A sweaty 90 minutes on stage at Upton Blues Festival

AS usual we cut it fine getting everything sorted and out the hotel room by checkout time.

We go to the main services area next door and I do some last minute promo for my festival slot later today and deal with some other odds and ends of work.

I have a live radio session and interview at 2.15pm on the festival site and we plan to find the campsite and get the tent up before that.

The traffic coming into Upton is nuts and there’s a bit of a queue getting into the campsite. There must be a good few thousand tents, caravans and campervans on-site already.

We manage to get the tent up and arrive at the radio tent with just a few minutes to spare. The session goes swimmingly although it’s pretty hot and sweaty.

Next we check in backstage at the big top tent where our pal Trev is looking after things. He gives us our pack with wristbands, food vouchers and stuff so we grab a quick bite to eat then take a short walk to the acoustic stage in the town centre to catch our pals Swampcandy.

Then it’s back to the mainstage where we load in and chill until it’s time for the changeover.

The big top stage.is a huge open-sided tent and the tent and area surrounding it is jam-packed.

I have a 90-minute set and it’s blisteringly hot…but the cold beer and whisky helps me through…and I pace my set accordingly.

As soon as I clear the stage I join Margaret at the merch stall where there’s a good queue of folks waiting for CDs to be signed and say hello.

After loading out we have something to eat and go back to the campsite where we sit outside under the stars and enjoy a quiet drink.

Live radio session from the festival site