Ten Year Anniversary


I recently attended the Y not festival on their ten year anniversary. It began as a gathering of sixth form pupils from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Ashbourne. The gathering had a few local bands and a couple of DJ’s played over two nights and it was called the Big Gin. The first Y not festival was attended by around five hundred people, now, ten years later and you have headliners Snoop Dogg, Basement Jaxx and Primal Scream over three nights with around fifteen thousand people attending.

It was a fabulous event, we bought tickets at the last minute and really looked forward to going. As the time approached for us to leave over the week prior I experienced some toothache, nothing I hadn’t dealt with before. In the past I have had this flare up for a few days and then go away, no big deal, nothing a few painkillers couldn’t handle. This time it was a bit different. The first night we got there the pain was so intense I drowned it with painkillers supplemented with copious amounts of alcohol, probably not the wisest thing to do but hey, it was a festival. We saw Snoop Dogg, who was just brilliant, everything we expected and so much more and then headed off to the tent. I spent the night listening to everyone have fun as I tried desperately to get some sleep, the toothache had kept me up most nights the week before anyway so I was looking forward to catching up at the festival. I know, how stupid was that? I don’t think anyone on the camp slept at all that first night. When people did finally get to bed it was well into the dawn but by this time my face had swollen up due to what I found out later was an abscess. I spent the most part of the next day in hospital then the emergency dentist receiving treatment which turned out to be strong antibiotics and an order to drink no alcohol, what a buzzkill right!

My fiancee stayed with me through the whole ordeal and without her help and support I would have been a blithering wreak as my fear of dentists knows no bounds. We got back to the festival and returned to our tent where I spent a good few hours resting and listening to the bands. We had pitched in the field adjacent to the main arena and from there we had a decent view of the main stage so we actuall saw the headliners for that night without having to move. As I was listening to the bands before Basement Jaxx took to the stage I had time to reflect on my condition.

I couldn’t help but be jealous of Kurt Stryder my main protagonist in the Col Sec series who has this amazing ability to regenerate from most injuries. How that would have come in handy over this last weekend. It also made me wonder how long it will be before medical science comes up with the technology to help us handle things like that. Will they devise something that will help boost our immune systems to the point where minor injuries heal themselves without the need to seek medical aid. Just think of the time saved in waiting to see a doctor if that happened. There would be no need except for major trauma or other life threatening situations. The cost and burden on the medical industry would be greatly reduced and because time was not spent on things like minor breaks or sprains, knocks and bruises many more lives would be spared.

We’re some way off from that happening unfortunately, if ever but like I said earlier, I sure could’ve used Kurt’s ability this last weekend.