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2017 Headliners Revealed!

(6 years ago)

We are so excited to announce the first round of bands for End of The Road 2017!!Father John Misty

Father John Misty will make his first ever UK festival headline appearance at End Of The Road. Since 2012, Joshua Tillman has emerged as a singular and idiosyncratic voice. Whether by virtue of his polarising, witty lyrics, his ‘intimately berzerk’ live performances or the infuriating line he seems to tread between canny and total fraud, Father John Misty has carved out an enigmatic position for himself in the musical landscape. With a new album Pure Comedy, due in April, we can’t wait to see what he has in store for the Woods Stage.

Joining the good Father is firm festival favourite Mac DeMarco, who returns with his delicately demented pop to play his only UK festival this year. Last seen presenting us with our tenth birthday cake on the Garden Stage before staging a full on cake fight, the shambolic, crowd-surfing maverick Mac announced a new album last week and to say we’re excited to have him all to ourselves, is a massive understatement.

We’re honoured that multi-Grammy award winning legend Lucinda Williams will be bringing her pioneering songwriting to Larmer Tree Gardens for the very first time. Following the universally acclaimed 2016 album Ghosts Of Highway 20, End of The Road is the only festival where you will hear her spellbinding songs brought to life, taking in aspects of Americana from Blues and Honky-Tonk, Gospel and Soul to Folk and Rock.

Following Lucinda Williams’ lead will be the Seattle based artist Courtney Marie-Andrews, who counts the likes of Ryan Adams and Damien Jurado among her fans. Julie Byrne’s startlingly beautiful voice will surely bring the festival to a standstill, while acclaimed newcomer and ex Little Big League guitarist Japanese Breakfast brings her blend of dark lyrics and blissed out pop melodies. We are also delighted to have Norwich multi-instrumentalists and purveyors of ‘sludge-pop’ Let’s Eat Grandma, whose alluring strangeness extends to their live show. Dancing, rapping, recorder solos… it’s all there and we can’t wait.

New York via Texas punks Parquet Courts, who provided the soundtrack to our excellent launch video, make their second appearance at End Of The Road following their breathlessly exciting show in 2013. After last year’s brilliant Human Performance – which was more melodic, more personal and angrier than anything they’d done before – we’re in for another treat. Fellow punk and one-man dynamo Ty Segall also returns to see us for the second time, playing utterly joyful rock’n’roll, without the irony but with all the passion. Not one for half measures, his live show is an over-the-top howling assault on the senses that is as gloriously bewildering as it is exciting.

We are very pleased to welcome back the unique Perfume Genius, whose performance in 2014 left us speechless; those already delicate songs, and the not so delicate ones, laid entirely bare. His new album should be revealed soon, and we can’t wait to fall in love all over again. Fellow Seattle based songwriter Car Seat Headrest also joins us with material from recent album Teens Of Denial – a heady distillation of introversion and aggression, vulnerability and playfulness. Live he covers everyone from The Cars to Frank Ocean, as well as ripping through his own original material.

California indie duo Foxygen will play for us at last. Their long awaited new album Hang features contributions from the Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd, Matthew E. White, the Lemon Twigs and more. Speaking of Lemon Twigs… the ultimate critics pets have gone from playing New York bars to signing a record deal with 4AD within a year, receiving praise from as far and wide as the Zombies to Questlove. They’ve already played with Foxygen and Car Seat Headrest, so we’re happy to keep the gang together at End of The Road 2017.

End Of The Road Festival 2017 Line Up:

Father John Misty
Mac DeMarco
Band Of Horses
Lucinda Williams
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Amadou & Mariam
Ty Segall
Real Estate
Parquet Courts
Perfume Genius
Car Seat Headrest
Jens Lekman
The Lemon Twigs
Gold Panda
Nadine Shah
Bill Ryder-Jones
Ryley Walker
Girl Band
Marika Hackman
Courtney Marie Andrews
All We Are
Julia Jacklin
Vaudou Game
Let’s Eat Grandma
Margaret Glaspy
Kelly Lee Owens
Michael Chapman
Brix & The Extricated
John Smith
Japanese Breakfast
Julie Byrne
Nap Eyes
Aaron Lee Tasjan
Amanda Bergman
Nadia Reid
Girl Ray
Ultimate Painting
Shovels & Rope
John Moreland
Gabriella Cohen
Lisa O’Neill
Xylouris White
Goat Girl
Scott Hirsch
W. H. Lung
The Honey Hahs
J. Bernardt
Legends Of Country
Mega Bog
The Spook School

More acts to be announced soon including our third headliner.

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

Play End of the Road 2017 Competition Now Open

(6 years ago)

We’re excited to announced that our annual Play End of the Road competition is now open for entries. 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.

Think you’ve got what it takes to join our award-winning line up? Click here for more information and to enter.

