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Hot Chip, Sleaford Mods, Stereolab, Jonny Greenwood and many more join End of the Road 2021’s line up

(3 years ago)


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!

End of the Road 2021 is now SOLD OUT!

(3 years ago)

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.

End of the Road 2021, here we go…

(4 years ago)


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!




King Krule

Big Thief

Bright Eyes

Little Simz

Perfume Genius

Aldous Harding



The Comet Is Coming

Songhoy Blues

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Girl Band

Field Music



Richard Dawson


Andy Shauf

Black Country, New Road

Anna Meredith

Les Amazones D’Afrique

Blanck Mass

Archie Bronson Outfit

Creep Show

Julianna Barwick

Arlo Parks

Les Filles De Illighadad

Girl Ray

Alice Boman

Nadia Reid


Vanishing Twin

Dry Cleaning

Big Joanie

The Goon Sax

Current Joys

Marie Davidson & L’Œil Nu


Darren Hayman


Mike Polizze

Ahmed Fakroun

Modern Nature

Billy Nomates

Charley Crockett

Penelope Isles

Katy J Pearson

Buck Meek

Margaret Glaspy

Just Mustard

Gwenno & Georgia Ellery perform live score to Bait

Anteloper (Jaimie Branch & Jason Nazary)

Fenne Lily

W. H. Lung

Keeley Forsyth


Frances Quinlan 



William Doyle

Dana Gavanski

Auntie Flo (DJ)

All We Are

Studio Electrophonique

Tenesha The Wordsmith

Trash Kit

Sarathy Korwar

Star Feminine Band

Aoife Nessa Frances


Jeffrey Martin


Jake Xerxes Fussell


The Goa Express

Pan Amsterdam

Junior Brother

Elijah Wolf 


Divide And Dissolve


Red River Dialect

Lazarus Kane

Drug Store Romeos

Zulu Zulu

Sofia Wolfson

The Golden Dregs

Chubby & The Gang

Modern Woman

Bingo Fury

Ian Noe

Sleep Eaters

David Thomas Broughton

Kate Bollinger

Yard Act

Lee Patterson

Martha Rose

Pat T Smith


Will Tea Taylor

Fortitude Valley

Melin Melyn

Marlena Moore

James Leonard Hewitson

Apollo Ghosts

Tom Ravenscroft (DJ)

‘In The Garden of Streaming’ Schedule plus a Sneak Peek from Behind the Scenes

(4 years ago)


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.

End of The Road Presents ‘In The Garden of Streaming’ Recorded Live at Larmer Tree Gardens

(4 years ago)

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!

End of The Road 2020 Postponed to 2021

(4 years ago)

Dear Friends,

There is a first time for everything and this year has been a series of firsts, big time. We were hoping we wouldn’t have to add to the list but sadly this will be the first time in 15 years that there will be no End of The Road: due to the current pandemic, we are postponing the 2020 festival until 2021. 

We’ll desperately miss dancing, singing and partying with all of you. We know you’ll all be missing it too, there is nothing quite like the buzz of live music, but we know this is the right decision for everyone; for our audience, performers, staff and crew, vendors, real ale purveyors, the gardeners who cut the grass and feed the peacocks, the local community, the hard-working NHS staff and key workers, and for all those affected beyond our hedges. 

We’ll be back and ready for one hell of a party from 2nd – 5th September 2021. So will Pixies, King Krule, Big Thief, Bright Eyes, Aldous Harding and Little Simz – who have all already confirmed that they’ll be joining us. We are hugely grateful to these artists and their teams for being so supportive.

We were so proud too of our sadly-not-to-be 2020 line-up, so we’ll be working hard over the summer to stay as true to that as possible come 2021 – with a few exciting new names too.

We owe a huge debt of thanks to our audience for sticking with us during this impossibly difficult time. We also need your help, more than ever, to keep the independent spirit of End of The Road alive so we’re asking you to roll your tickets forward to 2021 if you can. If you need it, and times are hard we know, you are of course entitled to a face-value refund.

We will be contacting all ticket buyers with further details later today. Please refer to our FAQs for more information before you email us.

Over the next few months we will cheer you with news and updates on band bookings and how we are faring in our quest to bring you the most magical and creative End of The Road yet!

Love to you all,

Simon and the team at End of The Road

Happy Earth Day 2020

(4 years ago)

End Of The Road recognises that by putting on a music festival, we are contributing to the climate crisis and each year, by bringing huge amounts of infrastructure to a field along with thousands of festival-goers, we play a part in damaging the environment. 

We are therefore always thinking of initiatives and changes that we can make to alleviate our footprint. We’ve been partnered with A Greener Festival’s Festival Wood campaign since 2014 and with your help have been able to plant over 6000 trees in Scotland.

Since 2014 we have been reconfiguring the festivals power design in order to reduce fuel consumption. In 2019 we used 27% less than in 2013. 

In 2018 we cut our single-use plastic offering by 50% before introducing our Cup Scheme with Green Goblet in 2019, charging festival-goers £2 per new cup in order to reduce our single-use plastic consumption as part of AIF’s “Drastic On Plastic” campaign. With your help, we cut out single-use plastic almost completely.

