End Of The Road Festival


Written by James Ratcliffe
11 Friday 11th July 2014

The Flaming Lips, Gene Clark No Other Band, Wild Beasts, St Vincent, John Grant, The Horrors, Yo La Tengo, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, White Denim, Tinawiren, Gruff Rhys, Tune-Yards, Temples, Jenny Lewis…. plus many, many, more bands across 4 stages. Full Music Line-up.

End Of The Road is an independent, non-corporate, music festival which is a key date in the diary for lovers of good music. Set in a beautifully designed landscape with follies, woodland gardens and roaming peacocks. End Of The Road is a friendly and welcoming festival, famous for it's in depth line-up and great bands, with almost 100 acts completing the billing - many people come to discover new music, expect some interesting surprise performances.

This year’s headliners The Flaming Lips are famous for giving one of the most spectacular live shows in the business, a perfect way to end Saturday evening. We are also very lucky enough to have their debut UK performance of their prog/kraut side project: Electric Würms.  We are hosting the only ever UK performance by the Gene Clark No Other Band, made up of members of Beach House, Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear, who will perform ’No Other' the cult 1974 album by Byrd’s lead songwriter Gene Clark in its entirety. They performed a few shows in the US to great acclaim, and have said that their show for us will be their last ever. Wild Beasts new album ‘Present Tense’ has been ecstatically reviewed and we can’t wait to see it live!

Other highlights include John Grant and St Vincent, two artists at the peak of their powers, each of whose Glastonbury performances were agreed to be among the festival’s highlights and each of whose only other UK festival performance will be at End Of The Road. Yo La Tengo will be performing two sets for us, including their famously fun ‘Freewheeling Set’ at our Comedy Stage. White Denim are one of the most exciting and intelligent US rock bands at the moment and their only UK festival performance is at End Of The Road. Tune-Yards combination of percussion and harmony is utterly unique and engaging, their recent live reviews have been ecstatic. 

It isn’t all about music. The food over the weekend is carefully selected, varied and delicious without being too expensive, we have a real ale festival featuring local ales from Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire. The famous Somerset Cider Bus will also be making its customary appearance.

The Comedy stage is in the woods boast a line-up of Knightmare Live (Festival Expansion Pack), Jessica Delfino, Mark Watson, Celia Pacquola and many others.

Our Film Tent is being taken over for the weekend by Rook Films, makers of Sightseers and A Field In England. Directors Ben Wheatley, Peter Strickland and producer Peter Starke, will be selecting the movies over the course of the weekend as well as giving us a live Q&A session. 

Our literature programme, in the Woodland Library, includes Slits member Viv Albertine, whose autobiography ‘Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.' has been one of the most widely praised biographies of the last few years. Will Hodgkinson, Mark Ellen and The Guardian's Laura Barton are also among the mostly music focussed literary line-up.

There are a number of Boutique Camping options, if you want to spoil yourselves. 

Final Tier tickets now on sale:

Tiers 1-5: SOLD OUT
Tier 6 tickets: £180
London 2/12 hours / Bristol 90 mins / Bournemouth 45 mins


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