Seeing this picture of Glastonbury this year brought back some vivid memories. In 1992, much to my disappointment, my friend Shep won two tickets to the Reading Festival. Weâ€™d been the year before and it had all been a bit too much of an experience for my 16-year-old brain. We had erected our tent bang in the middle of a riot zone; we saw our first freaks, we discovered that camping sucks and we almost drove each other insane.
I really didnâ€™t want to go, but Shep has a way of persuading me to do things I canâ€™t be bothered to do. Sometimes for the best, sometimes not.
On day two I woke up at 6AM and thought I might have peed my pants. I knew whatever had happened was bad but didnâ€™t want to move, as that would confirm the inevitable. I led immobile for a while. Soon I started shivering so I thought Iâ€™d better investigate. When I moved I realized the whole lower half of my body was saturated. I had gone to sleep in my jeans and weâ€™d had a flood. The tent was pitched at an angle so all the water was under me. Shep was dry as a bone. I was so devastated by the situation I started bleating like a toddler. SHEP, SHEEEPPPPP, Iâ€™M WET, WAKE UP, Iâ€™M WET, SHEEEEPPPPâ€¦ (you bloody brought me here, wake up!) After a few minutes bitching Shep leaned up, opened the tent door, cupped his hands and limply flung drabs of water out of the door. I was close to tears.
We eventually got up and head towards Reading town center, not sure what we were looking for. I walked scarecrow fashion, quivering like a jelly. Shep, worried I was going to lose my mind, comforted me as we walked. It was bitter cold and every time my jeans touched my legs I let out a little yelp. Eventually we found a Midland bank with a heated foyer. We went inside and I slumped on the floor pressing my legs up against a hot radiator. It was pure bliss.
[Next year Shep got his comeuppance. On the first night of Glastonbury 1993 we were burgled whilst we were out watching a band. They took Sheps rucksack, all his clothes, even his socks and undies. They left me all my stuff including my valuable electronic hardware. Shep had one pair of undies and 3 days before he was going home. Oh dear.]