End of the Road Festival

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End of the Road Festival
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Festival-goers in 2018
GenreIndie rock, folk, rock, world
DatesFour days, first weekend after the late summer bank holiday
Location(s)Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire
Years active2006–present
Websiteendoftheroadfestival.com Edit this at Wikidata
Laura Marling at End of the Road 2011

End of the Road Festival is an annual music festival in England which focuses on independent rock and folk music. It is hosted at the Larmer Tree Gardens, on the border of north Dorset and Wiltshire, and usually takes place over the last weekend of August or the first full weekend in September. The first festival took place in 2006, and after selling out for the first time in 2008, it has sold out in advance every year since.


The festival was started by two friends, Simon Taffe and Sofia Hagberg, who continue to run it.

The festival has four stages: the Woods Stage, the Garden Stage, the Big Top Stage and the Tipi Tent, as well as a clearing in the woods around the Garden Stage containing a piano at which semi-secret sets take place. There are also children's areas and workshops, a healing field, a film tent, comedy, a library in the forest and a games area (ping pong, table football etc.). Late night entertainment usually includes high-profile DJ sets, a silent disco, unpublicised pop-up performances and karaoke. Due to the nature of the gardens the festival is set in, it is not unusual to see peacocks wandering around the area and macaws in the trees.

The festival has a capacity of 15,000 (2014).[1] The site opens for camping on Thursday afternoon and the entertainment runs from Thursday evening to Sunday inclusive.

In 2011, the festival won an award for 'Best Small Festival' at the UK Festival Awards. In 2012 claims were made that the festival was secretly organised by Scientology.[2] A statement made by the festival denied these claims, while acknowledging that two members of management were Scientologists. In 2016, 2017 and 2019, the festival won an award for 'Best Small Festival' at the NME Awards.

The 2020 festival was cancelled[3] as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival returned in 2021 with some of the same artists including King Krule, Little Simz, The Comet Is Coming, Squid, Dry Cleaning and Richard Dawson.

End of the Road returns 1–4 September 2022 with line up including Pixies, Fleet Foxes, Bright Eyes, Khruangbin, The Magnetic Fields, Aldous Harding, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Perfume Genius, Kevin Morby, Tinariwen, black midi, Lucy Dacus, Greentea Peng, and many more.


2006 festival[edit]

The first festival took place on 15–17 September. It was headlined on the Friday by Josh Ritter, on Saturday by Badly Drawn Boy and on Sunday by Ryan Adams. Other artists included Absentee, The Boy Least Likely To, Brakes, British Sea Power, Chris T-T, Darren Hayman, Dawn Landes, Ed Harcourt, El Perro Del Mar, Electric Soft Parade, Emmy the Great, Fanfarlo, Frightened Rabbit, Gravenhurst, Guillemots, Holly Golightly, Howe Gelb, I'm from Barcelona, James Yorkston, Jeremy Warmsley, Jim Noir, Jolie Holland, Kathryn Williams, Metronomy, Micah P Hinson, Richard Hawley, Simple Kid, Suburban Kids with Biblical Names, Tilly and the Wall

2007 festival[edit]

The second event, held 14–16 September, was given a full-marks five-star review by The Independent newspaper.[4] It was headlined by Yo La Tengo, Super Furry Animals and Lambchop, and also featured Archie Bronson Outfit, Architecture in Helsinki, The Bees, Brakes, British Sea Power, The Broken Family Band, The Concretes, Danielson, Darren Hayman, Dawn Landes, Euros Childs, Frida Hyvönen, Herman Dune, Howe Gelb (who also curated the two main stages on the Friday, headlining the Big Top stage with a Giant Sand jam session), I'm from Barcelona, James Yorkston, Jeffrey Lewis, Jens Lekman, Joan As Police Woman, John Parish, Johnny Flynn, Josh T Pearson, King Creosote, Loney Dear, Malcolm Middleton, Midlake, Pete and the Pirates, Robyn Hitchcock (who was accompanied by John Paul Jones), Scout Niblett, Seasick Steve, Stephanie Dosen, The Twilight Sad, Willard Grant Conspiracy and Zombie-Zombie.

