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End Of The Road 2019 is now SOLD OUT!

(6 days ago)

End Of The Road Festival 2019 is now SOLD OUT! We’d like to extend the hugest thank you to everybody who’s bought a ticket, and we can’t wait to see you in August for another weekend of bands, pints and good times.

If you missed out on tickets, or are looking to shift any spares, official resales will be available via Twickets very soon, so keep an eye out.

It’s going to be another unforgettable weekend and not just because of the exceptional headliners – including Beirut’s only UK festival appearance, Metronomy’s timeless bangers or Michael Kiwanuka‘s first festival headline show – but also because of the new discoveries, secret performances, one-off collaborations and surprises around the site – often made possible thanks to The Line of Best Fit. Last year we were lucky enough to have Ezra Furman and John Cale pop up on the Piano Stage in the woods for a one of a kind conversation. Watch the very special moment HERE.

The audacious and uncompromising Spiritualized will kick things off into the stratosphere on Thursday, whilst End of The Road first-timer Michael Kiwanuka takes the reins on Friday. He tops a faultless supporting cast including Baxter Dury, The Beths, Parquet Courts and Mitski as well as daring techno producer Joy Orbison, electronic music powerhouse Kelly Lee Owens and avant-garde producer and performer Yves Tumour.

Friday also sees the return of BBC Radio 3’s flagship experimental music programme Late Junction for a third time. This year the Tipi Stage welcomes Anatolian psych-pop sensation Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek, innovative harpist Mary Lattimore, Afro-Latin-electronic alchemists Penya, and UK producer Natalie Sharp debuting her new project BodyVice, featuring wearable, playable body-sculptures and interactive video combined with performance art.

Saturday is topped by globetrotting songwriter Beirut, playing just after the witty and insightful Courtney Barnett. Electronic adventurer Daniel Avery is our late night DJ at the Big Top, following a headline set from venerable punks Sleaford Mods, as well as jazz drummer Moses Boyd and pioneering experimental producer Gazelle Twin.

Metronomy will bring the Woods Stage to a close on Sunday, with strong support from Deerhunter and Cate Le Bon, and the Garden Stage is closed by longtime friend of End Of The Road and national treasure Jarvis Cocker, who will be appearing as his latest, mysterious musical creation JARV IS… In the Big Top, guitar fans won’t be disappointed with a punk hat trick including Fontaines DC, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs and Viagra Boys.

The reimagined Talking Heads Stage – formerly known as Comedy Stage – will host your usual stellar comedy line-up, as well as exceptional music including Angelo de Augustine, Charlie Parr and Rozi Plain, plus talks, surprise shows and much more.

We’ve also got another fantastic literature line up, showcasing some of the most acclaimed, fascinating and moving writers around on the Literature Stage, including No More Page 3 founder, Lucy-Anne Holmes, award-winning author of Grief Is the Thing with FeathersMax Porter, and Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods.

The New Pavilion will house ‘Art Exhibition: an exhibition of art’, where artists and illustrators including Du Blonde, Dan Jamieson, Kai Wong, and Babak Ganjei will be showcasing their artworks, alongside live portraits and more under the watchful eyes of the resident peacocks.

There are also plenty of magical art installations dotted around the site too, Babak Ganjei has created a Film Ideas series where he’ll offer to sell you the strongest movie pitches and give you and your friends the opportunity of finally breaking into the world of the silver screen.

There is, of course, our usual varied selection of family and kids activities taking place on the Wonderlands Lawn. We’re especially excited about the return of Aardman Animations (animators of Wallace and Gromit) who will once again give you the chance to learn how to make your very own Gromit, Shaun the Sheep or Bitzer (the dog!) as well as an End of the Road-inspired artwork at the Amazing Scene Machine. This interactive activity combines model making, painting, and stop-frame animation to create a unique clay picture, along with an accompanying time-lapse video. Demand will be high and spaces very limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

We have all your favourite on site activities returning this year, including the wildly popular Ringo Music Bingo, the excellent Where Is My Mind? music quiz, returning for its eleventh year with confounding questions and homeopathic puns and The Secret Post Office will be back with their unrivalled enthusiasm for getting your message out with surprising accuracy.

