Sun­day Night Mu­sic Club host Danielle Perry is ex­cited about dis­cov­er­ing new bands and roam­ing free dur­ing the com­ing fes­ti­val sea­son.

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Ear­lier in the week, I pre­sented our joint Ab­so­lute Ra­dio/Q show alongside the magazine’s Re­views Ed­i­tor, Niall Do­herty. He told me this month’s edi­tion in­cluded a fes­ti­val spe­cial (see page 49), and that each year it be­comes harder and harder to con­dense be­cause of the sheer vol­ume of out­door mu­si­cal events. There are so many to choose from, aren’t there? It got me think­ing of my own per­sonal fes­ti­val his­tory – the highs, the lows, the mud, the sun­burn, the climb­ing of fences (sorry mum!) and the all-night, life-af­firm­ing wan­der­ings that will never be erased from my mem­ory. Through­out the years I’ve played in bands at fes­ti­vals, DJed at back­stage par­ties, re­ported for na­tional ra­dio and also bought tick­ets and roamed com­pletely free. And how things have changed. To­day I was on the un­der­ground and strolled past a huge poster for Wilder­ness, the fes­ti­val tak­ing place in Ox­ford­shire in Au­gust. It boasted per­for­mances such as “A Sun­day of Nina Si­mone with Laura Mvula & The Wilder­ness Orches­tra” and “Talks and de­bates with Tate Bri­tain” and made me re­alise how broad, var­ied and dif­fer­ent fes­ti­vals are to­day when com­pared with, say, just 10 years ago. This sum­mer, as I wan­der through those mu­si­cal fields with my lit­tle sev­en­month-old com­pan­ion, my fo­cus will have shifted. I’ll be ex­plor­ing the new bands tents, and tak­ing my time soak­ing up whole sets and ex­plor­ing the un­known. Day­time fes­ti­val pro­gram­ming is as im­por­tant as the head­lin­ers – they are the heart­beat of these events, and if you’re lucky you may see a fu­ture head­liner your­self. Some of my best shows have been in smaller venues: At The Drive-In at the Join­ers Arms in Southamp­ton, Red Snap­per (re­mem­ber them?!) at the new bands tent at Glas­ton­bury and many, many more. And you know what? I may even make it to work with­out tears in my eyes on the Tues­day! Lis­ten to The Sun­day Night Mu­sic Club from 8pm ev­ery week on Ab­so­lute Ra­dio.

Danielle: “my all-night, life-af­firm­ing wan­der­ings around fes­ti­vals will never be erased from my mem­ory.”

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