We’re absolutely delighted to welcome the legendary Pixies as our first End Of The Road Festival 2022 headliner. The pioneers of loud-quiet-loud, and one of the most influential guitar bands of the past forty years, they’ll bring their visceral, thrilling live show to Larmer Tree Gardens for the first time next September. With 2022 early-birds selling out in under a minute, tickets are still flying out the door at record speed, so secure yours before it’s too late.
It’s what you’ve all been waiting for. We’re delighted to share our EOTR 2021 Day Splits with you all today. Time to dig out the sharpie and spend the next fortnight fretting over clashes… we hope they’re not too evil.
In addition to the above, we’re thrilled to announce that ever-growing folk collective Broadside Hacks will perform a very special Sunday afternoon set on our Piano Stage.
We’re sorry to say that Altin Gun, The Goon Sax and Tenesha the Wordsmith will no longer be joining us; though we’re delighted to welcome Soccer96, Pozi, Charlie Cunningham, Teleman, NiNE8 and Blood Wizard to the bill.
With just over two weeks to go before the 15th edition of End Of The Road, described as “inarguably, the best-curated festival of the summer” (★★★★★ NME in 2019), the music offering is already looking like the best and most cutting edge of the summer so far, featuring artists like King Krule, Stereolab and Special Guest Damon Albarn. In addition to this, the
festival has now released an incredibly strong lineup for their Comedy & Literature offering. Simon Amstell makes a welcome return to stand-up and will be headlining the festival’s comedy programme with a set that promises to tackle big themes such as shame and ego. A familiar presence on TV and Radio over the last decade Shaparak Khorsand also joins the bill,
bringing laughs about “ladette” culture in the 90s. Spain’s best export… to Wales, Ignacio Lopez, will give us a taste of being an outsider, as Tom Ward will keep the energy high and Irish comedian Mary Bourke refuses to hold her punches whether exploring gender equality on national identity.
Elsewhere, Jon Levene, usually of Jon & Nath, will be flying solo, whilst BBC Radio 4 regular and highly acclaimed comedian Josie Long will perform and extended solo set. David Hoare will bring his musical comedy to the festival, Dutch comedian Micky Overman will provide her usual sharp writing with a frank and confident delivery and absurd trio Crybabies will entertain with their narrative-driven sketch comedy.
On the literature side, End Of The Road Festival will help you get back to nature with talks from celebrated Author and former Music Critic Lucy Jones, and fellow novelist and naturalist Melissa Harrison. Journalist and Author Sophie Heawood is sure to bring some laughs as she talks about the celebrities she writes about and her own, endearingly chaotic, personal life.
Human Rights Activist and Author Rebecca Schiller will educate, as Historian and Biographer Philip Hoare will be sure to take his audience on a journey through time.
Full Comedy Lineup:
Full Literature Lineup:
With less than a month to go until EOTR 2021, we have made some late additions to our lineup to ensure this year goes down as our best ever. Leading this news announcement as Special Guest is Damon Albarn who, with a new solo album on the horizon, will be accompanied by his band with a string quartet and you can expect a mix of new material and songs from across his songbook. Also joining us will be Canadian post-punk provocateurs Crack Cloud, Birmingham based R&B star Sipho, sixteen-piece West-African outfit Balimaya Project, boundary pushing electronic musician Loraine James, confessional singer songwriter Anna B Savage and plenty more.
Also joining us will be: Kiran Leonard / Wesley Gonzalez / BABii / Gwenifer Raymond / Broadside Hacks / The Umlauts / Sam Akpro / Tiberius B / John Francis Flynn / Michael Clark / Joe Goddard (DJ)
Please note that unfortunately the following artists will no longer be able to join us: Whitney, Tune-Yards, Tinariwen, Songhoy Blues, Les Amazones d’Afrique, Blanck Mass, Les Filles de Illighadad, Current Joys, Marie Davidson &L’œil Nu, Shygirl, The Anchoress, Mike Polizze, Margaret Glaspy, Itasca, Skullcrusher, Jeffrey Martin, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Disq, Sofia Wolfson, David Thomas Broughton and Marlaena Moore.
We come bearing good news! A limited number of End of The Road 2021 tickets go on sale tomorrow (20th May) at 10am!
Click here and grab your tickets for this year’s festival before they’re all gone. Be quick to avoid disappointment.
And in case you need a reminder of what’s in store for our 15th anniversary, read on…
Joining musical polymath King Krule as headliners are electro-pop heavyweights Hot Chip, anarchic punks Sleaford Mods and sonic explorers Stereolab. Plus, Radiohead guitarist and Oscar-nominated composer Jonny Greenwood, confessional synth-pop star John Grant, and Malian musical nomads Tinariwen join the previously announced UK rap pioneer Little Simz, endlessly inventive tUnE-yArDs and the band at the forefront of the UK Jazz explosion, The Comet Is Coming.
