For those looking for something rather more off from-the-beaten-track, this year’s End of the Road Festival may be exactly to your liking.
Based in north Dorset in the scenic country-side county of Wiltshire and takes place during the weekend of August 29th-31st, the End of the Road festival caters to those who desire a more alternative side of music. The festival specializes in alternative music ranging from folk to indie rock; with a nice mixture of both big and small name artists. In the past, the festival has played host to a variety of great acts such as Palma Violets, Deap Valley, Sigur Ros, Frightened Rabbit and Savages but to name a few.
This year the line-up looks equally as enticing. With Veterans of the strangely psychedelic Flaming Lips headlining, with well-established Indie-rock band Wild Beasts bringing up the rear. Also joining is the mistress of the wonderfully weird herself, Anna Clarke (otherwise known as St Vincent), who has already had an amazing start to 2014 with her incredible new self-titled album. Other highlights look to be The Horrors, with their new album Luminous due to make an appearance, Texan rock ‘n’ rollers White Denim, Brighton anthem gods British Sea Power, newcomers tune-yards and many many more.
One particularly fascinating act however, is the indie fan-girl mash-up of a life-time, The Gene Clark No Other Band: which consists of Beach House’s Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, Fleet Foxes very own Robin Pecknold, Daniel Rossen from Grizzly Bear and ex-Fairport Convention man Iain Matthews. These artists have formed with the specific intent to perform the some-what lost and forgotten 1974 record No Other by former founding member of influential guitar band Byrds.
As well as the music, End of the Road Festival boasts a collection of comedy performances; including the revival of the cult-classic fantasy games-show Knightmare in Knightmare: Live, an act that I’m far too excited about, and controversial New York singer/songwriter comedian Jessica Delfino.
With all the End of the Road festival promising so much, it’s worth going a tad out of your way to experience its many delights.