2008 festival[edit]

For the first sellout year, over 12–14 September, the headliners were Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band, Mercury Rev and Calexico. Also appearing were A Hawk And A Hacksaw, Akron/Family, American Music Club, Billy Childish and the Musicians of the British Empire, Bon Iver, Brakes, British Sea Power, Darren Hayman playing Hefner songs, Dirty Three, Jason Molina, Jeffrey Lewis, Kimya Dawson, Kurt Wagner, Laura Marling, Low, Micah P Hinson, The Mountain Goats, Noah & the Whale, Richard Hawley, Robyn Hitchcock, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Sons of Noel and Adrian, Sun Kil Moon, Tindersticks, Two Gallants, The Wave Pictures and Zombie-Zombie.

2009 festival[edit]

The 2009 festival took place on 11–13 September. Explosions in the Sky, Fleet Foxes and The Hold Steady were headliners. Also playing were The Acorn, Alela Diane, Beth Jeans Houghton, Blitzen Trapper, The Boy Least Likely To, The Broken Family Band, Charlie Parr, Darren Hayman, David Thomas Broughton, Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele, Dirty Projectors, The Dodos, Efterklang, Herman Dune, The Horrors, Josh T Pearson, The Leisure Society, The Low Anthem, Malcolm Middleton, Mumford & Sons, Neko Case, Okkervil River, Richmond Fontaine, Shearwater, Steve Earle, Vetiver and Wildbirds & Peacedrums.

2010 festival[edit]

Crowdsurfer, 2010

For its fifth year, the festival took place from 10 to 12 September. Headliners were Modest Mouse, Yo La Tengo and Wilco. Also playing were Deer Tick, Wolf Parade, The Low Anthem, The Felice Brothers, Woodpigeon, Phosphorescent, The Wilderness of Manitoba, The Unthanks, Iron & Wine, The Mountains and the Trees, Annie & The Beekeepers, Dylan LeBlanc, Joe Pug, CW Stoneking, Charlie Parr, Frank Fairfield, Daniel Lefkowitz, Monotonix, The Mountain Goats, The New Pornographers, Caribou, The Antlers, Citay, Freelance Whales, a Jarvis Cocker DJ Set and many, many more. Also present was comedian Russel Howard and music journalist Barney Hoskyns.

2011 festival[edit]

In 2011 the festival took place from 2 to 4 September. Headliners were Beirut, Joanna Newsom and Mogwai. Also playing were Midlake, Laura Marling, The Walkmen, Wild Beasts, The Fall, Lykke Li, Tinariwen, The Unthanks, M. Ward, Gruff Rhys, Okkervil River, Phosphorescent, John Grant, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Best Coast, White Denim, Tune-Yards, Willy Mason, The Black Angels, Wooden Shjips, Jolie Holland, Josh T Pearson, Kurt Vile, Micah P Hinson, James Yorkston, Gordon Gano & the Ryans, Caitlin Rose, The Leisure Society, Brakes, Zola Jesus, Austra, Beth Jeans Houghton, Timber Timbre, Allo Darlin, Bob Log III, The Unthanks, Woods, Midlake, Lanterns on the Lake, Sam Amidon and more. There was also comedy from Robin Ince, Jo Neary, and Simon Munnery and literature from Laura Barton, Rob Young, Clinton Heylin and others.

The festival won the award for "Best Small Festival" at the 2011 UK Festival Awards.[5]

2012 festival[edit]

In 2012 the festival took place from 31 August to 2 September. Headliners were Patti Smith, Grandaddy, Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Alabama Shakes. Also playing were Dirty Three, Midlake, The Low Anthem, Roy Harper, Mark Lanegan, Tindersticks, Jeffrey Lewis, Robyn Hitchcock, Graham Coxon, Villagers, Patrick Watson, Justin Townes Earle, First Aid Kit, Deer Tick, Anna Calvi, I Break Horses, Moulettes, Gravenhurst, The Futureheads, Mountain Man, Alt-J, Islet, Sleep Party People, Frank Fairfield, Woods, Patti Smith, Tindersticks, Lanterns on the Lake, Jonathan Wilson, Leif Vollebekk, Van Dyke Parks, Deer Tick, Francois & the Atlas Mountains, Dirty Beaches and more.