After covering our costs, some of the profits from the scheme paid for a carbon audit of the festival carried out by Clean Earth Collective, to help decide how to best support environmental community projects around the world.

Following their advice, we used the remaining money to offset our core operations (infrastructure etc) with a Gold Standard Community based project, distributing energy-efficient cookstoves to the Shimoni community in Kenya. More information about the project can be found here. We have also further offset our audience travel with an investment in wind turbines in Costa Rica, more information on this initiative can be found here.

We are proud to say that with your help End Of The Road 2019 offset the emissions of itself and the previous two and a half years of the festival.

We’re also super happy to say that at End of The Road in 2019 we had six tents dropped at the donation point and zero abandoned tents in the fields. You’re all superstars!

More about all our Environmental Initiatives can be found here.

Play EOTR winners announced!

(4 years ago)

The winners of this year’s Play End Of The Road competition have 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 2020 bill.

Catchy and eccentric pop from Melin Melyn, grunge influenced guitar tones from Marlaena Moore and trumpeter and composer James Leonard Hewitson will join us at this year’s festival.

See the full line up here.

An Update on Covid-19,

(4 years ago)

Hello Self-Isolators, Social Distancers, Teachers, NHS Staff, Work From Home-ers and all End of The Road-ers!

We hope you’re keeping well wherever you are – be it working in your PJs, bathing in hand-sanitiser, battling on the front lines or constructing teetering toilet paper towers.

With End of The Road a comforting 24 weeks away we’ve never been so grateful to have a festival at the end of the season, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t closely monitoring the situation.

We look forward to welcoming you all in September, drink in hand, surrounded by our favourite bands, friends and plenty of peacocks. Today we’ve announced the winners of our Play End of The Road competition in the shape of Melin Melyn, Marlaena Moore and James Leonard Hewitson, who will also be joining the party in September.

In the event that we did have to postpone our 15th Year Anniversary, 2020 tickets would be honoured in 2021 or you could get a refund if you prefer. You can refer to our full T&Cs here.

We know life will be pretty surreal and stressful at the moment for a lot of you, so a HUGE thank you for your continued support. As ever, we wouldn’t exist without you. Let’s get through this together and get to Larmer Tree Gardens on the other side.

In the meantime stay safe, stay at home, act responsibly and keep washing those hands!

Very best

Songhoy Blues, Anna Meredith, Makaya McCraven & more added to End of The Road’s 2020 line up

(4 years ago)

With less than six months to go until End of the Road 2020, we’re delighted to reveal another haul of bands to be added to the already sparkling line up. 

Joining headliners Pixies, King Krule, Angel Olsen and Big Thief on the bill will be experimental classical composer and leftfield electronic pop producer Anna Meredith, genre wandering desert blues band Songhoy Blues, Chicago drummer, producer and ‘beat scientist’ Makaya McCraven, explosive electronic artist Blanck Mass, visionary musician, actress and dancer Keeley Forsyth, and much much more. 

Final Tier on sale now. Book your tickets here

Fast becoming a national treasure following no less than an MBE, multi-disciplined composer, producer and musician Anna Meredith returns to End of the Road with her breathtaking live show, straddling contemporary classical, art pop, techno, ambient and experimental rock.

Having long been on the wish list, we’re thrilled to welcome Songhoy Blues for the first time. Known for their electrifying live shows as much as their harrowing story, they have overcome political unrest and exile from their home, to find themselves working with Nick Zinner from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and counting Julian Casablancas among their many discerning fans. 

Blurring the boundaries of jazz and electronic music, drummer and sonic visionary Makaya McCraven reinvents musical performance through his ‘organic beat music’. Last month he released a re-imagining of the seminal I’m New Here, transforming Gil-Scott Heron‘s final album into a masterpiece of dirty blues and spiritual jazz, and it will be a privilege to have him perform it at End Of the Road. 

Hailed as “the new Scott Walker” (link) by The Guardian, dancer, actress and composer Keeley Forsyth produced one of the most startling and acclaimed records of the year so far with the avant-garde and beautiful Debris, documenting her descent into depression. With her voice landing somewhere between Peggy Lee and Nico, her performance at Larmer Tree Gardens promises to be a truly captivating and moving experience. 

The Cinema will have live music for the first time thanks to Cornish-Welsh musician and Welsh Music Prize winner Gwenno Saunders who returns to End Of The Road this summer to perform the score to ‘Bait’ live alongside a screening of the film. Gwenno will be joined by Georgia Ellery, who not only plays Katie in the film but is also a musician in Jockstrap and Black Country, New Road.


Songhoy Blues

Makaya McCraven

Anna Meredith

Blanck Mass

Archie Bronson Outfit

Alice Boman


Current Joys

Ahmed Fakroun

Gwenno (performs live score to ‘Bait’ with Georgia Ellery)

Keeley Forsyth


William Doyle

Jeffrey Martin



Pan Amsterdam



Red River Dialect

Drug Store Romeos

Zulu Zulu

Sofia Wolfson

Ian Noe


Martha Rose

David Thomas Broughton

Chubby & The Gang

Pat T Smith


Willy Tea Taylor