We’re also delighted to welcome back Videopia, an interactive movie making activity that casts, shoots and screens DIY versions of Hollywood classics. This year the crew will be attempting to recreate E.T – The Extra-Terrestrial on site. Watch last year’s exceptional tribute to Jumanji HERE. As if that wasn’t enough, you can enjoy early morning rounds of Rounders just by the Tipi as well as all the variety of after-hours fun and dancing to be had at the Silent Disco, The Disco Ship and the Ferris Wheel in the Effing Forest, and the relaxing Healing Garden to dust it all off with the next day. Along with the ever impressive line up of Food & Drink on offer with our mates from Beavertown and Fourpure returning this year, End of The Road is set to be one of the best weekends of 2019.


2019 Day Splits revealed! Plus BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction return and new additions to the lineup

(1 month ago)

We are very excited to reveal the 2019 Day Splits along with extra additions to this year’s lineup. We’re also thrilled that BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction will be returning to the Tipi Stage on Friday night, curating another evening of experimental and eclectic music from around the globe.

The audacious and uncompromising Spiritualized will kick things off into the stratosphere on Thursday, whilst End Of The Road first-timer Michael Kiwanuka takes the reins for his first ever UK festival headline show on Friday. He tops a faultless supporting cast including Baxter Dury, The Beths, Parquet Courts and Mitski as well as daring techno producer Joy Orbison, electronic music powerhouse Kelly Lee Owens and avant-garde producer and performer Yves Tumour.

Friday also sees the return of BBC Radio 3’s flagship experimental music programme Late Junction for a third time. This year the Tipi Stage welcomes Anatolian psych-pop sensation Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek, innovative harpist Mary Lattimore, Afro-Latin-electronic alchemists Penya, and UK producer Natalie Sharp debuting her new project BodyVice, featuring wearable, playable body-sculptures and interactive video combined with performance art.

Saturday is topped by globetrotting songwriter Beirut, playing just after the witty and insightful Courtney Barnett. Electronic adventurer Daniel Avery is our late night DJ at the Big Top, following a headline set from venerable punks Sleaford Mods, as well as jazz drummer Moses Boyd and pioneering experimental producer Gazelle Twin.

Metronomy will bring the Woods Stage to a close on Sunday, with strong support from Deerhunter and Cate Le Bon, and the Garden Stage is closed by longtime friend of End Of The Road and national treasure Jarvis Cocker, who will be appearing as his latest, mysterious musical creation JARV IS…. In the Big Top, guitar fans won’t be disappointed with a punk hat trick including Fontaines DC, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs and Viagra Boys.

The Comedy Stage has evolved into the Talking Heads Stage – a multi-arts space, with a re-invented programme where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your usual stellar comedy line-up, as well as exceptional music including Angelo de Augustine, Charlie Parr and Rozi Plain, plus talks, surprise shows and much more.

In addition to all of this, throughout the four days, there will be the usual array of surprise performances, one-off collaborations and artist Q&As – presented in collaboration with The Line of Best Fit. There will be a variety of after-hours fun and dancing to be had plus Loud & Quiet’s Silent Disco opening party on Thursday night at the Tipi Stage.


Kelly Lee Owens, Tunng, KOKOKO!, SASAMI, The Beths & more added to the 2019 line up

(4 months ago)

We’re delighted to today welcome eighteen stellar acts to End of the Road 2019 line up. Joining headliners Beirut, Michael Kiwanuka, Metronomy and Spiritualized on the bill will be returning electronic pop experimentalist Kelly Lee Owens, sonic adventurers from the Democratic Republic of Congo KOKOKO! and innovative producer Gazelle Twin.

Plus we welcome back the godfathers of folktronica and old festival favourites Tunng, exuberant pop-punk New Zealanders on one heck of an upwards trajectory The Beths, exquisite guitarist, composer and some time member of Lambchop William Tyler, and so much more.

