Imagine living through the second world war, the moon landings, the winter of discontent and the Thatcher years only to spend all your pension on some ungrateful little oiks who take snapchats of you when you haven’t got your reading glasses on, and rinse your biscuit barrel on a regular basis.
Nans are more than just poorly paid babysitters and purveyors of Murray Mints; not only are they actually human, but they were young once too. Oh, and newsflash: people don’t change that much as they get older. That means if your Nan was raving in the Blue Angel in the 50s, screaming along to the Beatles in the Cavern in the 60s, or fashioning her own tartan Bay City Rollers flares in the 70s the first time round then the chances are she’s still got it in her.
Even if she’s got slightly more refined tastes, I’ve found something for everyone in this round up of British music festivals you can take your Nan to. Ditch the shampoo ‘n’ set for some glittery space buns and grab your supply of handbag sherry, it’s time to take her somewhere other than the Bingo for a change.
The City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival kicks off on Thursday 3 May 2018 right through to 7 May on the monday. Hard working Van Morrison headlines on the Sunday and Monday, and the full line up includes a whole heap of jazz workshops, dance classes, jazz orchestras, swing bands, quartets, soloists and choirs across Derry. Book your tickets at http://cityofderryjazzfestival.com/
Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod runs from 3 July to 8 July 2018 and boasts the Kaiser Chiefs, Toploader, and the Hoosiers amongst its Nan-friendly lineup. Enjoy Van Morrison, stunning Welsh male voice choirs, and musicians and artist from all over the world at the festival’s 71st year entertaining North Wales’s music lovers. Choose from day passes, tickets for evening concerts, or passes for the whole kit and caboodle online at http://international-eisteddfod.co.uk/
By The River, a Classic FM festival, is a one day event taking place on 11 August 2018 in the ever so refined location Henley on Thames (home to all things posh n Pimms) is sure to be a hit. Its incredible classical lineup includes Nan’s favourite Alfie Boe, Sir Karl Jenkins, and the most mindblowing classical guitarist you’ll likely ever hear: Milos. Kids under 12 are free, it’s picnic friendly, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the band of the Royal Marines will be playing some absolute bangers on the day. Get your tickets at www.bytheriverfestival.com
Scotfest is one of Scotland’s largest music festivals, held on 6th and 7th July at the Royal Highland Centre, just outside Edinburgh. The Friday line up boasts The Jacksons, Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers, Five Star and more. While the Saturday bill features Boyzone, Five, B*Witched, and East 17 amongst other acts. Get your tickets for either -or both – online at http://scotfestuk.com/
Wherever you take your Golden Girl this summer, treasure the memories. And go easy on those Murray Mints.