Christmas Shindig on 7 December at Kamio, tickets on sale now!

(6 years ago)

We round off another exceptional year with the announcement of our annual Christmas Shindig, taking place at Kamio on 7 December. Tickets go on sale today at 9am and are available HERE.

The festival is thrilled to reveal that Bill Ryder-Jones will headline, fresh from his mesmerising set on this year’s Garden Stage. The celebrations will also include special guest DJs to be announced, who will keep the party going until the small hours.

RSVP via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1287084878010655/

Thank You from End Of The Road Festival!

(6 years ago)

End of the Road would like to say a HUGE thank you to each and every person who came down to this year’s festival. You all made the 11th edition an absolutely incredible one. We are still reeling from all the surprises and once in a lifetime performances!

The Shins opened the festival with their first show in three years. Bat For Lashes threw a wild wedding reception and orchestrated an on stage marriage proposal. We danced until we dropped with Jon Hopkins while stunning secret shows from Wild Beasts, Phosphorescent and Ezra Furman thrilled audiences all weekend. We laughed through the rain with the help of Adam Buxton, Stewart Lee and Bridget Christie. We’ve loved every minute of it and we can’t wait to see you all next year.

Early Bird tickets go on sale at 7am tomorrow morning.

End Of The Road 2016 Has Sold Out!

(6 years ago)

That’s all folks! This year’s End Of The Road Festival has officially sold out.

Car (£10) and Campervan (£80) passes will available for sale upon arrival.

See you in a few days time for the party of the year!


End Of The Road 2016 Stage Times Revealed!

(6 years ago)

With just one week until End Of The Road 2016 opens its gates, we are thrilled to reveal this year’s stage times.

To save you some precious time, our friends over at The Line Of Best Fit have put together this nifty clash finder. Visit http://bestf.it/2bpXJd9 to download their tailor-made cheat sheet!

Proceedings kick off that little bit earlier this year, with the Thursday night hosting some incredible acts, including The Shins on the Woods Stage:

Thursday 1 September

Woods Stage

The Shins (20:45 – 22:15)
Teleman (19:00 – 19:45)

Tipi Stage

Surprise Show (22:00 – 23:00)
YAK (20:45 – 21:30)
John Johanna (19:30 – 20:15)
Baywaves (18:15 – 19:00)

Kelley Stoltz has sadly had to cancel his European tour and will therefore no longer be appearing at this year’s End Of The Road.

Only 300 Tickets Left and just over Two Weeks to go until End of The Road 2016!

(6 years ago)

Have you seen the news? We’re down to our last 300 tickets! Don’t miss out, grab your friends, grab your wallet and grab your ticket for End of The Road 2016!

It’s going to be a magical weekend, and not just because of the exceptional headliners – including The Shins‘ first show in four years, the only chance to see the dazzlingly talented Joanna Newsom in the UK this year, the Technicolor genre-hopping Animal Collective and the otherworldly Bat for Lashes – as everyone who has been to End of The Road knows, it’s all about the new discoveries and secret performances. Who will be popping up at the Piano Stage or singing on the Disco Ship? Anything could happen… Including one more headliner still to be announced for the Big Top on Saturday night, who will be revealed on site!

This year for the first time, we welcome cult national treasure Adam Buxton to the festival, who will be recording his much loved ‘ramble chats’ podcast with very special guests to be announced on Saturday. Other one off events include the first in a series of very special pre-release album listening parties for Wilco’s tenth studio album Schmilco, on Saturday morning at the Tipi Stage. The new record will be played on vinyl in full from 11am, before anyone else gets to hear it.

As if that wasn’t enough, we are delighted with our Comedy Stage line up, lead by Bridget Christie following her five star show at Edinburgh, the inimitable Stewart Lee, alternative comedy hero Josie Long, acclaimed newcomer Lolly Adefope and Radio 4 regular Andy Zaltzman performing his Political Animal show. Other highlights include the legendary comedian and Comedy Club host Arthur Smith, along with comedy writer turned celebrity Masterchef Hardeep Singh Kohli, hugely respected and wildly popular Adam Bloom and Benedict Cumberbatch’s pal John Finnemore making his debut at the festival.

There’s something to please all tastes in the Cinema schedule this year, whether your after an acclaimed documentary such as the visually stunning Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures or one of the year’s best independent films Everybody Wants Some!!!, Richard Linklater’s semi-sequel to his 1970s high-school comedy Dazed and Confused. Alternatively if you want to catch up some of 2016’s box office hits, there’s The Jungle Book and Nice Guys, as well as some old hit classics such as E.T., Kes and Being John Malkovich among many others. We also have a very special screenings of the music documentaries The Sad And Beautiful World of Sparklehorse and Invisible Britain: Sleaford Mods, both preceded by Q&As with their directors Bobby Dass and Paul Sng respectively.

