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2019 Headliners Revealed!

(1 year 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:

Michael Kiwanuka
Courtney Barnett
Jarvis Cocker (Introducing JARV IS)
Sleaford Mods
Parquet Courts
Cate Le Bon
Baxter Dury
Daniel Avery
Cass McCombs
Goat Girl
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
Tyler Childers
Lonnie Holley
Stella Donnelly
Jade Bird
Angelo De Augustine
Mark Mulcahy
Sandro Perri
Sing Leaf
Fontaines D.C.
Oliver Coates
Kathryn Joseph
Jim Ghedi
Viagra Boys
Gia Margaret
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
Crack Cloud
Bilge Pump
Anna St. Louis
Porridge Radio
Charlie Parr
Steam Down
Israel Nash
Lisa O’Neill
Black Country, New Road
Rozi Plain
Sam Evian
Sons of Raphael
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!

(1 year 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 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


  • 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.



(1 year 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!

(2 years 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!

(2 years 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, to buy and sell at face value.


(2 years 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!

(2 years 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.

Final wave of artists for End of the Road 2018

(2 years ago)

With just six weeks to go until End of the Road 2018 opens its gates, we are thrilled to announce the final additions to this year’s already exceptional music line up.

Political post-punk outfit Shopping released their Edwyn Collins produced third album The Official Body earlier this year, showing off a band not only at their creative peak but also at their most vital and exhilarating. Since leaving Yuck, Daniel Blumberg has shown himself to be a restless talent. Some might have spotted him playing and recording at London’s Cafe Oto recently, where he met and collaborated with a range of musicians that led to his brilliant debut record Minus.

Swedish indie pop quartet Hater take their musical cues from the likes of Alvvays, The Pretenders and The Radio Dept. Their full length debut You Triedis an intoxicating mix of indie-pop, post-punk, and classic rock all led by frontwoman Caroline Landahl’s gorgeous vocals. Finally, the outrageous noise merchants born out of Australia’s East Coast punk new wave Amyl and The Sniffers, have quickly delivered a stockpile of grimy riffs and blistering live shows, while having as much fun as possible. And with the electric lead singer Amy Taylor at the helm, they’ll make sure you do too.

The Cinema Programme for End of The Road 2018

(2 years ago)

We’re delighted to reveal details of our Cinema programme for 2018, tailor made for cinephiles, film fanatics and those who believe the only true hangover cure is watching Tom Hanks in Big.

We’re very excited to welcome The Prince Charles Cinema and their wide selection of cult classics to Larmer Tree for the first time. They curate Saturday and Sunday’s billing, with Heathers, The Princess Bride (Quote Along) and a Wallace and Gromit double bill, followed by a Q&A with Senior Aardman Model Maker Jim Parkyn, just a few of many highlights.

Meanwhile, all four of Thursday night’s films have been hand-picked by mercurial pop genius Gruff Rhys, ahead of his Saturday night performance on the Woods Stage, including Jean Luc-Godard’s La Chinoise, whilst we’ve taken the reins on Friday’s offerings.


La Chinoise [18]
Suspiria [18]
Belladonna Of Sadness [18]
This Unfortunate Thing Between Us


American Psycho [18]
You Were Never Really Here [15]
Lost In Translation [15]
Fish Tank [15]
Wasp [15]
Please Give [15]
Tomboy [U]
Persepolis [12]
The Danish Poet
Big [12]


*Mystery Film* [18]
Dig! [15]
Lady Bird [15]
The Florida Project [15]
The Princess Bride (Quote Along) [PG]
Cinema Paradiso [PG]
Isle Of Dogs [PG]
A Close Shave (U) w/ Senior Model Maker Q&A
The Wrong Trousers (U)


*Mystery Film* [18]
Hellraiser [18]
The Music Videos Of Spike Jonze
Heathers [15]
No Fun City [15]
20th Century Women [15]
Boy [15]
Mary And The Witch’s Flower [U]
Steamboat Bill Jr. [U]

Food and Drink at End Of The Road 2018

(2 years ago)

We’re delighted to welcome some exciting new food faces this year, including the award winning Lebanese food and Antipodean coffee connoisseurs Wholefood Cafe, Thai street food specialists Bangwok and from the people behind The Breakfast Club comes The Little Green Trailer, offering hangover busting breakfasts to make you feel like a champion after a night lost in the Woods. There will also be lots of familiar faces too, with the enduringly popular Rac Shac bringing their signature giant wheels of Raclette cheese, the tantalising breakfast kedgeree from The Goan Seafood Company and deliciously addictive and healthy Happy Maki who make innovative vegan sushi rolls to order.

One of End Of the Road’s corner stones Pizza Tabun are sadly not coming to the festival this year. But fear not as we have invited another award winning pizzeria to join us, Made Of Dough, who serve the most delicious Neapolitan-style sourdough base concoctions we’ve ever tried.

We’re also proud to host Beavertown Brewery for the third year running at End Of The Road this year, with all their sublime beer and ill behaviour. The Beaver Bar will return with the craft beers you know and love, with Gamma Ray, 8 Ball, Smog Rocket and festival favourite Lupuloid all making appearances, as well as Neck Oil available on draft at The Black Crow bar for the first time. And we’ve heard there will be some surprises in store as well… so keep your eyes peeled. If you can keep them open.

In addition to the Beaver Bar, we’ve got lots of real ales returning the Bear Tavern as usual. We’re very lucky to have some of the country’s best real ale breweries located close to the festival and for the fourth year, we’ll be sourcing our real ale from local breweries. Real ales from Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset, Hampshire and the New Forest covering a wide selection of styles, colours and flavours will be available to tickle your tastebuds throughout the weekend. The Black Crow and Peacock Bars will be serving the annual End Of The Road Ale, made differently each year by Milk Street Brewery, while The Badger Innis the place for early morning Bloody Marys, late night cocktails and a single malt and gin menu. Last but definitely not least, the infamous Cider Bus will be back with a bang, keeping the party going into the small hours.