T in the Park 2010: Edith Bowman interview

Q&A: Edith Bowman

First record you ever bought
‘When Doves Cry’ by Prince. I love it!

First film you saw that really moved you
The Deer Hunter.

Last time you were star struck
I might vomit if I meet Jay-Z. Properly a little bit in love with Jay-Z.

First concert you ever went to
Rod Stewart with my mum when I was 7. ‘Baby Jane’ always has a special place in my heart.

Last song you sang at karaoke
Rage Against the Machine’s ‘Killing in the Name Of’. It was brilliant, so liberating.

Last book you read
James Frey – I’ve just reread A Million Little Pieces, which is wicked.

Last time you exploited your position to get something
I do it all the time, it’s a perk of the job. I had to get so many people into the Snow Patrol gig in Bellahouston Park. I had to switch my phone off at one point. I was like, ‘I can’t ask for any more!’ I also got offered new wellies for T in the Park but turned them down because I don’t want to tempt fate. I’m gonna need them for Glastonbury, that’s obvious, but not T, thanks very much. Its gonna be a beautiful weekend.

First thing you do when you’ve got time off work
We’re starting to take Rudes, [her two-year-old son Rudy] with us to gigs. Tom [Bowman’s partner Tom Smith, lead singer of Editors] was supporting Muse this month in Paris, so we met him out there, and Rudes stuck his headphones on and watched The Big Pink and his dad, it was wicked.

First movie you went on a date to
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The guy’s now gay, which is quite funny. Either I or the film must have turned him gay.

First time you realised you were famous
I never really think of myself like that to be honest. If you do, you’re doing it for the wrong reasons.

First great piece of advice you were given
From a friend of mum’s – it’s about being yourself. That’s where people connect with you. And also not to take no for an answer. I’ve still got a file full of ‘no’ letters, which I’ll always keep just to read every now and again.

First thing you’d do if you ran the country
We’d have a ‘hug day’. On my cycle to work, I guarantee there’s 20 people I want to hug.

Last time you cried
At Paul McCartney’s concert. He did this big speech about John Lennon. He says, ‘You know how in life you wish you’d said things to people, but then you never get the chance to? Well, this song’s about a conversation I had in my head with my good friend John.’ That was me, I was off.

First thing you think of when you wake up
Rudy. If I wake up before him, which is not very often.

Last thing you think of before you go to sleep
Rudy. That’s the only thing that’s changed significantly since we had a baby. He’s the first and last thing you think about, as opposed to yourself or your partner.

T in the Park

From relatively humble beginnings, T in the Park has become the acknowledged behemoth of the Scottish festival scene and one of the UK's largest events. In 2015 the festival moved from its longstanding Balado location to the new grounds of Strathallan Castle in Perthshire. Bands appearing in 2016 include The Stone…


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