2013 festival[edit]

The 2013 festival took place from 30 August to 1 September. The line-up included Sigur Rós, Belle and Sebastian, David Byrne & St Vincent, Dinosaur Jr., Efterklang, Warpaint, Jens Lekman, Eels, Ralfe Band, Allo Darlin', Mark Mulcahy, Doug Paisley, Matthew E. White, Serafina Steer, Parquet Courts, Wolf Alice, Pokey Lafarge, Ethan Johns, Cass McCombs, Frontier Ruckus, Ed Harcourt, East India Youth, Dutch Uncles, RM Hubbert, Golden Fable, Trembling Bells & Mike Heron, Daughn Gibson, Frightened Rabbit, The Barr Brothers, The Walkmen, Charlie Boyer & the Voyeurs, Bo Ningen, Palma Violets, Public Service Broadcasting, Strand of Oaks, Marika Hackman, Landshapes, Evans the Death, Tigercats, Julianna Barwick, Caitlin Rose, William Tyler, Damien Jurado, Daughter, Deap Vally, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Diana Jones, Braids, King Khan and Doug Paisley.

2014 festival[edit]

The festival took place 28–30 August. The 2014 headliners were "The Gene Clark No Other Band"*, The Flaming Lips and Wild Beasts. Other notable acts included St. Vincent, The Horrors, Yo La Tengo, John Grant, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, White Denim, British Sea Power, Gruff Rhys, Tune-Yards, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Ezra Furman, Adult Jazz, The Wave Pictures, Cate Le Bon, Sweet Baboo, H. Hawkline, Lucius, Perfume Genius, Lau, Archie Bronson Outfit, The Felice Brothers, Marissa Nadler, Benjamin Booker, The Radiophonic Workshop, British Sea Power, Jenny Lewis, Stealing Sheep, Kiran Leonard, Tiny Ruins, Benjamin Clementine, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, Sam Lee, Temples, Laish, Pink Mountaintops, Ghost of a Sabre Toothed Tiger, Woods, and Tinariwen.

The Gene Clark No Other Band was a supergroup formed especially to perform Gene Clark's 1974 solo album No Other in full. Having toured the east coast of the US,[6] End of the Road was their sole UK performance.[7]

2015 festival[edit]

In 2015 the festival celebrated its 10th anniversary and it took place on 4–6 September. The line up included Tame Impala, Sufjan Stevens in his only 2015 European festival date and The War on Drugs, Mac Demarco, Future Islands, My Morning Jacket, Laura Marling, Django Django, Alvvays, Fat White Family, Slow Club, The Duke Spirit, The King Khan & BBQ Show, Torres, Oscar, Hinds, Low, Fuzz, Natalie Prass, Ought, Stealing Sheep, Giant Sand, Marika Hackman, Kevin Morby, East India Youth, Sleaford Mods, Girlpool, Du Blonde, Brakes, Wand, Jacco Gardner, Flo Morrissey, Metz, Pond, Kiran Leonard, Peter Matthew Bauer, H Hawkline, Ryley Walker, Fumaca Preta, Ultimate Painting, Jane Weaver, Andy Shauf, Saint Etienne, Giant Sand, Palma Violets, Meilyr Jones, Euros Childs, Ex Hex, Diagrams, Stephen Steinbrink and Crushed Beaks.