Along with our usual stellar selection of Workshops and activities taking place in the Wonder Lands and the ever impressive line up of Food & Drinks on offer, including Beavertown taking over the Courtyard Bar this year, End of The Road is set to be one of the best weekends of 2016. Come join us for the party of the year!

Real Ale Festival Brewery Details

(6 years ago)

We are very lucky to have some of the country’s best real ale breweries located right on our doorstep, so for the third year we are running our Real Ale Festival within The Bear Tavern (and across the site). By sourcing our real ale direct from local breweries we get to reduce road miles and support local businesses while serving you some excellent beer.

And when we say Real Ale, this is exactly what we mean… Real Ale. Beer that has been brewed by true craft producers, using the best quality ingredients and which has a second fermentation in the barrel allowing us to serve direct from the barrel without the need for extra gas – just the way Real Ale should be, to boost all those amazing flavours.

The Bear Tavern will also be home to some free ale tasting at midday each day as well as the opportunity to meet some of the brewers in person and ask some brewing questions (ideal for all you home brewers out there). Check the daily boards for which beers are ready to be served and who is speaking on the day.

Below is just a quick run down on who we’ll have on site. Be sure to check our programme for more tasting notes and details.

Trail blazing pioneers of the craft beer movement Beavertown are turning our Courtyard Bar into The Beaver Bar for 2016! From their new on site HQ they’ll be serving up trademark brews like their fruit-tinged APA, Gamma Ray, ‘easy drinking’ session IPA, Neck Oil, and their dark smoked porter, Smog Rocket, in addition to the likes of Quelle, 8 Ball, Holy Cowbell and Black Betty!

Milk Street Brewery return with another take on an ‘End Of The Road inspired’ Ale. Our namesake brew won’t begin fermentation until next (month/week), so tasting notes are strictly under wraps, but if it’s anything like previous batches we’re in for another delight! Other Milk Street favourites including Funky Monkey and Zigzag Stout will also be available and all beers have vegan options.

Our Dorset countryfolk Sunny Republic Brewery bring their delightful Beach Blonde, a lightly malty Pacific Pale Ale headed with a unique blend of Pacific hops that lend a sun-soaked, tropical aroma. They’ll also have full-bodied Huna Red Hibiscus Ale and their zingy Hop Dog, a zesty IPA with a recurrently bitter finish.

Handley brewers, Six Penny Brewery, will be on hand with their flagship session ale, 6D Best. A trustworthy, true festival companion brew if ever there was one.

Hopback Brewery join us from Wiltshire, armed with batches of their Summer Lightning (allegedly one of the most decorated and award-winning beers in Britain!), Golden Best and vegan-friendly Entire Stout!

Hailing from Salisbury, Wiltshire, Downton Brewery‘s Honey Blonde is a unctuous delight led by spicy and floral hops paired with a rich sweetness of maize and honey. They’ll also have their premium red bitter Route 66, and the complex dark brown ale, Dark Delight.

Gyle 59 bring a taste of their vegan friendly ales to be enjoyed by all! Be sure to sample their Happy Daze wheat beer, lit up by banana and coriander, as well as their Freedom Hiker and IPA.

Also representing Wiltshire, Stonehenge Brewery with an array of bitters that showcase the precision and variety of master brewers; look out for amber Heel Stone and golden premium bitters Eye Opener and Five Rings.

Staying true to their roots, Ringwood are still proudly brewing and plying their maiden beverage, Best, as well as Forty Niner, which they’ve been brewing since 1978! Better still, they’ll be bringing both to Larmer Tree for you to enjoy!

From Hampshire, Long Dog Brewery bring their ideal thirst quencher Golden Poacher, as well as true-to-tradition English best bitter, Brindle, and their golden ale, Kismet.

Hailing from The New Forest, Vibrant Forest Brewery are in attendance with Nova Foresta, a refreshing amber bitter and Flying Saucer, a zesty golden beer with a palate-tingling bitter finish.

The Brew Shack bring a range of their vegan-friendly, small batch brews to End Of The Road, including Amber Gambler, Pale Ale and 8 Grain Porter.

Wimborne’s Eight Arch Brewing Co. will join us with a range of beers that includes their CAMRA Dorchester 2016 ‘Beer of the Festival’, Parabolic!

Hampshire’s Flower Pots Brewery are aboard and they’re bringing their acclaimed Hampshire Beer Of The Year (2015) Perridge Pale, Flowerpots Bitter and Hampshire Beer Of The Year 2013 AND 2014, Goodens Gold!

Just over 7 weeks to go, End of The Road reveals 2016 Film Programme

(6 years ago)

On top of our exceptional Music, Comedy and Literary bills, we’ve also been busy putting together our Cinema schedule, featuring our usual array of old classics mixed with some of this year’s standouts.

