Finally recovered from a truly wonderfull sunny happy Glastonbury Festival. If I feel tired, I can only imagine how young parents of 4 month Noah ( one of the youngest humans at the festival) must be feeling. Michael Smith, formerly of Shepton Mallet and his partner Emily Close decided to take in their little baby each day, but didnt camp. They said everyone was really helpful, and they all had a lovely experience despite some unneccesary 'mum shaming' on facebook. When I saw little Noah he was slathered in factor 50 suncream, wearing cute baby ear defenders, being shaded by a parasol and happy as anything! Hear my interview with the family, and all our other 'Glastonbury Insights' on www.radioshepton.com and our mixcloud account.
When I wasn't reporting for Radio Shepton, I also took my two boys and hubby along. The heat, crowds and toilets were their least favourite part of the experience, but they absolutely loved the energy, the amazing kidz field and especially the green kids field with giant pirate ship and sand pit. We all watched 'Years & Years' and ofcourse 'Kylie'. Up at the stone circle ( where i'd been part of the huge Extinction rebellion human sculpture and protest march on the Thursday, they were handing out free food. It had been gathered up from across the site. Food which would otherwise have gone to waste. It was delicious, saved us money and also the planet!
A huge surprise highlight was when Sir David Attenborough came onto the pyramid stage and praised the festival and people who have made changes to their lifestyle to minimise plastic and waste. All the big stage headliners were great, but lets not forget the hundreds of bands, musicians, performers, comedians, poets and speakers all around the site. My top tip for anyone going next year, is to go off the beaten track. Especially check out circus, cabaret and theatre fields and the Green fields including green futures, tipi field and the wisdom keepers. My kids really loved Glastonbury-on -sea too, with dodgems, puncjh and judy and candyfloss!
Michael and Emily Eavis - another small request. Next Year, for the 50th anniversary, please can you invite back some of the older local people who came to your very first festival up pilton? Our nextdoor neighbour would love to see how far the festival has come since 1970 #Glasto70
I'm a 43 year old, mum of two little boys- currently living in Shepton Mallet in Somerset. I'm the Founder and Creative Director of Radio Shepton, a Stand up and comedian and spoken word performer, and write a regular column for The Wells and Shepton Mallet Journal. Which is the basis for my blog usually. I lived in Swedish Lapland for 7 years until 2014 where my boys were born. My partner and I ran a husky dog sledding business. Before that I was a poet, radio presenter, media lecturer, writer, TV producer, actress and burlesque performer ! I never want my life to be boring :)