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Play End of the Road 2018 Applications Now Open!

(1 month ago)


This year one of the selected artists will open one of the Major Stages (Woods, Garden, Big Top) and one will film a session with The Line of Best Fit. Other winners will receive a standard festival slot. If you are chosen as the act to open one of the Major Stages you will still be eligible for The Line of Best Fit feature, (and vice versa) – the two opportunities aren’t mutually exclusive but they won’t necessarily go to the same act.

Application Rules / Terms & Conditions:


  • Only applications submitted through the online form will be accepted. We will not accept applications by email or social media.
  • Applications are open from 6 December – Midnight 19 February
  • Only applications received by the closing date will be considered.
  • You can see from our past line-ups what sort of music we are interested in.
  • You must be available on the following dates: Thursday 30th August – Sunday 2nd September 2018 inclusive


  • The winners will be notified by mid March, and announced on our website/Facebook shortly thereafter. Please do not email us to ask for updates.

If you are successful:

  • We will pay a fee of £150 for each of these slots, to help with travel costs etc.
  • It is your responsibility to make your way to and from the festival, and you agree to be on time for your load in / stage time.
  • You agree to provide the information required in our ‘Artist Brief’ in good time.



Christmas Shindig on 6 December at Kamio, tickets on sale now!

(3 months ago)

Headlining the night will be one of the highlights from this year’s exceptional festival, purveyors of languid and beautiful guitar pop Ultimate Painting. Joining them will be eight piece noise ensemble Nervous Conditions, one of the most exciting new UK bands. With a front man that sounds like a straight-edge Mark E. Smith over skronking sax, no-nonsense synths, violin and dual drums, resulting in something that sounds like Sun Ra on a post-punk binge. Very special guest DJs to be announced.

Tickets are £12 each and available through Music Glue and DICE.

Early bird tickets sold out!

(4 months ago)

Early Bird tickets for End of The Road 2018 sold out in a record 35 minutes this year.

Tier 2 tickets are now on sale, along with our deposit scheme, here.

Stage Times revealed for 2017!

(5 months ago)

Finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, The Line of Best Fit have not only got their mitts on our stage times but have arranged them into a handy clash finder too. Check it out!

Please note, Slowcoaches will be wrapping up at 18:45 and not jamming with The Surfing Magazines for 30 minutes, despite what it looks like!


(5 months ago)

For the first time this year BBC Radio 3’s adventurous music programme Late Junction will be curating the Friday evening on our Tipi stage. With a rich history in broadcasting left field music, from Russian sound art to Chicago footwork via field recordings and free jazz, Late Junction has selected 4 suitably boundary- pushing artists to top their bill.

Renowned multi instrumentalist and new age mystic Laraaji, was discovered by Brian Eno while he was busking in Washington Square Park with his custom made electronic zither went on to release the seminal album Ambient 3: Day Of Radiance produced by Eno. With a new album due this year, we can’t wait for him to bring his unique blend of transcendental jazz and new age ambience to Larmer Tree Gardens.

KLEIN is a singer and producer based in South London (by way of Lagos) known for her unique blend of gospel, experimental electronic production and raw vocals. Her self-released album Only was on many tastemaker lists last year and she recently won a Oram award for innovative women in music.

Tuareg vocalist and guitarist Mdou Moctar. Revered as an innovator in his home country of Niger, Moctar is known for his psychedelic, electronic adaptations of traditional Tuareg music and his unconventional style has won him accolades both in Niger and abroad. His 2008 debut album Anar was a breakaway success on the MP3 sharing networks of West Africa and he has since released two highly regarded albums internationally.

Greek and Australian duo Xylouris White is comprised of singer George Xylouris whose lute playing seems otherworldly, as well as one of the best-loved artists on Crete, and the Dirty Three drummer who needs no introduction, the Jim White. The likes of Bill Callahan, Nick Cave, White Magic, PJ Harvey and Cat Power all know that there’s more to White’s drumming than mere accompaniment. Their second album Black Peak was released last October to wide critical acclaim and features vocals from Bonnie “Prince” Billy no less.

