How to accept you’re a ‘family festival’ person now
DID you used to get blitzed on drugs at festivals, but now take your kids to the ones with craft tents and puppet shows? Here’s how to cope:
Get used to insipid music
No more Orbital for you, chum; instead it’s ukulele bands called things like The Woodfolk Singers who tell stories between songs. Develop a tolerance for bland toss by only listening to daytime Radio 2.
Downgrade your drugs stash
Es and weed can go straight down the toilet. Your family-friendly drug stash will now consist of Junior Disprol, Tums for Kids, Calpol and enough valium to get you through another day of shrieking little bastards.
Expect learning activities
Family festivals are painfully middle class, so expect workshops on basket weaving and eco-friendly tie-dyeing. Leave a project ‘drying out’ at every tent and never return for it.
Prepare for eclectic headliners
Stormzy? Foo Fighters? Uh-uh. The headliners of your festivals will be whoever said yes, so get ready to watch The Wedding Present and Voice of the Beehive in a field near Swindon full of Waitrose customers.
For a start you’ll be with your partner and they, like every other MILF or DILF, will be permanently exhausted from the punishing regime of shoulder-carrying a five-year-old painted like Pikachu.
Don’t have a midlife crisis
Don’t try to recapture your lost youth by moshing with terrified four-year-olds in front of a folk band doing ironic Metallica covers. If you feel a mental breakdown coming on, self-medicate with the middle-aged drug known as ‘wine boxes’.