Why is Camp Loner the place to be?
"It’s important to have something like this at a festival because I’ve come on my own, where I’ve always previously come in a group, and sometimes it can be very difficult on your own. Everyone else around you might have a social circle already and you’d be sitting on the periphery of things. Whereas here it’s more a case of everyone being in the same boat – there’s no judgement. Not that there ever is at a festival, anyway."
When did you get here?
"I got here Wednesday, but I don't even know what day it is anymore! It all blurs in to one, I’m assuming it’s Friday!"
What have you done since Wednesday?
"Really good question, I need one of those black boxes that planes have to remember. Mostly I've just been socialising, I’ve met up with other people from the Camp Loner Facebook group. It was great to be able to put the feelers out and meet people online ahead of it. Around the corner everyone sits in a big circle, almost like a parliament really – sitting in chairs, talking and whatnot."
Have you met anyone naturally, away from the Facebook page?
"Yeah! Quite a few; it’s quite a small world when you’re here and start interacting with people. I’m from Maidstone and the first person I spoke to went to a school near where I’m from. You see these people throughout the week and you’re like, 'Alright, geezer!’ and you develop a bit of a rapport from that. Everyone looks after each other too."
Can you tell us a bit about your outfit?
"Yeah, so today Matthew, I’m going to be Hulk Hogan! I’m a big wrestling fan and I thought, 'It’s a bit of a laugh, it’s an exuberant costume and a bit lairy' – which is what I like. I can see where I’ve been in the campsite because I look down and I can see bits of red littered around that have fallen off my feather boa. I’m malting like a peacock. It also makes people laugh and smile and interact with you. I like to wear costumes at festivals because it creates a talking point, and you’ve already got a conversation starter with someone. I can’t even walk 20 metres down the path without someone saying something to me! By the end of it you get given beer; some bloke gave me a shot of rum that was 75 per cent, I thought it was drain cleaner! And it’s great because I probably wouldn’t have had these interactions if i wasn’t dressed like this."
Are you excited for the next few days?
"Oh absolutely, I just hope I remember it. The reason why I came on my own is because I’m married – my wife looked at the line-up and said it wasn’t her cup of tea but encouraged me to go. I love the line-up, great headliners. I’m a massive Iron Maiden fan; Megadeth, KISS, it’s their farewell tour and it’s probably about their 10th farewell. Volbeat, Korn, The Darkness, Steel Panther. I just hope I don’t forget about any of them as I’m one of these people that will probably just fall asleep and wake up at 11pm on Sunday."