Late Junction will also be at large across the festival site on Friday. Laraaji will also be hosting a Laughter Meditation Workshop on the lawn in front of The New Pavilion at 2pm and presenter Nick Luscombe will DJ on The Disco Ship from 12.30–1.30am. 

Recordings of all performances will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction on the 12th to the 14th September from 11pm. Late Junction is on air at 11pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on BBC Radio 3.


(6 months ago)

We are teaming up with theprintspace to host a photography competition. Send us your best pictures from End of the Road over the years and we will select our favourites to be exhibited around the site at this year’s festival.


Enter up to five images for free via thehub. We will compile our 100 favourite entries on a Facebook album for all to see, as well as exhibited at the festival. In addition, everyone who enters will receive a voucher to order a free of charge 10″ x 12″ fine-art print, printed on museum-grade, archival papers from theprintspace. So everyone’s a winner!

Simply upload your image(s) via thehub:

End Of The Road Festival x theprintspace: 2017 Photography Competition

Step By Step Submission Guidelines

1.​ Sign up for your free hub account:

2.​ Upload your image file(s). a. Each image must be in a .png, .tiff or .jpg format. b. Recommended file size no greater than 50mb

3.​ At the top of the page click “Images”

4.​ Select your image(s) for submission. (You can submit up to 5 images in 1 submission, but only one submission)

5.​ Click “Share image”on the footer menu.

6.​ Enter the email address and press enter.

7. ​In “Project name” enter your name and surname.

8.​ Check the “download” & “print” checkboxes in the “Additional Permissions” section. (This is for the judging process and printing of the final exhibition.)

9.​ Click “Share Now”. We will make selections of our favourite entries and will share these on social media with full credits, if you do not wish your entry to be publicised then please tell us in the message box when you enter.


(6 months ago)

Erased Tapes continue their tenth anniversary celebrations, with a takeover of the beloved Piano Stage on Sunday at this year’s End Of The Road. We are thrilled to welcome avant pop veterans Penguin Cafe, genre defying piano prodigy Douglas Dare and brand new signing, the Icelandic singer and composer Högni.

On February 5th 2017 Erased Tapes opened the doors to their new East London home, marking the 10th anniversary by introducing their fans and the public to the new Erased Tapes Sound Gallery. Initially founded by German-born Robert Raths in 2007, the London-based label has grown and extended across the world with satellite offices in Los Angeles and Berlin. Spanning over ten years, Erased Tapes has nurtured avant-garde artists from all around the world, while retaining their experimental and truly independent spirit.

We are also delighted to announce that New Jersey born multi instrumentalist Laraaji will be the final artist joining BBC Radio 3 Late Junction’s takeover of Friday evening on the the Tipi Stage. Discovered by Brian Eno while he was busking in Washington Square Park with his custom made electronic zither, Laraaji went on to release the seminal album Ambient 3: Day Of Radiance produced by Eno. With a new album due this year, we can’t wait for him to bring his unique blend of transcendental jazz and new age ambience to Larmer Tree Gardens.

Last but most certainly not least, we round off this year’s line up with Japanese noise-rock behemoths Bo Ningen and rebellious, fiercely independent French and Italian noir garage rockers J.C.Satàn. With their pulverising, breathless live shows, Bo Ningen have been described as sounding like ‘a lightning strike on a clear day’. They have wowed us before in 2011 and 2013 and we’re delighted to welcome them back. First timers J.C.Satàn’s music is all dark and shredding guitar tones, abstract lyricism, and screeching vocal delivery. They’ve been compared to “Queens Of The Stone Age backing Serge Gainsbourg”, all swaggering no wave riffs crashing into each other to create the most fantastic sonic shapes.

