On the importance of Girl Power
I’m pretty sure the first live event I went to that wasn’t jazz related was the Spice Girls. Gig of a lifetime. I’ve seen them three times, maybe even four. One being a couple of years ago. It was an incredible time to be a young girl in the ’90s, surrounded by Girl Power and fierce women in music.
On her all-time favourite live events
One is Alexisonfire at Brixton Academy – it blew my mind as it was the first time I’d been to a slightly heavier show. My dad died when I was 19, and I used to listen to their album on repeat in the car when I was going to see him while he was really ill. So it was an intense romance with pretty heavy rock music. Then, when I finally got to go and see them live, it was like a catharsis of pent up sadness, but also a deeply euphoric experience. The other is Maribou State at Beat Hotel in Marrakech. It was a beautiful little festival, with a magical and intimate vibe on site. I was right at the front standing in front of the singer, singing along to every world and totally lost in the moment.
On the tamer pastures of parenthood
The working week is rammed with meeting brilliant partners, going to shows (most recently Michael Kiwanuka and Prima Facie) and meeting friends in town, so the weekend is wonderful down-time. Pre-kids, I was a lot more rock’n’roll but now my life is now full of soft play. The tamer pastures of parenthood included a move to the countryside with my family, so at the weekend you can find us breathing in fresh air on long walks, seeing friends, exploring local pubs and sometimes hopping on the train to London. As long as there’s food, great company and snuggles with my son, life is good.