Since it’s humble beginnings in 2006, End of the Road festival has always stayed true to its original vision of putting the festival-goer first. Put simply, it’s a festival with a focus on indie, folk and americana but delve a little deeper and you can often find a surprise or two.
Past headliners have included The Flaming Lips, Patti Smith, Grandaddy, Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent, Joanna Newsom, Bat for Lashes and Animal Collective. Whilst the music is undoubtedly hand-picked, it’s much more than your regular music festival. With workshops, comedy, talks, live podcasts and quizzes, there is always something fun to do at whichever level of hangover you find yourself in.
End of the Road think about everything – whether you’d like to take a stroll amongst a forest dripping in fairy lights for a moment away from the crowds; sit and listen to a reading from one of the year’s best novelists; carve out your own wooden spoon; watch one of the year’s best music documentaries; write a fan-letter to one of the performers; catch a secret session deep in the woods or dance your ass off at the late-night disco. There is something for everyone and unlike a lot of others, you won’t find yourself queuing for hours – it’s a festival that ensures that there’s plenty of room for everyone.
The best thing about it though, is the attention to detail. Stages aren’t miles apart; instead you’ll find yourself able to catch an entire set before walking a few minutes to catch the second half of another. Food and drink is far from extortionate and there’s plenty of choice for the veggies and vegans (shout out to the vegan sushi rolls!).
Stage times are put upon a giant notice board so there’s no need to buy a programme (if you don’t want to!) and most importantly, the toilets are kept clean. All day. There’s also a Rough Trade shop were artists regularly attend secret signings and an End of the Road merch shop, so you can really show off your love of the festival.
This year, the festival welcomes headliners Father John Misty, Mac Demarco and Bill Callahan. Band of Horses, The Jesus & Mary Chain and Lucinda Williams will also be playing, alongside critically-acclaimed acts Car Seat Headrest, Perfume Genius, Waxahatchee, The Lemon Twigs, Japanese Breakfast, Julie Byrne and loads, loads more.
As you can see, End of the Road aren’t just a festival with big name headliners – they keep the quality all the way down to the first day’s openers. You can see the full line-up here and grab a last minute ticket here – but be quick – it’s set to sell-out very soon!
In the meantime, check out their highlights reel from 2016 below.