End Of The Road Festival

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Friday 2 September 2011 Sunday 4 September 2011

Larmer Tree Gardens

Tollard Royal
Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 5PT
United Kingdom
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Web: larmertreegardens.co.uk/

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“Spark and colour were everywhere. The little touches made this tiny festival glorious.”
The Guardian

Like a lot of festival goers we had always joked around saying “wouldn’t it be nice to put on our own ‘perfect’ festival with our favourite line up”. It was only after having been to a small and intimate festival in 2005 that Simon thought to himself that we can actually make this happen and put on our own quality festival. Simon teamed up with his friend Sofia, and the kind of festival they set out to create was one where:

You won’t get all the over hyped bands headlining
Most bands play longer sets than usual
You can eat a range of quality food
You can drink a range of quality beers
The staff and security care about everyone and show respect
The crowd will be there for the MUSIC
We take pride in being an independent festival.

The idea with the End of the Road Festival was to organise an intimate festival with our favourite artists and to create a festival with a friendly and relaxed feel.

The Larmer Tree Gardens (North Dorset/Wiltshire borders, UK) is the perfect venue to create this kind of atmosphere - where music-loving, open minded and chilled out people get together in the beautiful countryside whilst parrots and peacocks wander around!

This is the kind of festival where the ENTIRE line-up is the headliner in itself!

End of the Road festival takes a lot of pride in all the ‘little things’ that make a great festival, such as good food (organic and local where possible), good beer, caring and well-mannered staff, good site decorations, hygiene etc.

We encourage band participation in all areas of the festival, and some acts will be invited to dj, present workshops and many other things besides. The festival has the kind of atmosphere which encourages collaboration and ‘special’ events - in previous years we’ve seen acts such as I’m from Barcelona, Ed Harcourt, Josh Ritter, Herman Dune, Frida Hyvonen and Darrren Hayman all playing surprise sets in and around the festival site, as well as a few unexpected collaborations (thank you Ryan Adams who picked up the drum sticks for Jolie Holland’s set, and the Brakes/Seapower/Soft Parade boys).

As one of the festival organisers is Swedish, there will also be a slight Scandinavian touch to the festival with the old Viking game Kubb that all festival goers are welcome to try out, as well as a Scandinavian showcase of up and coming Nordic talent.
The EOTR Team

Simon - Director and Curator
Sofia - Director and Band Bookings
Philip - Director and Finances
Chris - Production Manager
Molly - Festival Assistant
Sophie - Part-time Ticketing Assistant
Alex - Online
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  • nyip

    We had a great time. Lanterns on the Lake were fab. So too allo' darlin. But why do people just stand in front of you and shout at each other throughout the sets? Show some respect!

    13 Sep 2011 Reply
  • mopheadmk3

    cheers for the support for my band, The Mountaineering Club! Great festival and would love to come back next year!

    12 Sep 2011 Reply
  • LakeAndTheRiver

    How oh how did i miss this wonderful hipster convention... Going next year for sure!

    6 Sep 2011 Reply
  • rockyrelay

    So so good.

    6 Sep 2011 Reply
  • slowbear

    No Jerk Chicken .'. Racist festival. They even bullied some poor Tibetans into serving stew.

    6 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Larkin02

    Amazing festival. Saw some great acts (Mogwai, Tinariwen, Midlake, JY) and discovered plenty of new stuff. That Phosphorescent song with the loop pedal was mind-blowing.

    6 Sep 2011 Reply
  • gwelb

    Best sets for me were the bands who seemed (rather than said) to be most enjoying being there: Allo Darlin', Diagrams and The Leisure Society spring to mind. Seeing Beirut also a high point. James Yorkston covering Donna Summer in a Tipi guest slot on Saturday was hilarious. Pity about the back pain that meant most standing gigs were agony though :(

    6 Sep 2011 Reply
  • EstherElizabeth

    Totally amazing.

    6 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Bartolone

    ‎3rd year in a row at the festival, 1st year stewarding, everything was so wonderful. Stewarding was ace, thanks to the people I worked with and to the festival attendees I met at the carpark; if you are on last.fm, add me as a friend, I wanna keep in touch! About music, this year was by far the best one. Okkervil River, Leisure Society, Lykke Li, Gruff Rhys, Other Lives, Austra, Lanterns On The Lake, Treefight For Sunlight, Woods, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, M Ward, Daniel Martin Moore, all of these were stunning!

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • yeah5

    Incredible weekend, Joanna Newson and Okkervil River the highlights for me without a doubt, both were incredible. Wild Beasts and Tune-Yards were also both insanely good. Was gutted to come home in the end, what a magical and astonishing festival

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • violent_purple

    This was so perfect I cannot imagine going to to another festival ever again. Convert.

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • turnaroundfool

    Imagine if you didn't go to this

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • mat35

    Beirut, Newsom and Allo Darlin' were delightful, as they always are. Lykke Li, Laura Marling, Emmy the Great and Bhati Wraps were amongst the other highlights for me.

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • beatsdontstop

    Joanna Newson topped it 4 me, John Grant played a stunning set and was a very close 2nd. Many other highlights, Twin Shadow, Austra, Midlake, Beirut, Mogwai, Lykke Li.... Great meeting John Grant and Midlake.

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • mat35

    Quefest 2011

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • pd_watkins2000

    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Gruff Rhys, The Black Angels and White Denim all slammed it. Austra, Treefight For Sunlight and Tinariwen were entertaining. The Fall played OK as a band but Mark E Smith was drunk, unintelligible and totally off-key, I couldn't listen to it.

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • theouter_banks

    Couldn't believe my luck when I stumbled across Three Trapped Tigers playing in the Tipi tent on Saturday morning either!

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • theouter_banks

    Loved it!

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • muttleylover

    I have only one thing to say to anyone that went and was in the woods dancing.....Horse on a stick. Yeeeee -haah!

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • nigeyb

    Personal highlights - The Fall, Mogwai, and Diagrams. See you in 2012.

    4 Sep 2011 Reply
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