The winners of this year’s Play End Of The Road competition have also been revealed; we’re talking three incredible new bands that were hand-picked from a list of thousands of hopeful applicants and have won a spot on our 2019 bill, with one bagging a filmed session on site with The Line Of Best Fit. Noisey Glaswegian four-piece Sweaty Palms, Welsh wonky pop wizards Seazoo and all the way from Canada, surf-inflected singer-songwriter Peach Pyramid, will join us at this year’s festival.

Tier Four tickets are now on sale.

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New additions to End of the Road 2019 lineup:

Kelly Lee Owens

Tunng

KOKOKO!

William Tyler

The Beths

SASAMI

Wand

Gazelle Twin

Lewsberg

Westerman

Harrison Whitford

Nardeydey

Group Listening

Helena Deland

Pom Poko

Kelly Moran

girl in red

Molly Sarlé

Sweaty Palms

Seazoo

Peach Pyramid



2019 Headliners Revealed!

(6 months ago)

Beirut will headline their only UK festival this year at End Of The Road. After more than a decade of songwriting and globe-trotting, Zach Condon is a unique artist who continues to create some of the most intriguing and captivating music around and Beirut’s latest album Gallipoli is no different; transportive with an ear for evocative melodies. Beirut were the first band to headline the Woods Stage back in 2011 when it was brand new, making their return a very special moment.

With an Ivor Novello award and two Mercury nominations to his name after just two records, Michael Kiwanuka has achieved a meteoric rise to acclaim. His 2016 album, Love & Hate, presented a bold new sound, exquisitely arranged, revealing an artist coming into his own. We are thrilled to welcome Michael Kiwanuka to End Of The Road for the first time, for his first ever festival headline show.

Last seen at End of the Road in 2006, Joe Mount’s gang Metronomy have since gone on to prove themselves as one of the sharpest British bands around. Now they’re coming back 13 years later to top the bill with their brilliantly idiosyncratic brand of lo-fi funk and back catalogue of instant pop classics. Our Thursday evening headliner reached mythical status following their 1997 masterpiece Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space. The audacious and uncompromising Spiritualized are revered for their transcendent live shows, with their ever enigmatic leader Jason Pierce’s performances at once poignant and defiant, they’re set to launch the festival into the stratosphere.

We are honoured to welcome the award-winning, Grammy and Brit nominated Courtney Barnett to End Of The Road for the first time this year – being a longtime fan of her witty, insightful observations and devastating levels of self-awareness, not to mention her electrifying live shows. Another singular and important voice in the current pop landscape, who also happened to release one of the best albums of 2018 (featuring as Pitchfork and The Line of Best Fit’s #1) with the triumphant Be The Cowboy, is the brilliant Mitski. With an extraordinary live show that includes provocative conceptual art performance, we can’t wait for Mitski to ride on into Larmer Tree Gardens. Someone who is no stranger to End Of The Road is surrealist songwriter Cate Le Bon. Having graced our stages as herself and as part of Drinks, the constant collaborator returns this year having co-produced Deerhunter’s acclaimed new album Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared; they also just happen to be joining us in August.

Celebrating 25 years together, Low remain pioneers in their field and lead the charge of experimental outsiders infiltrating the mainstream on this year’s line up. With the most challenging and outstanding album of their career, Double Negative, topping Albums of The Year 2018 lists all over, we’re thrilled to welcome them back for the third time and for their only UK festival appearance this year. One well known ‘mis-shape’ who’s never sought to fit and yet, is one of the country’s best loved musicians, is Jarvis Cocker. Appearing as JARV IS, his mysterious latest musical project, it’s part work in progress and part “the next best thing”. Either way, we’re thrilled to welcome our old friend back to End Of The Road. Also inhabiting this world of daring outsiders is Alabama-born visual artist and musician Lonnie Holley. He’s revered by David Byrne, Bill Callahan and Daniel Lanois no less, and last year’s highly praised MITH album was simply stunning. American avant-garde performer and producer Yves Tumor subsisted on the fringes until his 2018 album Safe in the Hands of Love set a new benchmark in experimental music. With a provocative live show to match, his set will be unmissable. Meanwhile representing the soulful vanguard is Brooklyn based performer serpentwithfeet with his ecstatic, one-of-a-kind voice that deals with heartbreak and the nuances of being queer and in love. Plus the unique and brilliantly progressive synth-pop duo Virginia Wing who conjure a vision of feminist utopia with their astonishing record Ecstatic Arrow.

