‘Are you in your right mind?’ reacted Hanna, my typical festival-goer best friend, in response to my invitation to join us for the Rainforest World Music Festival 2018. ‘That is not an event for kids, there’s hippies, and narcotics, and…it’s not safe’.

In the early 1980s, like many kids, I watched Top of the Pops every Thursday evening at 7.30pm even though there was no discernible style that captured my imagination. I didn’t mind pop songs but no band really grabbed me.

This world, the old Sufi mystics used to teach, is a mirage. There is a higher Reality that exists by its own essence.

‘A world without the Beatles is a world that’s infinitely worse.’ One of the more memorable lines from 2019 feel-good movie Yesterday.

Blinded By the Light is set in Luton against the backdrop of industrial decline, the National Front and the themes of racist rhetoric that Asians in Britain were all too familiar with by that time.