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2017 Comedy & Literature Line Ups Revealed!

(7 years ago)

We are very excited to reveal this year’s Comedy Stage, boasting a strong and diverse line-up with our usual blend of stand up, sketch, character, musical comedy and political satire. First up, a duo that need no introduction following their award winning Channel 4 sketch show, we are thrilled to have Cardinal Burns performing at this year’s festival. Fresh from their wildly popular and anarchic monthly residency at the Moth Club in Hackney Cardinal Burns Presents…, which has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting nights of comedy around and has seen the likes of Steve Coogan regularly in attendance, be prepared for a show where absolutely anything goes.

We are delighted to welcome back The Adam Buxton Podcast for a second year, featuring Adam’s renowned ramble chats with very special guests to be announced, live from the Comedy Stage. You can listen to last year’s interview with Bridget Christie recorded on the Piano Stage now and Adam has since interviewed the likes of Brian Eno and Zadie Smith, as well as a number of Hollywood actors and high profile comedians. Radio 4 and Have I Got News For You regular Nish Kumar will perform for this the first time at End of The Road, having had a phenomenal rise since hitting the Fringe as a solo act in 2013. Consistently lauded for his satirical, and politically topical stand-up, Kumar’s hour Long Word… Long Word, … Blah Blah Blah… I’m so clever was nominated for an Edinburgh Comedy award in 2015.

Ever wondered what post-punk cabaret might look like? Well wonder no more as Die Roten Punkte, whose unique brand of musical comedy has been compared to the White Stripes and Kraftwerk, hit the Comedy Stage this year. Expect some catchy song pastiches that embody all that’s right (and maybe wrong) with Europop, with some uproarious jokes and outlandish physical comedy in between.

As if that wasn’t enough, we are also thrilled to announce this year’s Literature line-up, showcasing some of the most acclaimed, fascinating and moving writers around. As usual, during the morning of each day of the festival, we will be welcoming a selection of authors to read from and discuss their work at The Library Stage. We have curated a diverse line-up this year that ranges from Throbbing Gristle founding member Cosey Fanni Tutti discussing her autobiography Art Sex Music, to Mike Heron from The Incredible String Band (who have influenced the likes of Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and David Bowie) reading from his recent memoir You Know What You Could Be: Tuning into the 1960s.

We also welcome revered new author Amy Liptrot, whose stunning debut book Outrun was a Sunday Times bestseller, Radio 4 Book of the Week and won the Wainwright Book Prize for nature and travel writing. Last but certainly not least, we have visual artist and surreal comedy writer Miriam Elia, whose hilarious satire on the modern art world in the form of a Ladybird book We Go To The Gallery has become a global phenomenon, selling thousands of copies worldwide.

Comedy Stage 2017 Line Up:

Cardinal Burns
The Adam Buxton Podcast
Nish Kumar
Die Roten Punkte
Robin Ince
Doc Brown
David Trent
Desiree Burch
Joe Lycett
Jenny Collier
John Hastings
Amy Annette’s What Women Want Podcast
Escape Mobile
Laura Davis
Mark Simmons
Bec Hill
Jon Pointing
Sarah Bennetto
Pierre Novellie
Chris Betts

Library Stage 2017 Line Up:

Cosey Fanni Tutti
Robin Ince
Mike Heron
Miriam Elia
Amy Liptrot
Will Ashon
David Keenan
Pete Brown
Joe Boyd

Tier 4 tickets are now on sale at £189. There are no booking or transaction fees. A deposit scheme allows people to pay £45 now and the balance by 15th June:  http://www.endoftheroadfestival.com/tickets

Bill Callahan Revealed As Third Headliner And More

(7 years ago)

Bill Callahan has been revealed as the third headliner for End of The Road 2017. The seminal and singular songwriter will play his only UK festival this year and his first ever performance at End of The Road. The man formerly known as Smog, whose recent exceptional album Dream River was one of 2013’s finest, is one of America’s defining voices. We expect to be quietly devastated by his laconic and powerful songs when we hear them live in the magical setting of Larmer Tree Gardens this September.

We are also thrilled to announce shoegaze legends Slowdive –  whose first album in 22 years is due out in May – will be joining us to headline the Big Top on Thursday night. They will be joined on Thursday by The Moonlandingz – a fictional band with a story as entertaining as their music, who have now become a reality thanks to two members of Fat White Family.  They describe themselves a “cosmic synth krautabilly group doing fuzzy Joe Meek-style pop” – but playing live they become even more rock’n’roll with singer Lias Saoudi, aka Johnny Rocket, a fantastically acerbic front man perpetually on the verge of either collapse or combustion.