Last year, the burgeoning British punk and noise scene had its moment at End Of The Road, which saw career-defining sets from IDLES, Shame and Fat White Family among others. There’s no hint of it slowing down this year, with a mix of established and new artists questioning the status quo at a time we need it the most. This year the punks are spearheaded by Nottingham duo Sleaford Mods, whose pummeling beats and searing attacks on the drudgery of daily life make for an arresting live show. We’re ecstatic to welcome legendary post-punk pioneers Wire to perform for the first time – bringing some 40 years of experience with them as well as their 16th album, Silver/Lead, which confirms their ability to shapeshift and continually make landmark records. Newcomers Fontaines D.C. – who merge krautrock infused riffs with poetic lyrics – will be joined by fellow Dubliners The Murder Capital, who make blistering punk rock and have already been included in The Guardian’s Ones to Watch 2019. Last but not least, one of the most exciting new bands around, the enigmatic London six-piece Black Country, New Road will be joining the uprising as well.

UK jazz is having a moment and drummer, composer and producer Moses Boyd is undoubtedly one of the leading forces in this new wave of artists redefining the genre. Having won multiple awards and collaborated with Little Simz, Four Tet and Floating Points to name a few, Boyd’s sound is a heady brew of jazz and Yoruba chants, with hip hop and electronica-influenced beats. On a similar trajectory and having collaborated with Boyd, we are very excited to welcome Nérija – a seven-piece London-based all-female jazz band whose expansive mix of sounds takes in jazz, soul and hip-hop, and lots more in between. One of Nérija’s members, saxophonist Nubya Garcia will also be performing a set. Known for her soulful and groove-driven solo work, she has also been a key component in a string of new and established artists including the South London arts collective Steam Down. Founded by multi-instrumentalist Ahnanse to connect London based musicians and producers, they take in everything from Afrofuturism, grime, jazz and future soul and features some of the best musicians from the city.

We can’t wait to see this cross-pollinating collective and their talented collaborators, as well as the vast array of artists already confirmed, at End Of The Road 2019.


End Of The Road Festival 2019 Line Up:

Beirut
Metronomy
Michael Kiwanuka
Spiritualized
Courtney Barnett
Jarvis Cocker (Introducing JARV IS)
Sleaford Mods
Low
Deerhunter
Parquet Courts
Mitski
Cate Le Bon
Baxter Dury
Daniel Avery
Wire
Cass McCombs
BEAK>
Goat Girl
serpentwithfeet
Nubya Garcia
Let’s Eat Grandma
Jessica Pratt
Ata Kak
Yves Tumor
Steve Gunn
Kikagaku Moyo
BC Camplight
Moses Boyd Exodus
Black Midi
Kero Kero Bonito
Georgia
BCUC
Tyler Childers
Lonnie Holley
Nérija
Stella Donnelly
Jade Bird
Bodega
Angelo De Augustine
Mark Mulcahy
Sandro Perri
Sing Leaf
Squid
Fontaines D.C.
Oliver Coates
Martha
Kathryn Joseph
Jim Ghedi
Viagra Boys
Gia Margaret
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
Crack Cloud
Bilge Pump
Anna St. Louis
Porridge Radio
Pottery
Charlie Parr
Steam Down
Israel Nash
Ohtis
Lisa O’Neill
Black Country, New Road
Rozi Plain
Sam Evian
Sons of Raphael
N0V3L
TVAM
Jockstrap
Crumb
Virginia Wing
The Murder Capital

More info on all the acts can be found on our  Line Up Page


Play End Of The Road 2019 Applications Now Open!

(7 months ago)

 

APPLICATIONS OPEN HERE NOW 

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:

Entry:

  • Only applications submitted through the online form will be accepted. We will not accept applications by email or social media.
  • Applications are open from 5 December – Midnight 10 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 29th August – Sunday 1st September 2019 inclusive

Announcement:

  • 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 PARTY ON 5 DECEMBER AT CORSICA STUDIOS, TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

(9 months ago)

With the dust truly settled on this year’s exceptional End Of The Road, it’s time to reveal details of our annual Christmas Party which this year, takes place at Corsica Studios in London on Wednesday 5th December, presented with our friends at Loud And Quiet.

