In 2018, a tiny TJ and I headed out for a day in the sun at a local festival. I wasn’t sure how it would go but one of my all-time favourites, Beverley Knight, was performing so we slapped on the sun cream and headed down. We had a blast.
Fast-forward a few years and we decided to return as the local festival made its long-awaited comeback after Covid. The Lowde Fest didn’t disappoint once again.
The festival started from humble beginnings when its founder, Martin Lowde, first held the event in 2011 to raise some money for charity. Now, thousands of people come together in a Hampshire field near to his home (and mine) for a family-friendly party with food, drink and plenty of fairground rides thrown in for good measure. It is all in aid of The Lowde Music Trust which helps to advance the education and wellbeing of young people through the power and influence of music.
Just like in 2018, the sun shone brightly on the 2022 event – and this time we brought Ben, my partner, with us. My little team of three are always good fun at this type of event. The two of them spent hours rushing up and down the helter skelter, devouring delicious doughnuts and enjoying the tunes whilst I smiled from the sidelines.
This year’s musical line-up included a good slice of nostalgia with 80s acts Toyah Wilcox, Sonia and Carol Decker from T’pau. My favourite was definitely Faithettes, who started out as Paloma Faith’s live touring band before owning the stage in their own right. This was alongside some up and coming talent including Tribe who performed a fun and sunny selection of songs to a warm response from the happy and relaxed audience.
But an indisputable highlight for TJ (and maybe also me) was when he got to meet his CBeebies hero Justin Fletcher. After he busted out some kids party classics to his audience of mini but mega fans, TJ got some VIP treatment and went backstage to meet the man behind Mr Tumble. This kid went to Disney World and met Mickey Mouse earlier this year but I think this brush with celebrity was just as thrilling for him – thanks Martin Lowde for making this happen.
The third member of our crew, Ben, is definitely a fan of an ale or two – so Hampshire’s longest beer bar which proudly provided around 50 different ales was metaphorical music to his ears. We both enjoyed a couple of tipples throughout the proceedings and have looked up a couple to purchase bottles of for back at home too.
The three of us share a home now. Times have changed since we visited The Lowde Festival in 2018. Returning to the same spot was quite the time to reflect on how far we have all come. That little man I pushed around in a pram was now raving it up with the rest of them, including a somewhat painful stint on my shoulders to see over the crowds. He’s just about to finish his second year of Infant School and is smashing through his subjects – proud mama I am. And Ben and I are coming up to celebrating our three year anniversary – something I didn’t really imagine happening in my future despite all the Tinder tries I had!
I hope we all get to go back to The Lowde Fest for many years to come to reflect, revel and really appreciate the life after separation which has been built in a little Hampshire village which would have us.
- Tickets kindly gifted but we would have gone anyway! Thank you.