So I’m returning to Glastonbury for 2013 and I couldn’t be happier. This is my fourth festival working with Worthy FM and my sixth in total. I came as a punter in 1990 and 1991 and my only memory of the festival was rolling around in the mud to Adamski’s set. I say it was my only memory but I had NME to thank for this, as my clay covered face was plastered all over page 3 when I got back home. My only memory, in print, along with a wry smile every time ‘Killer’ comes on the radio.
I was young back then and cider was heavily involved.Oh how times have changed. Before I head back to Glastonbury this time, my biggest concern won’t be checking how much cider I can pack in to a rucksack, it’ll be making sure I’ve packed my moisturiser and I have a camera. If you’ve seen previous newsletters and pictures, you’ll know why. If you haven’t, let me explain.
I take a lot of photos at Glastonbury. And I’m usually in them, heavily moisturised, alongside some unsuspecting celebrity. I’m Worthy FM’s very own, one-man paparazzi. I’ve spent a lot of time, after doing my Breakfast Show in the morning, watching/following/stalking bands, celebrities and Peaches Geldolf. I’ve papped everyone from Damon Albarn to Russell Grant, Wayne Rooney to Andrew Marr.
Even the heavily disguised celebs (most notably, Will Young and Lily Allen) have been unable to escape my clutches. I’m good at it. I have a gift for spotting these people (and probably spend too much time reading Heat magazine). Doing this and having the honour of presenting the Breakfast Show every morning for Worthy FM, you’d think this would be what I’m most excited about.
Well, it’s not. And you may be surprised to know that it’s not the bands either. I’ll be watching The Rolling Stones and I am very excited about it. But it’s not what I’m most excited about.
The thing I am most excited about is seeing my family; the Worthy FM family. I have to say in all the years I’ve been going, all the bands and celebrities I’ve interviewed, all the great live music I’ve witnessed, all the great radio I’ve made, it’s the people of Worthy FM I’m most excited about seeing.
There’s something quite special about living in a field with people for a week. You’ll know that if you’ve been to a festival before. If that festival happens to be Glastonbury, then it’s very special. If you’re lucky enough to make radio for the people at Glastonbury Festival, with a team of people all pulling in the same direction, then it’s the experience of a lifetime. I’ve shared some great moments with my colleagues at Worthy FM, memories that I’ll have for the rest of my life and in my opinion that is the very essence of Worthy FM. It’s about making great radio, with great people and doing it with a smile on your face, even if your tent is floating down the hill.
I feel very privileged to be going back to see the family again and catching up with friends and I look forward to making new friends, in what will no doubt be a very special year again at Worthy FM. See you at Glasto!