It is now looking increasingly likely that soul star Amy Winehouse will defy doctors’ orders and head to Glastonbury Festival, where she is scheduled to appear on the iconic Pyramid Stage late Saturday evening.
That she is even considering going west seems remarkable given the recent tabloid reports concerning her ongoing medical problems.
After collapsing in her Camden home and being taken to hospital, a series of tests eventually found that the 24-year-old has scarring on her lungs, which can potentially lead to the deadly condition emphysema.
Despite this, however, the star is reportedly adamant that she will attend, while the organisers of both the Pilton Farm event as well as the forthcoming concert to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday are clearly doing whatever it takes to ensure she takes to the stage.
A source close to the singer explained to the China Daily: "Amy was one of the first acts Glastonbury started talking to about performing this year, so they’ll do all they can to help ensure she is fit to sing.
"Amy travelled by private plane to her recent show in Lisbon and she’s been offered a helicopter to minimise the stress of travelling to Glastonbury."
As well as specially chartered air transport, the Back to Black star is likely to have a number of nurses and medics travelling with her and it has even been rumoured that an ambulance will be on stand by as an extra precaution.
Reckless festival-goers more interested in the music than insurance
While it would be all too easy to dismiss Miss Winehouse’s determination to perform as sheer recklessness, should she indeed turn up at Glastonbury, she would be in good company, with thousands of revellers also likely to place themselves at risk as they leave their valuables in a flimsy tent without having first taken any insurance.
According to recent research carried out by Zurich Insurance, around one in ten festival-goers have been the victim of theft while enjoying themselves in a muddy field.
While this may not have been such a big deal back when Glastonbury was founded, with hippies turning up with little more than a pair of wellies and some dodgy substances, these days the typical punter is more likely to have an iPod, mobile phone and a digital camera with them, as well as fancy clothes and accessories.
What’s more, with a simple burger costing more than a fiver and queues for ATMs often stretching back for an hour or more, many people think nothing of carrying a large amount of cash with them from field to field.
In spite of all these factors, the same study found that 75 per cent of people don’t think about taking out insurance prior to heading off to a summer festival, with many simply assuming that their home insurance policy will cover any losses, when in reality they ought to be checking they have personal possessions insurance in place.
Don’t get carried away, get insured instead
Mike Quinton, managing director for Direct and Partnerships at Zurich explained, "One in four British adults said they were planning on attending a festival this summer and it would be all too easy to get swept up in the summer spirit and forget to take even the simplest of precautions with their belongings."
"Our research shows that many music lovers are taking unnecessary risks by storing expensive goods in tents, carrying pricey items on them and failing to consider protecting themselves from theft. We urge all festival goers this summer to plan ahead, only take what they need to as well as checking their cover before they go."
Unlike Amy Winehouse and her fellow performers, thousands of revellers at this year’s Glastonbury or similar events will be attending their first festival and could therefore fall into a false sense of security, believing that they will be crime-free zones, overflowing with peace and love.
As much as it may tread upon their newfound sense of freedom, the emphasis can often be on parents to ensure their teenagers are fully prepared for their summer adventure, and that includes making sure they have the proper insurance as well as enough warn clothes.