. And then some.
This was my 8th Festival – the first was when we saw Bowie back in 2004. It’s become a regular feature of my summer. The music is fantastic, the food average, the accommodation poor and the toilets dire. But altogether it is a great experience…
Highlight of the show was probably Kings Of Leon, but Tom Jones, Kaiser Chiefs, The Courteeners, Pulp and the Manic Street Preachers were great too. The two surprises were PiL (Johnny Rotten) and Mike & The Mechanics. Johnny was on good form – and was as angry as hell about the technical issues he was being served up. He walked off for 5 minutes until they sorted it all out! And Mike and his Mechanics played one of my favourite songs of all time – Genesis’ ‘Follow You, Follow Me‘ – and it was brilliant.
Boy George was ‘interesting’, We Are Scientists were off the wall and Seasick Steve appeared to have brought a scrapyard of instruments – fashioned from car hubcaps, planks of wood and the occasional nail and piece of string!
Collectively at the party some 304,000 pints of beer were drunk (at £3.90 a pint!) and 70,000 burgers were eaten. I had three pig sandwiches.
But 2011 will be remember for the rain – it relentlessly fell on Sunday for around 14 hours. The fields looked like a scene from a war film. We got wet.
As for Kate – we were a bit too busy to spend any time with her. Maybe next time?
I have been asked several times if we will go in 2012 – and the answer is yes – but we will take more all-weather gear!