So, I have a confession to make.

When Flea was younger, I never bought any of those Baby-Einstein-plinky-plonk-make-your-toddler-clever-by-magic CDs. Nor did I buy any sing-along-the-wheels-on-the-bus-until-you-want-to-tear-off-your-own-ears-because-you-can’t-listen-to-it-a-second-longer CDs.

When one of my friends asked me why, I said it was because I didn’t want to listen to them. Just like I never wanted to watch kids’ TV. So we didn’t watch it.

Some people might call this selfish parenting.

I call it maximising a tiny window of your life where you are actually in control. Why not make the most of being able to set rules while they’re too young to ignore you?

Instead, we listened to music I like. Which means Flea now loves to listen to loud guitar music, and Van Morrison, and the soundtracks from Glee. She says she doesn’t like One Direction, but she knows all the words, is all I’m saying.

I’m making the most of this opportunity – I fully realise that in about two years time everything I like musically will be TOTALLY LAME and instead Flea will be obsessed with some band that look like schoolchildren, who play music that I think doesn’t even have a tune. I’m going to make a GREAT old person, I can tell already.

Introducing your kids to live music is a huge moment, and I’m really looking forward to seeing some concerts with Flea this year – we had a great time at Glee Live a couple of years ago, and Flea loved X-Factor Live, but I do sort of feel like we cheated – it’s not proper music, is it?

Anyway – this summer Magic Summer Live is a fab two-day music festival in Guilford on July 13 and 14th, full of people who can sing and play instruments and make good records. The line-up includes James Morrison, Joss Stone, Ocean Colour Scene, Beverley Knight and Squeeze. There’s loads of activities and entertainment for children from bouncy castles to arts and crafts; kids under 4 get in free, and there’s even a dedicated queue for families, so you don’t get caught up in the crowds.

You can see the full line-up and buy tickets on the Magic Summer website.


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