For those of you who’ve been reading this rubbish for a while, the fact that I am a huge fan of the Isle of Wight Festival will come as no surprise at all. For those of you who see me as a boring old trout you will be most amused to hear that I can party in the mud, fairy wings firmly on with the best of them!
This year’s fesi was a bit different in that a. I attended with TG as opposed to my normal alcoholic circle of friends and b. The kids were there in force – not just my own but the step child as well. On the basis of these two things I felt that I ought to tone down what has in the past been, quite frankly Dear Reader, carnage. There was the occasion with the Smurfs, the one where I tried to convince an audience of circa 60k that I could indeed fly to the front of the crowds wearing fairy wings and an unfortunate incident with a Viking….I could go on but I fear you would be shocked. In any case we had a lot of fun…
There were lots of flags
And plenty of music
There were rides
And a hat or two
And so as we toddled home on Saturday night with two thirds of the festival under our belts we were happy…..
But then disaster struck. For the first time in the ten year history of the Festival – it rained. And it rained and then just for good measure it rained some more…
There were young ladies still in their shorts and skimpy tops with goosebumps the size of golf balls and chaps manfully trying to light cigarettes in the (now horizontal) driving rain. After much prevarication (and I mean much – you should have SEEN the rain!) TG and I went specifically to watch Jeff Beck and his wonderful bunch of musicians. The streaky bits in the photo are not just me being crap but in actual fact monsoon like torrential rain! I feared for my camera!!
And then, on the basis that there was no one else that we were desperate to see, we threw in the towel. We spent a very pleasant evening with the smallest members of the family eating Chinese and watching a film and when the older folks returned just after midnight covered in mud, were very glad that we had.
It was brilliant – but then for me it always is and TG did remark that he hadn’t seen me have so much fun in ages. I shall of course be purchasing a ticket for next year – it’s the best £200 odd quid’s worth of entertainment around and life is far too short not to go. Looking forward to it already!
* Just so as you know – In the above photo we are a little red in the facial region and a small bit sweaty looking due to
excessive drinking vigorous dancing…..
** I am also sporting attractive hat hair – I’m sure it doesn’t look like that in real life….
*** I do however have that many chins more’s the pity.