Wednesday 20 November 2019

End of the Road brings down curtain on summer festivals

A sell-out crowd enjoyed a varied musical line-up taking in everything from ambient to Americana.

A guitar being played
A guitar being played

By By Alex Cornelius, Press Association

Music-lovers looking to see out the summer season in style have gathered in their thousands for this year’s End Of The Road festival.

A sell-out crowd of more than 10,500 set up camp in rolling countryside to enjoy a varied musical line-up taking in everything from ambient to Americana.

Organisers of the event, now in its 12th year, secured some new exclusives for festival-goers, including a temporary BBC Radio takeover and giant inflatable planetarium.

Father John Misty headlines on the main stage on Saturday night, with support from Band of Horses and Always.

This year’s line-up saw Canadian singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco and veteran Scottish rock outfit The Jesus And Mary Chain topping and tailing the schedule, headlining Friday and Sunday night respectively.

BBC Radio 3’s flagship experimental music programme Late Junction staged a one-night takeover curating Friday’s performances on one of the festival’s four stages.

As well as hosting a comedy stage, a library stage, a cinema and art exhibition, the festival’s highlights are its now near trademark secret shows – previous artists including Jarvis Cocker and Patti Smith – as well as surprise performances and one-off collaborations.

Asked about the festival’s enduring appeal, Simon Taffe, co-founder and director, said: “I think it’s the attention to detail, the intimate touch and giving people more than they expect, trying to surprise people.”

The four-day gathering – which won NME best small festival award this year and last, and has been voted best festival by BBC 6 Music listeners three years running – is held at the Larmer Tree pleasure gardens, near Blandford Forum, on the Dorset/Wiltshire border.

The independently-run festival, which enjoyed plenty of warm summer sunshine, concludes on Sunday, with heavy rain forecast.

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