Mrs S.H.I.T’s Top 7 Tips for the Festival Season


We’re off on our annual pilgrimage to the musical shrine that is Glastonbury this weekend. However, not as brave as some, we’re leaving the Little S.H.I.T.s at home with the grandparents.

It’s a sacred zone for us, not to be tarnished with children demanding wee wees and iPaddy in the middle of a muddy field, just as your favourite band of all time are about to come on stage.

So we are about to embark on my favourite weekend of the year when I can truly pretend I’m 24 again and nobody knows that I’m a mother of three with piles of washing, piles of admin that never gets done, piles of plastic tat all over my house, and well just piles, quite frankly.

And in my excited pre-festival state, I thought I’d put together my top 7 tips for the glorious middle-aged festival goer:

The Music

The music is everywhere. From Katy Perry to Barry Gibb to Blossoms. Whatever tickles your fancy, you can find it.

Just don’t try to see it all. You’ll spend your time checking the programme like a nervy bird spotter, desperate not to miss the rarest Bush Warbler (not really sure what that is to be honest, but it sounds good). There’s no chance you can see it all. So relax. A contestant on Supermarket Sweep you are not, running around with Dale, trying to shove as much in your trolley as possible.

Take in the random tent you happen to stumble across. You never know, you might find it’s Steve Davis inside (yup, the ginge snooker player one) spinning the decks – this is a true story.

Get as many selfies as poss

I fear this looks like James Bay is having a night out with his mum

Have no shame when it comes to a sleb selfie. The uncoolness of it seems to be forgiven in ‘festival land’. I’ve managed to blissfully stalk many a famous face from Z-lister reality stars to the slightly more A-lister, through the mud of Glasto. For some reason accosting them doesn’t seem so desperate in this peace loving world. Or maybe it is, but I’m just oblivious after inhaling 25 vodka jellies.

Make up

Forget it. Bring face wipes and moisturiser if you can be arsed, then slap on a swipe of lippy to take the attention away from those tired eyes (which will be very, very tired) as suggested by top makeup artist Florrie white in our recent interview. And you’re good to go.

Toilet facilities

OK, now this is a biggy because there are no two ways about it – the loos are heinously, hideously disgusting. Beyond revolting. Think of a swamp of swimming poo.

Amazing that in normal circumstances you will hover in disgust above a loo seat in a semi-cleanish service station, but after half a day of your average festival sanitary conditions, those service station loos seem clean enough to eat your dinner off.

But it’s a fact, so you’re just going to have to man or woman up to it, as there’s no way round it apart from wearing a giant nappy.


Wear what you like because nobody really cares, unless you’re Kate Moss of course and you can carry off festival cool with aplomb.

But the most vital item is the wellington boot. You may have seen pics of the likes of Alexa & co. in their Hunters and thought it was just part of their festival boho chic, but no, they’re an absolute necessity. The tiniest drop of rain and the place is a scene from a tough mudder obstacle course. You’ll be slipping and sliding all over the place and there’s no point even trying to look cool.

Just one of the many colourful characters we met along the way


The people are the thing, besides the music of course, that I love the most. From the youngies to the oldies with the middlies in between, everybody is nice to each other. It sounds a cliche but there really is so much love and peace around. Strangers talk to one another. I know, utterly ridiculous in this anonymous world we live in, but it’s so refreshing. The common love is the music and it brings people of all shapes and sizes together.

You’re 24 again

And lastly, remember it’s the one time of the year when you can genuinely be 24 again (even if you look 104 after the first night). Nobody knows you’re a mother, father, teacher, accountant, butcher, baker or candlestick maker, and nobody gives a monkeys.

You have no responsibilities, nobody calling your name every five seconds, nobody to get to school in ten seconds flat, nobody screaming at you to retrieve their fidget spinner out of a bush of stinging nettles.

It’s just you and Radiohead and a pint of gin and tonic.

Enjoy every minute.


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  1. Rachel Mitchell
    June 23, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    Love it. Enjoy Glasto Mrs S.H.I.T. Never more deserved than this year 🙂

  2. June 23, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    There are no words apart from I am insanely jealous. I have always wanted to go to Glasto and with no kids I am even more jealous. Have a glorious time, be careful of those portaloos (*shudders*) and enjoy being 24! Whoop. I will be joining you in spirit x #FridayFrolics

  3. June 26, 2017 / 9:48 am

    I too am well jel! Hope you had a fantastic time being 24 again. x Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

  4. June 27, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    Oh wowzers! I hope you had the most amazing time – I’ve watched it all and it looked amazing. Alt-J, London Grammar, Foo fighters, Royal blood, they were all awesome! Fab tips and I hope the toilets weren’t too hideous!! Thanks for joining #bigpinklink x

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      July 7, 2017 / 4:48 pm

      Loos were so hideous but you become quite immune to it! It was amazing, so many good bands and I felt 24 again for 3 whole days. Highly recommend it. x

  5. Accidental Hipster Mum
    June 27, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    Hope it’s fun. I’m jealous, I watched Radiohead on TV and it looked ace!


