You play the guitar! Tell us about that, when you learnt and how you find it.
‘Playing’ the guitar is extremely kind, but I’ll take it. I did play the guitar when I was a teenager, and I wasn’t too bad. But as I’ve grown older, idleness has kicked in, and I’m lucky if I pick up the guitar for more than five minutes at a time, once in a blue moon. Saying that, in lockdown, with little else to do, I did find myself picking the guitar back up again and playing it quite a bit, which was quite rewarding and made me question why I didn’t do it more often. But that was lockdown, a strange time.
Following on from that, judging by your Instagram feeds you go to A LOT of gigs and festivals. What’s the best festival you’ve attended and why?
For me my favourite festival will always be Glastonbury. I’ve been lucky enough to attend a number of times and see some amazing acts, but what sets it apart is the feel of the place, the positive energy of the surrounding fields and farmland, and everyone’s desire to have a wonderful time. My Glasto highlight has to be either seeing Blur reunite to headline the Sunday night slot on my first visit in 2009. Or, as an avid Beatles fan, seeing Paul McCartney this year was pretty special, in spite of his advancing years and croaking voice, that is.
You’re one of the most tattooed members of the SITA team, tell us about your ink - any meaning behind them and any fun backstories?
I’ve pretty much got a collection of jumbled tattoos acquired on various trips without too much thought going into them. I’d love to tell you that they mean something extremely meaningful, but that would be a lie. I do have a tattoo of Bertie Bassett on my foot, though, with the sole inspiration being the link to my surname. Do I regret it? Absolutely not
And finally, what’s the last pub you visited?
The last pub I visited was my local - The Birdcage in Stoke Newington, which is just down the road from me. It had been a bit of a dive previously, but after being shut for a few years for renovation, it’s back open with something of a bang. Lots of wide-screen TVs make it ideal for watching sport, while there’s a half-decent beer selection and some very average pub grub. I’m not saying go out of your way to go there, but if you’re passing by…