2016 festival[edit]

Following on from winning the 'Best Small Festival award at the 2016 NME Awards, the 2016 festival took place on 1–4 September, expanding to the Thursday night for the first time. The line up included The Shins, Joanna Newsom, Animal Collective, Bat For Lashes, Cat Power, Teenage Fanclub, Devendra Banhart, Local Natives, Goat, Savages, Thee Oh Sees, Broken Social Scene, Phosphorescent, Thurston Moore, Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop, M. Ward, Scritti Politti, Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts, Steve Mason, JD McPherson, Shura, Field Music, Omar Souleyman, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Bill Ryder-Jones, Kevin Morby, Eleanor Friedberger, Dr. Dog, Kelley Stoltz, U.S Girls, Money, Anna Meredith, Jenny Hval, Ezra Furman, Field Music, Sunflower Bean, Karl Blau, Tigercats, Lail Arad and J.F. Robitaille, Meilyr Jones, Hard Skin, Kevin Morby, B.C. Camplight, BEAK>, The Leaf Library, Flamingods and many more.

2017 festival[edit]

After again winning the 'Best Small Festival' award at the 2017 NME Awards, the 2017 festival took place from 31 August to 3 September. The line-up included Father John Misty performing his first UK headline festival set, along with the year's only UK festival shows from Mac DeMarco, Bill Callahan, Lucinda Williams, Amadou & Mariam, Ty Segall, Perfume Genius, Parquet Courts, Alvvays, Foxygen, Car Seat Headrest, Jens Lekman, Baxter Dury, Deerhoof and Waxahatchee. Acts returning to the festival from previous years included Japandroids, Pond, Nadine Shah, Bill Ryder-Jones, Jens Lekman, Ryley Walker, Ultimate Painting, Parquet Courts, DUDS, Gulp and Marika Hackman. Other notable acts, including The Jesus & Mary Chain, Slowdive, Real Estate, The Lemon Twigs, The Moonlandingz, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Moses Sumney, Deerhoof, Laraaji, Kelly Lee Owens, Brix & the Extricated, Waxahatchee, Xylouris White and Starcrawler performed at the festival for the first time.

2018 festival[edit]

The 2018 festival took place from 30 August to 2 September. The line-up was as follows:

Woods Stage[edit]

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Garden Stage[edit]

Friday Saturday Sunday

Big Top[edit]

Friday Saturday Sunday

The Tipi[edit]

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Unannounced late night sets were played by Amyl and the Sniffers and AK/DK with Snapped Ankles

2019 festival[edit]

The 2019 festival took place from 29 August to 1 September. The line-up was as follows:

Woods Stage[edit]

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Spiritualized Michael Kiwanuka Courtney Barnett Metronomy
Flamingods Baxter Dury Kate Tempest Deerhunter
Bodega Goat Girl Cate Le Bon
Steve Gunn Nubya Garcia Steam Down
Westerman Martha Pom Poko

Garden Stage[edit]

Friday Saturday Sunday
Parquet Courts Low Jarvis Cocker (Introducing JARV IS...)
Mitski Kikagaku Moyo BC Camplight
Cass McCombs Black Midi serpentwithfeet
Let's Eat Grandma Lonnie Holley Tunng
Jade Bird Tyler Childers Israel Nash
Stella Donnelly William Tyler Jessica Pratt
Ohtis Nérija Seazoo

Big Top[edit]

Friday Saturday Sunday
Joy Orbison Daniel Avery BEAK>
Kelly Lee Owens Sleaford Mods Fontaines D.C.
Wire Moses Boyd Exodus Ata Kak
Yves Tumor Kero Kero Bonito Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
Georgia Gazelle Twin Viagra Boys
SASAMI Bilge Pump Crack Cloud
Kelly Moran Squid Lewsberg
Once & Future Band TVAM Sweaty Palms

The Tipi[edit]

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Jockstrap Derya Yildirim & Grup Simsek N0V3L Mark Mulcahy
Du Blonde BodyVice Black Country, New Road The Murder Capital
Pottery Penya Porridge Radio Babe Rainbow
Peach Pyramid Mary Lattimore Sam Evian Group Listening
Virginia Wing Lisa O'Neill Sandro Perri
girl in red Nardeydey Sons Of Raphael
Kathryn Joseph Jim Ghedi Sing Leaf
E.B. The Younger Happyness
Harrison Whitford Molly Sarlé

