Ann Wallace • Editor
worst rain and
mud since the
48 years ago,
estivals have long been a feature of our great British summer, as
revellers in their thousands fill muddy fields to hear the latest bands.
And mud certainly seems to be a feature – certainly at Glastonbury,
arguably our most famous festival. In 2016, it suffered the worst rain
and mud since the festival began 48 years ago, consuming the region’s entire
supply of woodchip – which had been spread over the 1,000 festival acres – in
Thought to be the oldest popular music festival still in existence, the Reading
Festival launched in 1961 as the National Jazz and Blues Festival. This year,
it’s on 24th-26th August with acts including Fall Out Boy, Kendrick Lamar and
Panic! At the Disco.
Festivals are far older than you might think. The first known music festival
was the Pythian Games, a precursor of the Olympics, which was held from
the late sixth century BC at the sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi. A general
celebration of all things beautiful, it included a day of musical competitions.
Back up to date, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best festivals on page 26, not
just music but family fun and food, and you’ll find three more foodie festivals
on page 96.
On the subject of food, Anna Turns has been tasting the delights of South
Hams in Devon for us, from Alf ’s hearty breakfast to a glamorous high tea and
posh dinner. Eat your fill on page 48.
We also talk to Fred Sirieix, everyone’s favourite Frenchman and the
mâitre d’ on Channel 4’s hit show
. He talks about the importance of
restaurant service, and his love for his home town, Limoges, on page 16.
The place to be this summer is Edinburgh – and not just for the famous
festivals (see, we’ve got a theme going here!). It’s a beautiful city with plenty of
culture, green spaces, great restaurants and fun things to do. Read our guide
on page 42.
We also check out this year’s Open golf championship, try out the new
rooftop pool at Ragdale Hall Spa, and visit a business that’s all about bikes.
All this and more.
Enjoy your flight – and your copy of