END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL – Larmer Tree Gardens Dorset 31st-2nd September 2017

Posted: February 8, 2017 in FESTIVALS, MUSIC
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End of the Road

It seems like only yesterday that we were high-fiving each other after last year’s magical festival. The Independent declared that it came “close to stealing Glastonbury’s crown” and it was voted ‘Best Festival’ by BBC 6 Music Drivetime listeners for the third year running, plus we won ‘Best Line-Up’ at the UK Festival Awards . Now we’re back in business and pleased to announce two of 2017’s headliners, along with many more phenomenal bands and performers.


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Father John Misty will make his first ever UK festival headline appearance at End Of The Road. Since 2012, Joshua Tillman has emerged as a singular and idiosyncratic voice. With his polarising witty lyrics, his ‘intimately berserk’ live performances, and with a new album Pure Comedy due in April, we can’t wait to see what he has in store for the Woods Stage. Next up, Mac DeMarco returns with his delicately demented pop to play his only UK festival this year. Last seen presenting us with our tenth birthday cake on the Garden Stage before staging a full on cake fight, to say that we’re excited to have him all to ourselves is a massive understatement.

We’re honoured that multi-Grammy award winning Americana legend Lucinda Williams will be bringing her pioneering songwriting to Larmer Tree Gardens for the very first time. Following the universally acclaimed 2016 album The Ghosts Of Highway 20, End of The Road is the only festival where you will hear her spellbinding songs brought to life. Following Lucinda Williams’ lead will be rising country star Courtney Marie-Andrews and Julie Byrne’s startlingly beautiful voice will surely bring the festival to a standstill. Acclaimed newcomer Japanese Breakfast brings her blend of dark lyrics and blissed out pop melodies while Let’s Eat Grandma will keep things weird!

Ty Segall returns this year! Not one for half measures, his live show is an over-the-top howling assault on the senses that is as gloriously bewildering as it is exciting. Fellow punks Parquet Courts, who kindly provided the soundtrack to our excellent launch video, also make their second appearance at End Of The Road following their breathlessly exciting show in 2013.

We are proud to say the 2017 line up is also filled with thrilling new artists, including Car Seat Headrest whose recent album Teens of Denial is a heady mix of introversion and aggression, vulnerability and playfulness. Live he covers everyone from The Cars to Frank Ocean, as well as ripping through his own original material. California indie duo Foxygen will play for us at last. Their long awaited new album Hang features contributions from the Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd, Matthew E. White, The Lemon Twigs and more.

Speaking of The Lemon Twigs … the ultimate critics pets have gone from playing New York bars to receiving praise from as far and wide as the Zombies to Questlove. They’ve already played with Foxygen and Car Seat Headrest, so we’re happy to keep the gang together at End of The Road 2017.

We are extremely excited to reveal more of this year’s line up, including our third headliner… Mr Bill Callahan. We have long wanted the ex-Smog man to play among the magical surroundings of Larmer Tree Gardens, so we are utterly thrilled that the seminal and singular songwriter will be joining the already exceptional line up, including Father John Misty, Mac DeMarco and Lucinda Williams, for his only UK festival appearance this year.

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We are also thrilled to announce shoegaze legends Slowdive – whose first album in 22 years is due out in May – will be joining us to headline the Big Top on Thursday night. They will be joined on Thursday by The Moonlandingz, fronted by two of Fat White Family – with Lias Saoud, proving a fantastically acerbic front man, perpetually on the verge of either collapse or combustion. They have to be seen live to be believed.

We like to keep things in the family at End of The Road, so this year we not only have the critically lauded Waxahatchee – AKA Katie Crutchfield, unofficial leader of the DIY indie punk scene – we also welcome her supremely talented sister Allison Crutchfield. Both are renowned for their captivating live shows so we’re very excited to have them both play at this year’s festival for the first time.

Also joining us for the first time we have the sublime Moses Sumney. We’ve been a long time fan since his star turn on Beck’s Song Reader – his version of “Title Of This Song” was a standout among many established artists who contributed, his voice being one of those remarkable instruments; rich gorgeous and effortless.

Psychedelic explorers Pond will be making a very welcome return to Larmer Tree Gardens, following their standout set in 2015. With their highly anticipated new album The Weather due in May, we can’t wait to see what they have in store this time around. Hopping across the ocean to neighbouring New Zealand, we have the bewitching talent of 4AD signed Aldous Harding, her bleak and beautiful eponymous debut album balancing fragility with raw charm.

Adding to the already packed list of exciting newcomers, we are thrilled to have the excellently named PWR BTTM dropping in on an unsuspecting Larmer Tree audience – turning gender politics into loud, infectiously positive, glorious rock music centred around what it means to be young and queer and confused. Melbourne’s Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are poised to take over the airwaves with their charging drums, addictive bass lines and ridiculously catchy melodies. The fact their debut EP came out on Sub Pop says it all! We’re definitely set for a thrilling show. And a thrilling weekend all round!


Bill Callahan, Slowdive, Japandroids, Pond, Baxter Dury, Waxahatchee, The Moonlandingz, Moses Sumney, Timber Timbre, Alex Cameron, Daniel Romano, Blanck Mass, Allison Crutchfield and The Fizz, Aldous Harding, Mdou Moctar, PWR BTTM, The Surfing Magazines, Jonathan Toubin (DJ), The Surfing Magazines, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Lowly, H. Hawkline, Lowtide, Tides Of Man


Father John Misty
Mac DeMarco
Band Of Horses
Lucinda Williams
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Amadou & Mariam
Ty Segall
Real Estate
Parquet Courts
Perfume Genius
Car Seat Headrest
Jens Lekman
The Lemon Twigs
Gold Panda
Nadine Shah
Bill Ryder-Jones
Ryley Walker
Girl Band
Marika Hackman
Courtney Marie Andrews
All We Are
Julia Jacklin
Vaudou Game
Let’s Eat Grandma
Margaret Glaspy
Kelly Lee Owens
Michael Chapman
Brix & The Extricated
John Smith
Japanese Breakfast
Julie Byrne
Nap Eyes
Aaron Lee Tasjan
Amanda Bergman
Nadia Reid
Girl Ray
Ultimate Painting
Shovels & Rope
John Moreland
Gabriella Cohen
Lisa O’Neill
Xylouris White
Goat Girl
Scott Hirsch
W. H. Lung
The Honey Hahs
J. Bernardt
Legends Of Country
Mega Bog
The Spook School

More acts to be announced so keep your eyes on our website


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