Talking Heads Stage[edit]

Friday Saturday Sunday
Rozi Plain Oliver Coates Angelo de Augustine
Charlie Parr John Johanna Anna St. Louis
Helena Deland

2020 festival[edit]

The 2020 festival was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was due to be headlined by Pixies, Angel Olsen, King Krule and Big Thief, with other notable slots taken by Bright Eyes, Richard Hawley and Little Simz. Some of the acts featured on the proposed line-up would go on to play the 2021 edition of the festival, though this was hampered by notable COVID-19 travel restrictions.

2021 festival[edit]

The 2021 festival took place from 2 September to 5 September. The line-up was as follows:

Woods Stage[edit]

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Stereolab Hot Chip Sleaford Mods King Krule
Kikagaku Moyo Damon Albarn The Comet Is Coming Little Simz
Blood Wizard Teleman Field Music Black Country, New Road
Balimaya Project Hen Ogledd Girl Ray
Katy J Pearson Modern Nature Billy Nomates
Pozi Junior Brother

Garden Stage[edit]

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
John Grant Jonny Greenwood Richard Dawson
Arlo Parks Anna Meredith Arab Strap
BDRMM Squid Crack Cloud
CMAT Jane Weaver Shirley Collins
Modern Woman Anteloper Jim Ghedi
Aoife Nessa Frances H. Hawkline Charlie Cunningham
Jonny Dillon The Golden Dregs Anna B Savage

Big Top[edit]

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Warmduscher Auntie Flo Girl Band
Trash Kit Romare Dry Cleaning
Lorraine James Sipho Porridge Radio
Vanishing Twin Chubby and the Gang WH Lung
Just Mustard All We Are PVA
Lonelady Penelope Isles William Doyle
Goa Express Lee Patterson John
Gwenno & Angharad Davies The Umlauts Oldboy
Kiran Leonard

The Tipi[edit]

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
NiNE8 Sarathy Korwar Sorry Darren Hayman
Regressive Left Wu-Lu Jerkcub Big Joanie
Sam Akpro Soccer 96 Lice Yard Act
Fortitude Valley Keeley Forsyth Drug Store Romeos Red River Dialect
Wesley Gonzalez Lazarus Kane Fenne Lily
Babii Caroline Pan Amsterdam
Sleep Eaters Bingo Fury Dana Gavanski
ME REX Melin Melyn Tiberius B
Mermaid Chunky Eve Owen

Talking Heads Stage[edit]

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Josie Long Simon Amstell Studio Electrophonique
Willy Tea Taylor Elijah Wolf Michael Clark
Naima Bock Martha Rose Pat T Smith
John Francis Flynn James Leonard Hewitson
Arlo Parks Sleaford Mods
Shaparak Khorsandi Flo and Joan
Tom Ward Rob Auton
Joe Levene Crybabies
Ignacio Lopez Micky Overman

2022 festival[edit]

End of the Road returns to Larmer Tree Garden in 2022 and will take place from 1 - 4 September. The line-up includes Pixies, Fleet Foxes, Bright Eyes, Khruangbin, The Magnetic Fields, Aldous Harding, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Perfume Genius, Kevin Morby, Tinariwen, black midi, Lucy Dacus, Greentea Peng, and many more.


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  2. ^ NME. "2010 Scientology Links". NME. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  3. ^ "End Of The Road Festival 2020 cancelled over coronavirus outbreak". NME. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  4. ^ Hasted, Nick (18 November 2007). "End of the Road Festival, Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2009.
  5. ^ "…And the winners are…!" Archived 2012-03-05 at the Wayback Machine. Festival Awards. 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  6. ^ https://pitchfork.com/news/54949-beach-house-fleet-foxes-walkmen-grizzly-bear-members-perform-gene-clarks-no-other-on-pitchforktv/
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