NOW for a Halloween story about something really scary: festival toilets.
Negotiating the average loo at the average music shindig is widely regarded as one of the modern age’s most horrifying experiences.
The things witnessed in there have been known to give grown men nightmares.
But here’s news that should be a, er, relief to music fans planning to go to Tramlines next year. The extravaganza - which this summer attracted 40,000 visitors to Devonshire Green - has been nominated for the prestigious best lavatory gong at the UK Festival Awards.
It’s also up for Best Medium Sized Festival and Best Metropolitan Festival. But those are less newsworthy. Obviously.
“We’re delighted,” says director Sarah Nulty. “Toilets can make or break a festival. Anyone who’s ever looked up to see there’s no toilet roll knows that. There’s only so many times you can improvise with a sock before you begin to wonder if that festival’s worth it.”
Her top pot policies include ensuring there are enough units to cope with numbers, as well as regularly cleaning and re-stocking with soap and roll.
“Obviously being nominated for best medium sized festival is an honour too,” notes Sarah. You can vote at www.festivalawards.com