There’s something to please all tastes this year, whether your after an acclaimed documentary such as the visually stunning Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures or one of the year’s best independent films Everybody Wants Some!!, Richard Linklater’s semi-sequel to his 1970s high-school comedy Dazed and Confused. Alternatively if you want to catch up some of 2016’s box office hits, there’s The Jungle Book and Nice Guys, as well as some old hit classics such as E.T., Kes and Being John Malkovich among many others.

We also have a very special screenings of the music documentaries The Sad And Beautiful World of Sparklehorse and Invisible Britain: Sleaford Mods, both preceded by Q&As with their directors Bobby Dass and Paul Sng respectively. Also in this category is Greg Butler’s documentary The Ambiguity Of Thomas Broughton, which follows Broughton from his hometown in West Yorkshire to a climatic set at End Of The Road where he serenades a half eaten sausage. Ideal viewing at this year’s festival!

And finally, in honour of David Bowie and Prince who we sadly lost this year, we will be screening Purple Rain and Labyrinth on Thursday night.

Cinema at End Of The Road 2016:

Purple Rain
This Is Spinal Tap
The Ambiguity of David Thomas Broughton

LA Confidential
Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach
The Sad & Beautiful World of Sparkle Horse (with Director Q&A)
Future Shorts Programme
The Jungle Book (2016)

The Thing (1982)
Nice Guys
Being John Malkovich
Embrace of The Serpent
Invisible Britain: Sleaford Mods (with Director Q&A)
Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures
When Marnie Was There

The Neon Demon
Green Room
Everybody Wants Some!!
Little Men
Sing Street
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Iron Giant

Tickets for this year’s festival won’t be available for long, so if you haven’t grabbed yours yet, get one HERE and don’t miss out. End Of The Road is your only chance to see the dazzlingly talented Joanna Newsom in the UK this year, as well as The Shins‘ first show in four years, the Technicolor genre-hopping Animal Collective and the otherworldly Bat for Lashes’ first festival headline slot since the release of her acclaimed new album The Bride.

End Of The Road Workshops & Activities Announced and just Eight Weeks To Go!

(6 years ago)

With just eight weeks to go until End Of The Road Festival opens its gates, we are delighted to share details of our very popular workshops and activities taking place in the Wonder Lands.

If you fancy exercising your creativity, you can have a stab at everything from Clay Creations and Origami, to Screen Printing and even comic books with the Crazy Comic Club, run by the satirical cartoonist James Parsons. There’s plenty for the crafty types as well with some Willow and Wire weaving, as well as the chance to make yourself some jewellery in the Enamelling workshop.

For the extroverts among you, we have a wealth of performing arts workshops including Singing Loudly For All To Hear, who will be putting together an End of The Road choir. Or tread the boards with The One Line Theatre company who will be creating an original and usually hilarious piece of theatre using spontaneous and sporadic sentences plucked from the brains of the unsuspecting public. Or discover spontaneous comic within with the Improvisational Comedy workshop, who use games and activities designed to ‘liberate you from thinking, planning or judging’.

The kids will be kept entertained (and some adults, no doubt!) with the usual variety of story telling from old favourites to new classics, along with Painting For Kids, the El Baldiniho Magic Show and for the more inquisitive, the Mini Professors workshop will allow children can explore the exciting scientific world of water pressure, bubbles, fossils and much more.

If it’s inner peace you’re craving after all that excitement, there will be Yoga, Meditation and Qigong workshops, or if it’s soul food you’re after you can make your own pitta bread with Pizza Tabun.

You can also create your own dinosaur costume with Hunga Bunga’s DIY Dinosaurs, ideal for this year’s Videopia of Jurassic Park which will be recreated and filmed on site. Watch last year’s exceptional effort recreating the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy HERE

Workshops at End Of The Road 2016:

Arts & Crafts

Hungamunga’s DIY Dinosaurs
Crazy Comic Club with James Parsons
Clay Creations
Willow Weaving
Wire Weaving
Rag Rug Brooches
Painting for Kids
Wet Felting
Screen Printing
Spare Room Arts
Cygnet School Of Art
Crazy Comic Club

Music, Performing Arts & Stories

School Of Noise
Flash Fiction with Claire Fuller
The Accidental Songwriter’s Guild
Improvisational Comedy
Where The Wild Things Are
Shh We Have a Plan!
Wendy the Wide Mouthed Frog!
The One Line Theatre Company
The Great Big Crash Bang Production
Folk Tales
Mini Professors
Singing Loudly For All To Hear
Magic Workshops
El Baldiniho Magic Show
In The Bellows

Exercise & Mindfulness

Magpie Qigong
Circus Skills
Yoga For Adults
Hula Hoop
Yoga for Families


Pizza Tabun