In addition to all this, throughout the four days, there will be the usual array of surprise performances, one off collaborations and secret sets – presented in collaboration with The Line of Best Fit – that have become End of The Road’s trademark. BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction presenters will be at large around the festival with artist led workshops and a late night DJ set from Nick Luscombe. Plus the usual array of after hours fun and dancing to be had at the Silent Disco, The Disco Ship and a very special ‘Midnight Mass’ hosted by Loud & Quiet (with very special guest DJ’s to be announced) will take place following Father John Misty’s headline set on Saturday night.

The Cinema Programme for End of The Road 2017

(7 months ago)

We’re incredibly excited to not only reveal this year’s Cinema programme, but also bring you news of a complete face-lift for The Cinema itself. Revamped, relocated and revitalised, prepare to fully immerse yourself in a Twin Peaks-inspired wonderland which we’ll celebrate the opening of with a David Lynch double-bill on Thursday evening (with Blue Velvet preceding a screening of Twin Peaks‘ original pilot episode). Be sure to grab a slice of your finest cherry pie, and we’ll stick a pot on.

Our bigger and better than ever before Cinema will this year play host to a vast and eclectic array of films and Q&As. We will be screening some of this year’s finest, from the Oscar winning Moonlight and critically acclaimed horror Get Out, to box office hits for adults and kids alike, The Lego Batman Movie. There’s also plenty of classics on offer, with Robert Altman’s neo-noir thriller The Long Goodbye and the 1979 coming of age drama Breaking Away.

For the proper musos, we are thrilled to welcome producer Graham Leader to Larmer Tree Gardens, all the way from the US, to discuss the Father John Misty and Lucinda Williams approved classic music documentaries, Heartworn Highways and Heartworn Highways Revisited, (featuring Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle and Guy Clark among many others). This will be the highlight of a day filled with Americana cult classics, from the more recent Hell Or High Water, to the iconic Paris, Texas.

We will also be joined by Delia Derbyshire…The Myths & Legendary Tapes director Caroline Catz, to talk about her portrait of an unconventional British electronic music pioneer, while Natale Tsipori will be on hand to take questions about the Low Anthem documentary Am I The Dream or The Dreamer?. The cult budget ‘anti-rom com’ Brakes’ director and writer Mercedes Grower will be in conversation with one of the co-stars Seb Cardinal of Cardinal Burns, ahead of his turn on this year’s Comedy Stage.

End of The Road will also be venturing further into musicals territory this year. From the weird Rain The Colour Of Blue With A Little Red In It, a reimagining of Purple Rain by Mdou Moctar (who plays the Tipi stage for Late Junction on Friday) to the sublime Hedwig And The Angry Inch, and the classic Mary Poppins.

And the kids will be alright with some great animations in store, including Kubo And The Two Strings followed by a Sunday night French language double bill with the acclaimed My Life As A Courgette – premiered at Cannes Film Festival this year – and the beautifully animated non-dialogue cycling comedy, Belleville Rendez-Vous.

The Cinema at End Of The Road 2017:


Blue Velvet
Twin Peaks Series 1 – Pilot Episode
The Long Goodbye
Rain the Colour Of Blue With A Little Red In It (a remake of Purple Rain by Mdou Moctar)
Lost in France


The Handmaiden
Old Boy
Hedwig and The Angry Inch
Lady Macbeth
Am I The Dream or The Dreamer? A Film About The Low Anthem (with Director & Crew Q&A)
Brakes (with Director & Cast Q&A)
Delia Derbyshire… The Myths and the Legendary Tapes (with director Q&A)
All This Panic
Mary Poppins
Kubo and the Two Strings


No Country For Old Men
Hell Or High Water
The Last Picture Show
Paris Texas
Heartworn Highways Revisited (with Producer Q&A)
Heartworn Highways (with Producer Q&A)
Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny
The Rookie


Get Out
The Guest
Goodnight Brooklyn
Breaking Away
Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist
Belleville Rendez Vous
My Life As A Courgette
The Lego Batman Movie

Beavertown at The End Of The Road 2017

(7 months ago)

We are THRILLED that Beavertown Brewery will be back at End of The Road for 2017, with all their sublime beer and ill behaviour. The Beaver Bar will return with the craft beers you know and love, along with a few surprises (who could forget last year’s exceptional Lupuloid launch … except those of us that drank too much of it!)

