Blog 8 – Best Festival In The UK?

I went to Secret Garden Party last weekend. Got lucky and grabbed a photo pass. The festival theme was superstition. So I’ve picked 13 photos and put them on the XFM site.

It’s still one of my favourite festivals. Maybe even my favourite? A weekend in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. Good music, good food. Lots of different things going on from Pig Racing to impromptu secret DJ sets. Disclosure and Chase & Status both popped up unannounced. The giant paint fight on the Sunday is always incredible. They also build a ship every year and sail it around their lake which the site is built around. They have parties on the boat for the first few days then burn it on the Saturday night! Did i mention naked trampoline?

Warchild Week on XFM

From the 15th of July, XFM is running Warchild week. You’ll be able to get involved and help change the lives of so many kids around the world. Dan has written Blog 7, dedicated to Warchild, with a story he was told recently. This highlights just one of the many terrible situations these children find themselves in on a daily basis. Please give what you can.

Blog 7 – Warchild Week

From the 15th of July, XFM is running Warchild week. If you’re a regular listener you know we’ve done a lot of work together, you and us, raising money for their incredible work around the world. I spent some time the other day, learning about some of the projects the money has been spent on, specifically in Africa and The Middle East.  It was at points a really tough listen, but the solution, which we’re now all a part of, is truly humbling. I thought I’d include one of the stories I heard, in the hope that you get an idea of why we’re dedicating a week to Warchild, and why their work is so important, now more than ever.


As a side, you raised nearly £25,000 during the Mumford and Sons competition alone. All of which is going straight to the projects you’ll hear about in the next week on XFM.


This is Anne Theresa story…


In Goma, eastern Congo, rebel and government forces are routinely using rape as a weapon of war.


Imagine the fear a parent would feel by sending out their daughter to collect water, knowing she faces the possibility of rape.


Anne Theresa is 15 years old. One day, on her way to collect water she was met by a group of soldiers. She said:


“One of the soldiers told me to go with him, I was afraid he was going to kill me.  He asked me if I was wearing underwear, I answered yes.  He told me to take them off, which I did.  He raped me and then he gave me back my jerry can and ordered me to collect water for him.  I didn’t, I ran home.  I told my uncle what happened and he told me that we had to go to hospital.”


Anne Therese suffered so badly that she would wet herself uncontrollably.  She stopped going to school because the other children would laugh and make fun of her. She had terrible nightmares.  Whenever she saw a man, especially a soldier, she would remember what happened to her as clearly as if she was reliving her ordeal over and over again.


Hopefully, you’ll be able to give what you can during Warchild week. Don’t worry if you can’t. Just listening, and passing on these stories to people who can help is enough.


More info here: and