Glastonbury everyone? Not this one!
"Welcome to Aloud ticket agency. The lines are very busy, please call again later or try our website," she chirps on the rare occasion that I get anything but an engaged tone. But I have been trying the sodding website, since 9 o'clock yesterday, the moment the tickets went on sale. I have hit back and refresh so many times I have got a frozen shoulder and what must be RSI in my right arm.
"Error the requested URL could not be retrieved," it says. Or "the service is currently very busy, please try again a little later," or sometimes it tells me I have entered too many tickets (two) for the number they have left, please enter a smaller figure.
It feels like I could stand more chance of getting a golden ticket to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.
But then who needs Glastonbury anyway? Only Kate Moss can be rock n'roll in wellies. No, if you are anything like me you would prefer browsing round a live tattooing, exploring unseen parts of the London Bridge vaults and witnessing a live video installation unroll on a naked body. Maybe we’ve got spring fever and, frankly, need help or maybe we’re just due a visit to SPILL, a brand new festival of experimental theatre and performance taking place over 3 weeks (from TODAY) at the Barbican, the Soho Theatre, South Bank Centre, Shunt Vaults and Toynbee Studios.
Find out what it's all about here.
And throughout SPILL a festival bar will be running daily at the Shunt Lounge, set deep in the tunnels under London Bridge Station. See you there!