Lily Allen won't take her children to festivals

Singer says she'd rather enjoy herself

Lily Allen won't take her children to festivals

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

Chris Swindells - 22 October 2012

27-year-old Lily Allen, now pregnant with her second child, is currently writing material for her third, as yet untitled, studio album. Expected to be released next year it will be her first since 2009 and a period where the singer went on a hiatus from recording and performing music.

In an interview with The Sun the singer joked she won't take her children to music festivals because she wants to "enjoy" herself. She said: "I was taken to the Glastonbury Festival every year but I won’t be taking Ethel there — although that’s more for selfish reasons, because I want to go and enjoy myself!"

Now aged 11 months, Allen's daughter Ethel is still rather young for Glastonbury 2013 but Lily was introduced to festivals at a very young age herself. Her father Keith Allen took her as a child and it was here she was introduced to family friend Joe Strummer: "He was just great. I remember once when I was 14 or 15 I said I wanted to go up and meet some friends of mine in the travellers field and he said, “I’ll walk up there with you”, and we stayed up there for two days, just me and him. He was the person that would bring the sound system with all the good music and he’d put all the flags up, and get the hay bales in. He had a thing about him where he could be really out of his mind but still really cool… I don’t actually like going to Glastonbury now that he’s gone, because he’s actually the one thing that held all of that stuff together and made it nice. Rather than just a bunch of drug addicts."

Allen also told British newspaper The Sun: "When you have kids you do look at your parents and think, 'Would I bring up my child the same way?', and the answer is, not necessarily."

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