Beavertown @ End of The Road presents…

Neck Oil

Gamma Ray


8 Ball 

Smog Rocket 

Black Betty 

In addition to Beavertown, we’ve got loads of Real Ales returning the Bear Tavern as usual. Details will be revealed later today.

Tier 4 tickets are on sale now at £189 with no booking or transaction fees. Grab yours now!

2017 Comedy & Literature Line Ups Revealed!

(8 months ago)

We are very excited to reveal this year’s Comedy Stage, boasting a strong and diverse line-up with our usual blend of stand up, sketch, character, musical comedy and political satire. First up, a duo that need no introduction following their award winning Channel 4 sketch show, we are thrilled to have Cardinal Burns performing at this year’s festival. Fresh from their wildly popular and anarchic monthly residency at the Moth Club in Hackney Cardinal Burns Presents…, which has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting nights of comedy around and has seen the likes of Steve Coogan regularly in attendance, be prepared for a show where absolutely anything goes.

We are delighted to welcome back The Adam Buxton Podcast for a second year, featuring Adam’s renowned ramble chats with very special guests to be announced, live from the Comedy Stage. You can listen to last year’s interview with Bridget Christie recorded on the Piano Stage now and Adam has since interviewed the likes of Brian Eno and Zadie Smith, as well as a number of Hollywood actors and high profile comedians. Radio 4 and Have I Got News For You regular Nish Kumar will perform for this the first time at End of The Road, having had a phenomenal rise since hitting the Fringe as a solo act in 2013. Consistently lauded for his satirical, and politically topical stand-up, Kumar’s hour Long Word… Long Word, … Blah Blah Blah… I’m so clever was nominated for an Edinburgh Comedy award in 2015.

Ever wondered what post-punk cabaret might look like? Well wonder no more as Die Roten Punkte, whose unique brand of musical comedy has been compared to the White Stripes and Kraftwerk, hit the Comedy Stage this year. Expect some catchy song pastiches that embody all that’s right (and maybe wrong) with Europop, with some uproarious jokes and outlandish physical comedy in between.

As if that wasn’t enough, we are also thrilled to announce this year’s Literature line-up, showcasing some of the most acclaimed, fascinating and moving writers around. As usual, during the morning of each day of the festival, we will be welcoming a selection of authors to read from and discuss their work at The Library Stage. We have curated a diverse line-up this year that ranges from Throbbing Gristle founding member Cosey Fanni Tutti discussing her autobiography Art Sex Music, to Mike Heron from The Incredible String Band (who have influenced the likes of Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and David Bowie) reading from his recent memoir You Know What You Could Be: Tuning into the 1960s.

We also welcome revered new author Amy Liptrot, whose stunning debut book Outrun was a Sunday Times bestseller, Radio 4 Book of the Week and won the Wainwright Book Prize for nature and travel writing. Last but certainly not least, we have visual artist and surreal comedy writer Miriam Elia, whose hilarious satire on the modern art world in the form of a Ladybird book We Go To The Gallery has become a global phenomenon, selling thousands of copies worldwide.

Comedy Stage 2017 Line Up:

Cardinal Burns
The Adam Buxton Podcast
Nish Kumar
Die Roten Punkte
Robin Ince
Doc Brown
David Trent
Desiree Burch
Joe Lycett
Jenny Collier
John Hastings
Amy Annette’s What Women Want Podcast
Escape Mobile
Laura Davis
Mark Simmons
Bec Hill
Jon Pointing
Sarah Bennetto
Pierre Novellie
Chris Betts

Library Stage 2017 Line Up:

Cosey Fanni Tutti
Robin Ince
Mike Heron
Miriam Elia
Amy Liptrot
Will Ashon
David Keenan
Pete Brown
Joe Boyd

Tier 4 tickets are now on sale at £189. There are no booking or transaction fees. A deposit scheme allows people to pay £45 now and the balance by 15th June: