Covid tests, a camper van and bed before 10pm – my weekend at Latitude

Despite being thrilled at the prospect of performing on a big stage again, I have to say the idea of the weekend freaked me out slightly, writes Jenny Eclair

Monday 26 July 2021 21:30
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<p>Nice to see you again: Latitude Festival returned to Henham Park, Suffolk, over the weekend</p>

Nice to see you again: Latitude Festival returned to Henham Park, Suffolk, over the weekend

I’ve just returned from performing a live podcast show at Latitude Festival, so obviously I am writing this in the bath, gazing adoringly at my indoor flushing lavatory. Bliss.

I am not a natural camper, so it’s a good job my stage partner and “Older and Wider” podcast co-host Judith Holder managed to book a camper van. That said, due to height and age factors (I’m younger and shorter), I drew the sleeping quarters short straw, which meant spending the night on a shelf with the roof of the van a couple of inches from my nostrils. Yes, just one night. That was quite sufficient because, to be honest, I was in two minds about going in the first place.

Our podcast “Older and Wider” was originally offered a slot at the festival in the halcyon pre-Covid days of early 2020 – and even back then, I was reluctant. I’m fussy about performing in tents. The acoustics are tricky and people wander in and out. Basically, when I’m gigging, I like a black box, bums on seats and no distractions, thank you.

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