We’re beyond excited to reveal Black Midi, described by Shame as ‘the best band in London’, as our Christmas Party headliners. They join one of this year’s festival highlights Bas Jan, who will be performing their signature art pop, alongside much hyped newcomers Squid, whose “rich blend of psychedelia, Europop and punk noise” (The Line of Best Fit) should get the party started nicely.

Plus Loud And Quiet will be on DJ duties all evening and until late, reliving their career defining set from the festival’s opening party.

Tickets are £13 each and available through Music Glue and DICE.


End of the Road 2019 on sale now!

(11 months ago)

The dates for next year’s End of the Road festival have been announced for 29 August – 1 September 2019. Early Bird tickets went on sale this morning and sold out in 20 minutes, Tier Two tickets are on sale now for £170 with no booking or transaction fees.

The Deposit Scheme also makes a return – you can pay £45 now and top up the balance in however many instalments you wish, as long as the balance is fully paid by 2nd July.

See you down the front!


End Of The Road 2018 Sold Out!

(11 months ago)

End Of The Road Festival 2018 is now SOLD OUT! We’d like to extend the hugest thank you to everybody who’s bought a ticket, and we can’t wait to see you in a couple of weeks for another weekend of bands, pints and good times.

If you missed out on tickets, or are looking to shift any spares, head to our official Twickets page at endoftheroad.twickets.co.uk, to buy and sell at face value.


BBC RADIO 3’s ADVENTUROUS LATE JUNCTION RETURNS TO END OF THE ROAD 2018

(11 months ago)

BBC Radio 3’s flagship experimental music programme, Late Junction, returns to End Of The Road festival this year, following the partnership’s successful debut in 2017, curating a range of ground breaking and exciting artists from around the globe. Once again, four carefully selected artists will perform on the Tipi Stage as part of the festival’s Friday night line up, hosted by Verity Sharp. 

Moor Mother is the experimental music project of musician, poet and visual artist, Camae Ayewa. With ecstatic acclaim for her debut album Fetish Bones — named one of the albums of the year by the likes of Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and The Wire — Moor Mother uses hip-hop, samples, spoken word and free jazz to create space-time bending sound, resulting in a DIY twist on the Afrofuturism of fellow Philadelphia artist-philosopher Sun Ra.

Ten piece psychedelic Sudanese Afrobeat ensemble The Scorpios first arrived in the UK in the 1980s as refugees and now consist of members from all over the world supported by an international backing band of musicians from Ghana, Jamaica, Poland and Japan. Influenced by traditional Sudanese songs and 1960s pop, their unique blend of Eastern funk, Arabic rhythms and reggae makes for an exhilarating live show.

Multi-instrumentalist, composer and academic Annie Lewandowski is the beating heart of international ‘eclectic folk’ outfit Powerdove. Bolstered by band members Thomas Bonvalet and Chad Popple, Powerdove reference everything from the classical avant garde, 1970s prog folk and 1980s post-punk. Combining improvisation with unconventional instrumentation, the adventurous trio produce a wildly unpredictable and captivating live show.  

Zimpel / Ziolek is the coming together of two leading multi-instrumentalists from Poland’s fertile experimental underground. Fusing the modern jazz minimalism of Waclaw Zimpel with Kuba Ziolek’s traditional folk leanings, the duo’s extraordinary record What Goes Around is a masterclass in musicianship, filled with astounding clarinet solos and hypnotic guitar work. End Of The Road is thrilled to host Zimpel / Ziolek’s UK festival debut.

Recordings of all performances will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction on the 11th, 12th and 13th September from 11pm.


Stage Times revealed for 2018!

(11 months ago)

Sharpies at the ready… our 2018 Stage Times are here! This year the official clashfinder will be available as a handy pull out in our actual festival programme, available on-site. So no more printing and laminating your own, only to lose it on the first night.