Elsewhere, there’s an incredible array of artists to enjoy, such as Scottish indie kings Arab Strap, legendary folk singer Shirley Collins & The Lodestar Band, synth-pop siren Jane Weaver, psychedelic rock group Kikagaku Moyo, thrilling techno-punks Scalping and many more.
So much has changed since the last time we sang, danced and frolicked amongst the trees, the peacocks and our favourite bands, but one thing that hasn’t is our determination to throw the party of the year.
We worked really hard to bring you our 2020 line-up in 2021, but the world had other ideas and some of our pals from across the pond are no longer able to make it.
Determined to bring you the best party this summer, we rolled up our sleeves and got to work curating an exciting new line-up. Feast your eyes on our new additions for 2021 and already familiar names.
First up, joining musical polymath King Krule as headliners are electro-pop heavyweights Hot Chip, anarchic punks Sleaford Mods and sonic explorers Stereolab. Plus, Radiohead guitarist and Oscar-nominated composer Jonny Greenwood, confessional synth-pop star John Grant, and Malian musical nomads Tinariwen join the previously announced UK rap pioneer Little Simz, endlessly inventive tUnE-yArDs and the band at the forefront of the UK Jazz explosion, The Comet Is Coming.
Elsewhere, there’s an incredible array of newly announced artists to enjoy, such as Scottish indie kings Arab Strap, legendary folk singer Shirley Collins & The Lodestar Band, synth-pop siren Jane Weaver, psychedelic rock group Kikagaku Moyo, thrilling techno-punks Scalping and many more. Keep scrolling for the full line up.
We know this is a big change from our original line-up but we’re sure you’ll be ready to party with us in September anyway. In case you’re not, we’ve decided to open up refunds for a strictly limited 10-day window. Many of you supported us by rolling over your tickets from 2020, for which we’re truly grateful, and loads of people are still hoping to buy tickets, so although we have the right to substitute acts under the T&Cs of ticket purchase, in these special circumstances if anyone wants out you’ve got until midnight on the 14th May to request your refund.
For those of you who were caught unaware by the early March sell out, some more exciting news comes in the form of a Limited Late Release of Tickets. You will have your chance to grab a ticket for this year’s End Of The Road on May 20th from 10am. Tickets have been in high demand, so set aside whatever else you were planning to do that day to make sure you’re one of the lucky few.
We missed you all terribly last year, but we are coming back bigger and stronger in 2021 with more music, twists, turns and surprises than ever before.
See you down the front!
As the temperatures rise and the sun hangs around beyond 5pm, we’re feeling positive about the Summer and making real plans! It seems you lot are too because End of the Road 2021 is now SOLD OUT!
It has been a strange year and we’d like to extend the biggest THANK YOU to everybody who’s bought a ticket and stood with us through these tough times. We can’t wait to see you in September for a well deserved weekend of incredible LIVE music, pints with pals and a whole lot of dancing!
If you missed out on tickets, official resales will once again be available via Twickets only. Keep an eye out for more details and onsale dates.
Don’t forget – if you have bought a Deposit ticket you have until 5th May to pay the remaining balance.
To spread some cheer before the end of a very difficult year, we are thrilled to reveal who will be joining Pixies, King Krule, Big Thief, Bright Eyes, Little Simz and Aldous Harding at End of the Road 2021. Feast your eyes on over 100 artists on the bill, some familiar from 2020, some not so much…
We were ready for one hell of a party in 2020 so we did our best to keep most of the original line-up. The first of which needs no (re)introduction – it is an honour to once again welcome masters of loud-quiet-loud Pixies; King Krule with his endlessly inventive sounds and, having made quite an impact with their transcendental Garden Stage set in 2018, Big Thief are back, this time to top the bill.
Bright Eyes will appear at End of the Road for the very first time in 2021. Hearing songs from the band who made some of the 00’s defining songs – along with some new ones – in the stunning surroundings of Larmer Tree Gardens will be truly unforgettable. The incomparable New Zealand songwriter Aldous Harding has also confirmed her return. UK rap pioneer Little Simz leads the charge of this year’s talented wordsmiths, drawing from jazz, funk and punk to soundtrack her dexterous flow.
But you knew this already…
New for 2021, the peerless Perfume Genius returns, this time to headline the Woods Stage on Thursday night. His cinematic new album Set My Heart On Fire Immediately has given us immeasurable amounts of joy this year. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever also make a return. The Aussie five-piece are set to rip up the fields of Dorset again with ridiculously catchy guitar pop.
From the other side of the Atlantic, we have Anteloper; a duo of psychedelic sonic compatriots forged in the Chicago jazz scene and perfected in Brooklyn by trumpeter Jaimie Branch and drummer Jason Nazary. From the West Coast, tUnE-yArDs bring an enviable array of percussion instruments, strong soulful vocals and endless loops
Continuing End Of The Road’s explorations into the experimental we have Brooklyn based composer Julianna Barwick crafting ethereal, largely wordless soundscapes, all of which are built around multiple loops and layers of her angelic voice.
