About End of the Road Festival

“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. Some of our favourite special moments are below:

Patti Smith doing an impromptu book reading and Q&A session by the piano in the woods.
Gordon Gano joined Claph Your Hands Say Yeah on stage for a Violent Femmes cover that they were played as part of their set.
Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley joined Bob Lind on stage for his song Elusive Butterfly.
Alabama Shakes played an impromptu set by the piano in the woods, and did a secret set in the Tipi Tent in collaboration with The Low Anthem.
Josh T Pearson played an amazing impromptu set by the piano in the woods.
Okkervil River graced us with an impromptu set by the piano in the woods the first time they played the festival and when they played the festival a couple of years later, they spent an afternoon singing their hearts out from the boat by the disco dance floor.

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).

The EOTR Team

  • - Simon Taffe – Director and Curator
  • - Philip Wicks – Director and Finances
  • - Sofia Hagberg – Director
  • - James Strathallan – Director
  • - Polly Barker – Production Manager
  • - Rosanna Dean – Festival Manager
  • - Lauren Down – Festival Manager


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