After an absolute blinder of a lineup last year, End of the Road festival returns yet again for another phenomenal weekend of music, and we are very excited to say the least to be a part of the magic this year. Take a read of our extensive festival preview and give our playlist a spin, to get you right in the mood for the coming weekend…
If you are lucky enough to be arriving on the Thursday night, be sure to catch Spiritualized with their spacey, atmospheric vibes, as well as a quirky set from Du Blonde and eccentric duo Jockstrap; a strong start to the festival. Once you’ve had the chance to settle into your new home for the weekend, why not go for a little stroll through the woods and stumble across some of the loveliest art installations? Have a look out for the Piano Stage, many artists and bands have graced this charming little stage and performed some of the most intimate secret sets to a mere handful of people sat cross-legged on the warm grass. Definitely worth finding. Or if you fancied a quiet read, there’s the cozy little Woodland Library, with their “bring a book, take a book” policy.
Friday’s line-up is a strong one, and we’re excited to catch Stella Donnelly, Cass McCombs and Mitski at the Garden stage, and then debate whether to stay for raw post-punkers Parquet Courts or wander over to the Woods stage for the smooth dulcet tones of Michael Kiwanuka.
The food line-up is also incredible this year, with a selection of mouthwatering cuisines from different parts of the world. There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan choices, as well as stalls offering gluten-free options, so don’t worry, no one’s going hungry this weekend. If you’re a cider fan, you simply must sample some of the local cider from the Cider Bus, guaranteed to quench that craving for something refreshing and tangy. But fear not if cider isn’t your buzz, there are plenty of bars serving a variety of different beverages, including the Beaver Bar, selling hoppy, punchy Beavertown IPAs, and the End of the Road Gin Bar for all you gin lovers out there.
If your head’s feeling a bit fuzzy after the Friday night and you’re in dire need of some revitalisation, the Healing Gardens is safely tucked away from the music and the booze, where you can enjoy a variety of different treatments and therapies, ranging from a deep tissue massage to Reiki; holistic facials to guided meditations. It’s best to book in advance to avoid disappointment as they tend to get booked up quite quickly.
There are some unmissable acts to go and see on Saturday. The beautiful Jim Ghedi and his talented band will be gracing the Tipi Tent, then it’s definitely worth seeing Squid at the Big Top stage, a band that’s causing quite the buzz at the moment. Depending on what sort of mood you’re in, you can go and see Japanese psychedelic rockers Kikagaku Moyo, followed by slowcore band Low at the Garden stage, or you could go and see a strong female lineup at the Woods stage with playful girlband Goat Girl, followed by the brilliant Kate Tempest, and finishing the night off with a bang with Aussie headliner Courtney Barnett. If you don’t want the night to end there, go and have a boogie at the Disco Ship until the early hours, or partake in a bit of singing yourself at the karaoke.
If you fancied a break from music, the cinema is showing a variety of different films, Saturday’s film line-up is curated by Rook Films, and Sunday’s line-up is curated by the legendary Jarvis Cocker. There’s also the Talking Heads stage where you can find some of the funniest comedians, and some great music there too, as well as the Literature Stage where you can immerse yourself in some of the enchanting story-telling.
Then before you know it, Sunday’s arrived and it hits you that the weekend is almost over. Though to sweeten the deal, there are some brilliant acts to see. We’re looking forward to catching post-punk Dubliners Fontaines D.C, another band that’s currently on the radar. Cate Le Bon will no doubt be executing a sublime set, and of course Sunday headliners Metronomy to wind the festival to a dazzling close.
We hope you’re looking forward to this glorious weekend of great music, booze, food, and endless activities as much as we are; and to get you going, take a listen to our End Of The Road Festival playlist…