For Catherine Inglis-Howell (23), the three nights and four days she spent at Falls Festival, Byron Bay, were nothing short of transcendent.
Ending 2018 and beginning 2019 with a mecca of music and munted 27-year-old bodybuilders in muscle tees provided Catherine with boundless enjoyment, and what felt like great, timeless stories of debauchery.
But unfortunately, returning to her day job in accounting today, she has rapidly learnt that the downtrodden accountants she calls colleagues have marginally less interest in seeing DMA’s play their 2014 hit ‘Delete’ than once expected.
Particularly for those who have been working since the 2nd, hearing a bright young twenty-something unpack their thrilling, sunny experience, is nothing short of agony. Whilst the bitterness was palpable, Catherine certainly didn’t help herself.
‘No, but seriously. Catfish And The Bottlemen were incredible. Like, seriously, almost spiritual. No, of course I haven’t checked my emails yet, I’m starting each day by sipping on my flat white and reflecting on whether Anderson Paak is brilliant, or incredible.’
‘Who am I kidding - he’s both!’
Settling back into the world of spreadsheets and 3pm coffees being the highlight of the day, Catherine has found herself humming a bizarre mashup of ‘Lay Down’ by maestro Touch Sensitive, and Vance Joy’s ‘Lay It On Me,’ in a fresh little invention she calls ‘Lay It On Me Down,’ as opposed to the far more obvious ‘Lay It Down On Me.’
As the frequency of the Falls stories decrease, the admirable commitment in perfecting a ‘January 2019’ playlist dominated by the songs heard across that weekend increases.
Play on, and play hard, Catherine. We need hope now more than ever.