One of the shining jewels of the southwest corner of England is Larmer Tree Gardens in Dorset, a location like something from Alice and Wonderland only more picturesque. Every September it’s taken over by performance artists, comedians, and musicians for End of the Road Festival, one of the country’s most idyllic and magical events hosting a huge bill of creatives from across the globe.
Heading up the music line up this year are some very special names. American harpist and vocalist Joanna Newsom will be making an appearance, as well as psych-pop outfit Animal Collective. Both have released critically acclaimed new records in the past six months and catching two such eccentric shows within the same weekend is not an opportunity you get every day. London’s Bat For Lashes takes the third slot. With a fourth album The Bride set for release in July, and an impressive back catalogue to work with, she’s sure to be one of the must-catch acts of this summer.
End of the Road hosts tons of smaller acts who are just as notable as its headliners, often including the hottest underground talent from home soil and abroad. This year is no different. Thee Oh Sees, The Garden, Frankie Cosmos and Sunflower Bean will all be visiting from the USA to inject a dose of lo-fi fuzz into the British countryside. Toronto garage rockers Dilly Dally will be making an appearance too, as will Swedish acid rockers Goat and Aussie psych lords King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Expect the best kind of madness.
If that’s not your thing there’s also a great selection of rising British talent to be seen. Retro darling Oscar, The Big Moon, Shopping, Money and electro kid Shura are booked to perform, not to mention the riotous Savages and real life legend Thurston Moore who will take their rightful places further up the bill.
Other notable acts from the announcements so far include Cat Power, Teenage Fanclub, Local Natives, Phosphorescent, Field Music, Omar Souleyman, Bill Ryder-Jones, Weaves, Marc Riley and more.
Make sure to keep an eye out for more announcements, with music, literature, comedy, film and workshops all in the works to give you a festival experience like no other.
Words: Alex Cabré