I’m going to do a blog post devoted to just this day.  It was in memory of a beautiful young lady named Jess Fairclough who very sadly lost her battle to cancer in 2015, who’s story you can read here if you would and you can also donate!

Jesstival was brought about by Jess’s parents in her memory to raise money for the charities close to their and Jess’s hearts.  I’d like you to click on the link and read Jess’s story and you’ll see why.

I was honoured to be a part of this day actually it was a weekend and may happen next year too so follow their page to keep posted.  I couldn’t go for the weekend but some friends and family did and what a weekend it was! They had stalls, bands and entertainment for all.

I went on the Sunday with my crew (Hubband & Baby that is) to do some comedy.  Their MC was the very brilliant Gwen Ever who also has her own radio show….. and the other comedian was Jess’s friend Kelly Marie.  Jess’s parents Rod & Tracey were so grateful to all the acts and bands that went to support the charities they were raising money for CLIC Sargent and the Teenage Cancer Trust.  It was a truly moving experience and I’m just sorry I couldn’t go earlier, or stay longer, like leaving a party when it’s just getting started…..

Comedy wise it was a new experience on a large stage with a large audience in a field …..but every gig is new, I was concerned as the band before me had really got the crowd going and they’d all started dancing and singing – and then there was me to halt proceedings and try n make ’em laugh 😂. But Tracey assured me they were all expecting comedy at this point whilst they awaited the next headliner Beans on Toast (Jess’s favourite) so on I went and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I tried out new material I’d written that day as my slot was 15 minutes and I had previously only done 10 min slots…and it went down well.  It’s a tough gig when people have been listening to bands to get up and make them laugh but I managed it and Rod,Tracy & Gwen all seemed very happy with what I’d done.

After me came the headliner Jess’s favourite act Beans on Toast (a Glastonbury regular), prior to him Rod said a few words that were personal to him so I won’t share them but needless to say we were all in tears….. what a beautiful emotional afternoon.

My ace support crew was the ever brilliant Hubband, Baba G !, my lovely cousin Jo and her man Nick – thanks guys it’s always lovely to see friendly faces in the audience 😘.

I never knew Jess but when I left that day I felt like I had…what a beautiful tribute to her.  Her family & friends are a wonderful credit to her. Also in this pic is Ben who works in Andy’s office and was Jess’s good friend.

Positive Points

  • Every gig is something new, just like everyday. Embrace life and live it. I got to 40 and I’m doing something that makes me happy and that’s what life is about. You’re only here once you never know what will happen or how long you’ll be here so be as happy as you can let the small things go in the big scheme of things they don’t matter.
  • What’s important is to love and be loved, and in these blogs you’ll see I’m doing something I love surrounded by people I love ………..

I’d like to take this opportunity to remember my sister too we lost her in 2012 and Jesstival brought back so many memories of her…we love and miss you kid I wish you could see me doing comedy now you’d love it…… actually you’d be managing me!! (Aka bossing me about ! 😂)

Gem x