  6. June 27, 2017 / 2:24 pm

    Its been years since I’ve been to a festival, but I have to say this post gave me the itch! #fridayfrolics

  7. June 28, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    So jealous! I miss my reading festival days #DreamTeam

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      July 7, 2017 / 4:47 pm

      It’s not too late to get back there! x

  8. June 30, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    I heard such good things about it this year, I went to Download in ’06 when it was a heatwave and by the Sunday the loo’s were vomit inducing…. literally the worst smell ever… and Hubby works with dead people so I know iffy smells!! You definitely rocked the festival look lovely!! =]
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week! (oh and I’m also popping back from #globalblogging)

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      July 3, 2017 / 10:02 am

      Can’t imagine the smell by Sunday – well I can actually – they were pretty puke inducing at Glasto by then. Or even by Saturday! Thx for hosting and reading and I’ll be back next week. xx

  9. July 1, 2017 / 6:23 am

    I’m off to V Festival with my best friend in August. We went last year and literally had the best time. But can I let you in on a secret? I don’t camp. It’s strictly hotel only for me. I know, I’m not doing it properly but I’m too posh to pitch. #stayclassymama

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      July 3, 2017 / 9:59 am

      V Festival will be awesome. Loos might be a bit better too, maybe….I have to admit I only did one night in a tent and the rest I stayed in a cottage!! Liking your style. Look forward to hearing all about it. x

  10. July 1, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    Tear it up mama!

    Thanks for linking up to #globalblogging

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      July 3, 2017 / 9:45 am

      I did! And it was awesome – loved very minute. Thx for reading xx

  11. July 2, 2017 / 9:32 am

    Oh this sounds amazing! Except for the toilets of course. Swimming poo…. I don’t think I will ever be able to get that praise out of my head now. Hope you have the best time ever. #DreamTeam x

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      July 3, 2017 / 9:43 am

      The swimming poo is not a good look as you can imagine but you sort of get used to it, in a weird way! It as worth it though! Thx for reading #DreamTeam xx

  12. July 2, 2017 / 7:31 pm

    You see it’s that, the toilets, that mean I have never ever made it to a festival. I just can’t imagine dealing with them. Though a I would probably love the rest. One day I will be brave enough…. #PostsFromTheHeart

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      July 3, 2017 / 9:41 am

      There’s no two ways about it, the toilets are very very grim indeed. You kind of become immune to them as the music and atmosphere really is worth it. Always good to get back to a decent loo though! Thx for reading xx #PostsFromTheHeart

  13. July 3, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    I have never been and now I fear I’m a bit too old to try it. For me the bed toilet situation really puts me off so ( I know i know i sound ancient) I hope you had a blast. Thank you for sharing with #StayClassyMama

  14. July 5, 2017 / 8:11 am

    I love festivals my favourite so far has been Secret Garden Party. I tried to get tickets to Glastonbury, ten of my friends and I were all sitting there reloading trying to get them but it didn’t happen. So jealous! The loos are definitely the worst but if you’re close enough to not smell it but to be able to go wee at any time it’s not too bad. I’m sure you had an amazing time I’ve heard Radiohead was amazing, hope you got a few good selfies too, tell us everythang! Thanks for sharing with #StayClassyMama!

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      July 7, 2017 / 4:23 pm

      Radiohead were awesome, as were the Foo Fighters and Liam Gallagher – got really near the front for dear Liam, and met Noel the night before so that was pretty tops for me. I’d love to go to the Secret Garden Party too. That’s on my wish list. Might see you there in 2019? x

  15. July 5, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    Big regret of my youff…..not going Glastonbury! must admit am a little jealous but its on my to do list so defo going one year. I have this wild dream that it would be cool for us all to go as a family to which my other half, who’s been, reminds me of how hideous it would be. ha….you never know! Thanks for linking up #FabFridayPost

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      July 7, 2017 / 4:18 pm

      No matter how much fun it might sound with kids, I personally just think it looks like a headache so I’m with your husband on this one! Mind you, saying that, my friends take their kids and they seem to have a laugh but are a little more restricted to what they can do. It’s not too late to go! Thx for reading x

  16. Mom Of Two Little Girls
    July 5, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    Oh wow … you make it sounds like so much fun that I’d almost be tempted. Almost! In reality, there is just about NOTHING that can make me camp out in the rain and mud voluntarily, nothing!

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      July 7, 2017 / 4:16 pm

      Go on! You know you want to! It really was so much fun. The people you meet are fascinating and everyone is just so open and friendly. It’s how the world should be! The camping might not be for you though. Get yourself a nice hotel room nearby though! Thx for reading xx

      • Mom Of Two Little Girls
        July 7, 2017 / 6:45 pm

        Hotel sounds like a much better plan! Lol

  17. July 7, 2017 / 10:46 am

    This is fabulous! Ive never been and have always wondered about so many of the things you have talked about. Thank you! x

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      July 7, 2017 / 4:12 pm

      You must go (if you like live music that is!), it’s such an experience and the love around really is fabulous. Thx for reading x

  18. July 8, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    Love it! It’s so fun to be 24 for a day or two. Have a wonderful time!! Thank you for sharing with us at #BloggerClubUK xx

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      July 25, 2017 / 8:01 am

      I really did feel 24 again for 3 whole days! It was fabulous and highly recommendable! Thx for reading x

  19. October 12, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    Reading this took me RIGHT BACK TO GLASTONBURY and it’s chemical toilety smell. Is it weird that I kinda love that smell, so nostalgic of good times!

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      October 17, 2017 / 10:34 am

      I never thought I’d say this, but I kind of love the Glasto loos in a repulsive, stinky, chemically smelling way! It’s weird isn’t it?! Thx for reading. x

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