29th August – 1st September | Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire
It’s not your average festival where the odd peacock wanders past as you make your way from stage to stage, but then End Of The Road isn’t just any festival. Held in the luxuriant, picturesque grounds of Larmer Tree Gardens, over the years the festival has earned a reputation for being a distinctly unique, amiable affair and the perfect end to the summer festival season.
Now in it’s thirteenth year, End of the Road once again boasts a meticulously curated, multi-disciplinary line-up that brings together a wealth of forward-thinking and eminent artists and performers. This year will see L.A.-based Serpentwithfeet bring his otherworldly, gospel-tinged R&B, alongside seminal space-rockers Spiritualized, and the shimmering electro-pop of Metronomy. Elsewhere an ever-formidable, emotive sonic force, Mitski will play one of her last live dates indefinitely, having announced earlier in June that she’s taking a break from a pretty relentless several years of touring.
In all honesty, just a brief glance at this year’s inimitable line-up should be enough to convince anyone that this is where you need to be from 29th August to 1st September. But to detail a handful of my particular highlights: there’s Congolese outfit KOKOKO!, who’ve just released their searingly potent debut album, and the endlessly innovative Vancouver-based collective, Crack Cloud, members of which are also in Talking Heads’-like post-punk group, N0V3L. Not to mention hypnotic, dreamy techno courtesy of Kelly Lee Owens, and the ever-enigmatic, uncanny Gazelle Twin.
Having attended last year, an undeniable highlight was BBC’s Late Junction curation and they make a hugely welcome return to the festival once again, curating Friday’s Tipi Stage line-up bringing the likes of Turkish psych outfit Derya Yildirim & Grup Şimşek and harpist Mary Lattimore.
Alongside all the music, End of the Road also boasts a veritable array of comedy, literature, workshops and more, including a film tent (which was, rather pleasingly, Twin Peaks themed last year) where you can have a little respite between catching bands, whilst also watching a carefully-selected cinematic programme. What particularly stands out with End of the Road is a supreme attention to detail, particularly in terms of curation, and if you’re yet to witness the festival’s enchantment, then this year’s line-up should be more than enough to convince you.
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