Here in the southwest of England on the day of the summer solstice in June 2017, we’re experiencing the hottest June day of the year since 1976 and the warmest solstice since records began – a whopping 31.7 C. We’ve had a week of rising temperatures, and I don’t think it’s just me that finds that the hot weather inspires a bit of music listening in preference to TV watching. Somehow, warm, languid tunes penned and performed by singer-songwriters seem to be the perfect accompaniment to the shimmering English heat. For those who find it difficult to sleep in this heat, the crystalline sound of a new discovery – Will Stratton’s Some Ride, might help soothe the way to sweeter dreams …

Of course, the solstice brings the Glastonbury and I have to say that I’m really looking forward to this year’s line-up. It’s all a bit more indie and less R&B than recent festivals – no glorious Beyoncé or controversial Kanye. Radiohead and the Foo Fighters take the top listing, with a good smattering of popular singer-songwriters over the three days – Ed Sheeran, George Ezra, Laura Marling, Kate Tempest, Martha Wainwright to name just a few. Following its own tradition, Glastonbury is serving up some great old names – Kris Kristofferson and Barry Gibb, along with the laid back European summer sounds of Goldfrapp and The Cinematic Orchestra. Whilst I always think I’d like to be there, experience of a very wet Glastonbury makes me appreciate the sofa and the TV (or radio!). I know the atmosphere is not quite the same but the wine’s a little colder and the bed just that bit more comfy.

Debbie, Notes from Last Night