Joining the genre wandering desert blues band Songhoy Blues from Mali, will be the creative force that is Les Amazones d’Afrique plus the groundbreaking Les Filles de Illighadad, whose lead vocalist Fatou Seidi Ghali is one of the only Tuareg female guitarists in Niger. All female seven piece Star Feminine Band hail from Benin and play a lucky dip of cross-African styles, highlife perhaps the most prominent, with pop energy and rock sinew. Oh and they have three drummers.
And finally, it wouldn’t be End of the Road without Squid in attendance. They were the talk of the weekend in 2019, playing a whopping three sets, as well as the stars of In The Garden of Streaming in September. They, and all of you, were missed terribly this year. But we hope to come back bigger and stronger in 2021 with more music, twists, turns and surprises than ever before.
Here’s to 2021!
END OF THE ROAD 2021 LINE UP:
The Comet Is Coming
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Black Country, New Road
Les Amazones D’Afrique
Archie Bronson Outfit
Les Filles De Illighadad
The Goon Sax
Marie Davidson & L’Œil Nu
Katy J Pearson
Gwenno & Georgia Ellery perform live score to Bait
Anteloper (Jaimie Branch & Jason Nazary)
W. H. Lung
Auntie Flo (DJ)
All We Are
Tenesha The Wordsmith
Star Feminine Band
Aoife Nessa Frances
Jake Xerxes Fussell
The Goa Express
Divide And Dissolve
Red River Dialect
Drug Store Romeos
The Golden Dregs
Chubby & The Gang
David Thomas Broughton
Pat T Smith
Will Tea Taylor
James Leonard Hewitson
Tom Ravenscroft (DJ)
With less than 48 hours to go until End of the Road streams right into your living room, we bring you ‘In the Garden of Streaming’s’ detailed schedule. Look, not a clash in sight!
Tune in from wherever you are on Sunday, 6th September from 6:30 pm at live.endoftheroadfestival.com.
We’ll be streaming unique performances from Squid, Billy Nomates, Katy J Pearson, The Golden Dregs, Modern Woman, plus a one-off collaborative improvisation between two drummers Morgan Simpson of black midi and Kwake Bass, a live drawing workshop with resident End Of The Road artist Dan Jamieson, Q&As with special guests and an array of electrifying surprises to light up your living room.
We’ve pulled out all the stops to bring you an evening of live performance, and we want as many of you to join us as possible so this is a pay-what-you-want event. If you feel you can, we’d really appreciate your contributions toward covering our costs. 20% of all proceeds will go to our long term local charity partner CODA MUSIC TRUST.
See you in cyberspace.
You knew it, we knew it… Not even wild horses could keep us from bringing you a slice of live End of the Road magic. Since you can’t come to us this year, we’ll come to you … we present ‘In the Garden of Streaming’ recorded live from Larmer Tree Gardens.
In The Garden Of Streaming starts at 6.30 pm on Sunday 6th September, tune in here: live.endoftheroadfestival.com
On Sunday 6th September, we will mark this year’s postponed festival with stellar live performances, alongside workshops, Q&As and more, bringing all the magic of the Gardens into your own home. In true End of The Road spirit, we have selected some of of the most exciting new music that we have been listening to lately.
Festival sweethearts Squid, who were the talk of the weekend last year after playing a whopping three sets to wild acclaim, return to End of The Road as headliners ready to disrupt your living room (and your neighbours).
Rising star Billy Nomates, aka Tor Maries, is an authentic, authoritative and frequently funny performer who recorded her debut album with Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, no less. Last seen mesmerising the audience at End of The Road’s Christmas shindig, Katy J Pearson will be performing songs from her anticipated debut album Return while fellow West Country troubadours The Golden Dregs bring their punchy debut Lafayette, packed full of wry wit, bittersweet ennui and simmering beauty.
Forever championing new talent, we’re delighted to introduce London-based four-piece Modern Woman who have been creating a whirlwind of buzz through their electrifying live shows without a note of music being released yet.
The evening will also feature a one off collaborative improvisation between two drummers Morgan Simpson of black midi and Kwake Bass, recorded at The Room studios and presented by our friends at Loud And Quiet. Plus a live drawing workshop with resident End Of The Road artist Dan Jamieson, Q&As with special guests and an array of electrifying surprises to light up your living room.
We owe a huge debt of thanks to all of you for sticking with us this year. We can’t thank you enough but we’re not out of the woods yet. We’ve pulled out all the stops to bring you an evening of live performance, and we want as many of you to join us as possible so this event is available free of charge. If you feel you can, we’d really appreciate your contributions toward covering our costs. 20% of all proceeds will go to our long term local charity partner CODA MUSIC TRUST.
Before we go, a big thank you for your support, your encouragement, and for keeping the independent spirit of End of The Road alive.
We can’t wait to have a beer with you all soon.
For now, see you in cyberspace!