Take Note - with John Murray
As the festival season fast approaches, Edith Bowman’s Great British Music Festivals (Blink, £16.99) allows us an ‘all areas access’ to a lifetime of events with a view from the inside.
I first met Edith when she helped in her mum’s hotel, the Craw’s Nest in Anstruther, but soon she was hosting MTV then a career on Radio 1 and television followed from where she draws her festival experiences.
Two decades in fact as her 1995 fest debut was T in the Park while she was volunteering with Radio Forth – it was here that the young Edith cornered Kylie Minogue for an interview by waiting around by the ladies’ toilets backstage.
The pages come alive as you can imagine the author enthusing over seeing, hearing and interviewing musical heroes.
All the major shows are covered – Reading & Leeds, Cambridge Folk Festival, Isle Of Wight, V, Download and, of course, Glastonbury – as well as dance festivals and many others.
There are some photos from her personal collection throughout the book.
And in this digital age the reader can find additional exclusive content by scanning certain pages with phone or tablet – interviews with festival regulars like Noel Gallagher and Daman Albarn or Jake Bugg and Paul McCartney, along with ‘Edith’s Essentials’ for festival goers.