“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato
I’m writing by torch light in my campervan at End of the Road music festival, blessed to have upgraded from sleeping under canvas, but that leisure battery can’t quite last 4 days without a top up.
Not naturally a creature of habit, this festival is a place we have returned to each year for a number of years. Plenty of families with young children reminding us of the little boys we took on our first trip and who have now grown up to be young men we are immensely proud of.
So what about the music festival? It’s an eclectic mix of new music and very much a festival which shys away from big names. I make no apologies for enjoying the food, comedy and art as much as the music. It’s also set in the stunning grounds of Larmer Tree Gardens with peacocks wandering freely, parrots in the trees and surrounded by pretty pubs and villages.
End of the Road always has a packed line up of female singer songwriters, with Mitski being one of the most anticipated acts and she didn’t disappoint. So here’s the track ‘Nobody’.
As usual, my favourites were mainly unexpected. First up, Kero Kero Bonito, recommended by my son who is a death metal fan. I dutifully went along, hiding at the back protecting my ear drums and fearing the worst. What I did find was a bunch of very young, bouncy and talented musicians and it turned out to be a highlight…so here you go…..this is a newly released.
I’d been looking forward to Beirut, but they had cancelled and their replacement did not disappoint. I’d seen Kate Tempest perform on Newsnight, saying things, I’m not quite sure the BBC and our tabloids were ready for. All I’ll say is it was a sublime ‘of the moment’ performance. I was totally in awe. Oh to be so accomplished at such a young age.
While I’ve loved my trips to End of the Road over the years, I have other adventures planned for 2020, more of that later. So here’s a review of End of the Road 2019 and for now, farewell….