We like to keep things in the family at End of The Road, so this year we not only have the critically lauded Waxahatchee, AKA Katie Crutchfield, unofficial leader of the DIY indie punk scene and purveyor of voice-of-a-generation songwriting, we also welcome her supremely talented sister Allison Crutchfield. Both are renowned for their captivating live shows so we’re very excited to have them both at this year’s festival for the first time, and fingers crossed for a live PS Eliot reunion… We can dream!

Also joining us for the first time we have the sublime Moses Sumney. We’ve been a long time fan since his star turn on Beck’s Song Reader – his version of ‘Title Of This Song’ was a standout among many established artists who contributed, his voice being one of those remarkable instruments; rich gorgeous and effortless.

Psychedelic explorers Pond will be making a very welcome return to Larmer Tree Gardens, following their standout set in 2015. With their highly anticipated new album The Weather due in May, we can’t wait to see what they have in store this time around. Hopping across the ocean to neighbouring New Zealand, we have the  bewitching talent of 4AD signed Aldous Harding, her bleak and beautiful eponymous debut album balancing fragility with raw charm.

Adding to the already packed list of exciting newcomers, we are thrilled to have the excellently named PWR BTTM dropping in on an unsuspecting Larmer Tree audience – turning gender politics into loud, infectiously positive, glorious rock music centred around what it means to be young and queer and confused. Melbourne’s Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are poised to take over the airwaves with their charging drums, addictive bass lines and ridiculously catchy melodies. The fact their debut EP came out on Sub Pop says it all! We’re definitely set for a thrilling show. And a thrilling weekend all round!

Line Up additions:

Bill Callahan
Baxter Dury
The Moonlandingz
Moses Sumney
Timber Timbre
Alex Cameron
Daniel Romano
Blanck Mass
Allison Crutchfield and The Fizz
Aldous Harding
Mdou Moctar
Jonathan Toubin (DJ)
The Surfing Magazines
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
H. Hawkline
Tides Of Man

Full Line Up for 2017:

Father John Misty / Mac DeMarco / Bill Callahan / Band Of Horses / Lucinda Williams / The Jesus and Mary Chain / Slowdive / Amadou & Mariam / Ty Segall / Real Estate / Parquet Courts / Perfume Genius / Japandroids / Pond / Alvvays / Foxygen / Car Seat Headrest / Jens Lekman / The Lemon Twigs / Baxter Dury / Deerhoof / Waxahatchee / Gold Panda / Nadine Shah / Bill Ryder-Jones / Ryley Walker / The Moonlandingz / Girl Band / Moses Sumney / Marika Hackman / Courtney Marie Andrews / Timber Timbre / Alex Cameron / Daniel Romano / All We Are / Julia Jacklin / Sinkane / Romare / Blanck Mass / Allison Crutchfield and The Fizz / Aldous Harding / Vaudou Game / Let’s Eat Grandma / Margaret Glaspy / Kelly Lee Owens / Mdou Moctar / PWR BTTM / Michael Chapman / Brix & The Extricated / John Smith / Japanese Breakfast / Julie Byrne  OMNI / IDER / Nap Eyes / Aaron Lee Tasjan / Amanda Bergman / Nadia Reid / Jonathan Toubin DJ / The Surfing Magazines / Tasseomancy / Pixx / Girl Ray / Ultimate Painting / Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever / John Moreland / Lowly /  Shovels & Rope / Gabriella Cohen / HMLTD / Gulp / Shame / Lisa O’Neill /H. Hawkline / Xylouris White / Goat Girl / Lankum / Scott Hirsch / W. H. Lung / The Honey Hahs / DUDS / J. Bernardt / Legends Of Country  Low Tide / Tides Of Man / Mega Bog / The Spook School / Creatures

Tier 4 tickets are now on sale at £189. There are no booking or transaction fees. A deposit scheme allows people to pay £45 now and the balance by 15 June: http://www.endoftheroadfestival.com/tickets

2017 Headliners Revealed!

(7 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

(7 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!

(7 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!

(7 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!

(7 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!

(8 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!

(8 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

(8 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!