End of the Road Festival

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Country and Region United KingdomEngland
Type of Festival Comedy, Music
Location of Festival Dorset, England UK
Festival Contact Information

End of the Road
Phone: +44 01342 892 664
Simon, Co-organizer
Email: simon@endoftheroadfestival.com
Sofia, Co-organizer
Email: sofia@endoftheroadfestival.com

Festival Description

From the outset the organizers of the End of the Road Festival’s aim was to create an intimate festival with artists as the primary focus—rather than the sponsors that typically dominate a festival landscape. An important feature would be that bands have the opportunity to play longer sets—in comparison to other festivals. End of the Road reflects a friendly and relaxed atmosphere where the staff and security are kind, helpful and respectful of the festival-goers. The venue of Larmer Tree Gardens is located at the border between North Dorset and Wiltshire offering an atmosphere of relaxation and beauty—where great music plays in the open air among parrots and peacocks…

The festival offers an array of wonderful food—including organic and local fare, and a selection of beers. There will also be a Scandinavian flavor to the event since one of the organizers of the festival is Swedish! A Scandinavian line-up of rising Nordic talent will be showcased. This flavor is rounded out with a selection of Swedish and Scandinavian foods and games. The festival is family-friendly and offers a family camping area and children’s activities.

End of the Road festival features a small healing field — Secret Garden — providing festival-goers a chilled-out space to rejuvenate, expand your mind, exercise your body or just relax and take time to enhance your festival experience—Book a treatment or get involved in a workshop. In 2008, the Secret Garden had the theme of ‘Peace’, and as part of this, two Deeksha givers conducted Oneness Blessings at the festival, as well as facilitated the ‘Peace intention’ — as organized worldwide by Lynne McTaggart. The Secret Garden is located close to the Garden Stage and has something for everyone. In addition, the festival is environmentally aware, and they do much as they can to have as little negative impact on the environment as possible… They also ask that all caterers and traders are as much fair trade, ethical, organic, local and environmentally friendly as possible.

Festival Dates August 29 - 31, 2014
Festival Links


Festival Events:

Lineup 2013:
  • Sigur Rós
  • Belle and Sebastian Angel Olsen
  • The Barr Brothers
  • Eels
  • Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - cancelled
  • Damien Jurado
  • Daughter
  • Horse Thief
  • John Murry
  • King Khan & The Shrines
  • Palma Violets
  • Pokey Lafarge
  • Serafina Steer
  • Strand of Oaks
  • Woodpecker Wooliams
  • Bo Ningen
  • Catlin Rose
  • Daina Jones
  • Efterklang
  • Evening Hymns
  • Frightened Rabbit
  • Golden Fable
  • Heartless Bastards
  • Jens Lekman
  • Laish
  • Mark Mulcahy
  • Marika Hackman
  • Matthew E White
  • Merchandise
  • Money
  • PINS
  • Polica
  • Savages
  • Teleman
  • Widowspeak
  • Wolf Alice
  • Warpaint
  • Dinosaur Jr
  • Allo Darlin'
  • Birthday Girl
  • Cayucas
  • Dawes
  • East India Youth
  • Ethan Johns
  • Indians
  • The Leisure Society
  • Cass McCombs
  • The Staves
Artist Feature 2013:
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (USA)
    • As a child, Sharon Jones and her brothers would imitate the songs and dances of James Brown, who shared their hometown. Like many rhythm and blues entertainers, she began performing in church at a very young age where her voice would find a lifelong home and inspiration. In her late teens she branched out into talent shows and played with local funk groups, wedding bands, and a handful of day jobs which included stints as both a prison guard at New York’s notorious Riker’s Island, and an armored car guard for Wells Fargo Bank. Her command of the stage earned her an overnight title as the ‘Queen of Funk’. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings formed in 2001 and have since toured extensively and have built steadily upon a growing reputation as the unrivaled frontrunners of old-school Soul and Funk music. SJ &TDK; latest release, 100 Days, 100 Nights, is arguably their greatest achievement to date. With much more extensive songwriting and arranging contributions from the members of the band, the songs take more distinct and well-crafted forms, enabling a deeper more soulful return to traditional Rhythm and Blues roots. However, it is the raw fire and Soul which Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings consistently pour into their music that will make this record an irreplaceable part of many people’s lives. For more information visit http://www.daptonerecords.com/sharonjonesandthedapkings.html
    Activities 2013:
    • Viking Kubb
    • Ringo Music Bingo
    • Where is my mind?” Music Quiz
    • Scrabble
    • Breakfast with the Inkspots
    • Videopia
    • Croquet
    • Keep & Share Knitting Workshops
    • The Secret Post Office
    • Circus Skills
    • Hula Hoop
    • Qigong
    • Games etc.
    • Arts & Crafts
    • Spare Room Arts
    • Pop Ups and Making Magic Tricks
    • Animation Workshops
    • Giant Colouring In
    • The World of Bobby Dazzler
    • Origami
    • Cardboard Record Players
    • Clay Making
    • Groovy Records
    • Yoga
    • Pirate Puppet Pantomime
    • Drumming Workshops
    • Story Telling
    • Family Song Making
    • Writing Workshops
    • Folk Tales
    • The Forest Library
    • The Relaxation Room Healing Retreat
    • Art Installations


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Practical Info:

  • UK Festival Awards 2011 — ‘Best Small Festival’
  • Information and on sale online at
  • Larmer Tree Gardens
  • Online information
  • Carpooling — Liftshare
  • Tents/Tipi rentals
  • MyHab — Comfortable, environmentally friendly living at the festival
  • ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION — Hire a cab or minibus from a Salisbury taxi company, which might help if you don’t want to wait at a busy time or just want to get there quickly.
    • Ethical Taxis (good name, huh?) have lived up to their name and will do a special price for us from the station to the festival and they can take up to 6 people. They also do online booking if you are planning ahead. http://www.ethicaltaxi.co.uk
      Phone: +44 01722 770 100
    • Affinity Travel, Phone: +44 01722 744 040, and they can carry up to 6 at a time and charge about £40 one way.
    • Bob Thompson Minibus Hire, he’ll do a 15 seater one way trip. His number is +44 01722 743 591.


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