Now then Dear Reader. When it comes to bands, I have a bit of a bucket list of those I’ve yet to see (sadly some of those on that list need exhuming as I’ve left it a bit late) and it gave me the greatest of pleasure to tick one of those off last weekend.
It was, as it is and has been for many years, the Isle of Wight Festival last weekend and in between bouts of babysitting for the small people, TG and I attended on the Saturday. Now I always know that we’re in for a bit of a session when TG begins the festival day by vowing that ‘this year’ he is ‘not going to drink’. Hmmm. If I believed that I’d believe anything, especially as we only got as far as the Folly en route before he declared that a Jamiesons would be just the sharpener he needed……
We enjoyed the very good boyband Lawson, the rather older Bonnie Raitt, Bastille and a nadge of Bloc Party. We had cocktails in the Drambuie Lounge. Danced some more. And then the hour arrived for my tick off.
When it comes to headliners at the IOWF I’ve seen a few good, bad and sometimes indifferent. But this year was one of the best and did not disappoint. From the moment Mr Flowers and his crew stepped onto the stage the whole festival stepped up several gears. They were a great festival band who ‘got it’. Hit after hit, a bit of the Beatles thrown in (when I’m 64 with its IOW reference) and also bizarrely some Sonia….They were really brilliant and the set passed in what seemed like a nano second.
We could have repaired home at this point but decided that more dancing was in order and so we finally made it to bed about 2.30ish knackered but having had 12 hours of the best entertainment around and all (in my case) for £25 (it’s who you know, don’t you know). Always a pleasure, never a chore and all to be repeated this time next year…..
We are off on our holliers this week to gay Paris. I’ve booked the river cruise, Versailles and Giverny but left plenty of time for wine and other things. I very much feel a break from work, life and certain people is in order and so I shall see you back here in the not too distant future with tales 0f fun and games and doubtless pictures of windows. Sante!
*This is us after quite a lot of dancing and maybe a drink or two…..we probably shouldn’t be let out in polite society…..