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But i will be there
just gettin all excited there!
to get excited about this as sson as ATP is done and dusted. Line up is looking superb.
Additions i hope to see....Times New Viking, Grizzly Bear, Islands, Speck Mountain, David Thomas Broughton, Bon Iver and Bill Callahan.
last year was ace...
There's going to be another announcement before the end of the month featuring at least two big names, I understand.
That is a bloomin strong line up for £105. I am going, along with the girlf, and a few others.
According to his myspace, Bon Iver is playing. This is obviously a very good thing.
I think there's a proper announcement either this or next week.
Oh, and according to an ad in NME today, Richard Hawley is playing too. Nice.
are apparantly thus: Richard Hawley, Bon Iver, Congregation, Cate Le Bon, Emily Louzeau, Liz Green, Peter and the Wolf, Zombie Zombie, Noah and the Whale and David Thomas Broughton.
Hoping to be there, just depends on money, and who out of my friends decides to go.
....week before atp ny though....what to do?
and there was a few organisation errors but hopefully this will be rectified.
Looking into B&Bs as I type.
alone at the mo :(
and in the process of persuading friends. The lineup's incredible.
the more i think i must go. has anyone been before but not camped? where did you stay? (i'm not a happy camper)
anyone want to share a cottage?
I'm through with camping.
for 6 people nearby. i'm tempted but probably need a car to commute between.
do you drive? I have a few friends who may be tempted.
I went last year and camped but ended up going home Sunday night because I had such little sleep.
an australian driving licence, but not driven for....4 years.
do you know of accommodation that are within walking distance? i'll keep searching.
camping is great!
i didn't realise you're....you. why new username?
nah, i'm too used to the luxuries of b&b or atp-style chalets. i don't even own a tent.
Miracle Fortress - YEAH!
might be a few more bands announced today!
applied to do stewarding so fingers crossed I get it!
but it'll probably be a last minute decision based on cashflow due to holiday in july and atp new york in september.
and goner! well im definatley going!
angelo spencer. good call eotr!!
Those of us who are sensible bought early birds ages ago, of course. Mind you, it didn't quite sell out last year.
I'm hoping to buy a ticket in July, and i know 4 or 5 people who are in the same position.
Any chance you can reserve some for us? ;P
it was OK last year, but nothing on this.
prefer last year's line-up, but there's still time for bands to be announced.
Charlie Parr on the line up, it just wouldn't be the same without him
I'm officially a steward. What this entails I'm not completely sure, but hell I'm going!
i have never been. but got tickets for this year. im so exited. the line up is awsome.
but outed via their myspace is:
Wildbirds & Peacedrums!
I am very happy about this.
Isnt this sold out?
The full lineup for the local tent is:
David Thomas Broughton
Cut a Shine 21st Century Barn Dance
One Little Plane
The Singing Adams
The Miserable Rich
Wildbirds and Peacedrums
Pictish Trail w/ Rozi Plain
By the Fireside
Robyn G Shiels
Have pulled out, boo.
Miracle Fortress at EOTR would have been perfect.
Does this mean there's a new TSA record on the way? I actually prefer the first one to the last couple of BFB albums.
"...has been cancelled" crossed my mind for a split second, and then a random killing spree would have entered the equation. I am *not* missing Broughton this year.
i might have gone postal
... at the least incomplete. Hush the Many have on their Myspace that they're playing at midnight on some day or other in the Local.
I quite like the thought of midnight Hush the Many.
with the girlfriend.
Looking like the Festival of the summer me thinks
last year was brilliant. Hope they don't sell out before i get my money together
I really don't want to miss out, so i may just buy a ticket anyway even if i can't really afford it.
Only problem with that is that i risk none of my friends then getting tickets
more than any of the other festivals i've already paid to go to.
but i have no money left. :(
Mountain goats, Two Gallants, Micah P, Conor Oberst, Billy Childish, Bob Log, Sun Kil etc. etc.. etc... !!
Award-winning End Of The Road festival (EOTR) and ground-breaking movie magazine Little White Lies are joining forces to create a cinema experience at the festival on 12th, 13th & 14th September, at the beautiful Larmer Tree Gardens in Dorset. EOTR has established itself as an intimate, friendly and chilled out festival attracting a knowledgeable 5,000 crowd seeking quality music, food and surroundings. By taking care of the little things, the synergy between EOTR and LWLies magazine is obvious and provides the opportunity to create a film experience with a similar approach to the music line-up.
(I think it means they're bringing a projector)
Little White Lies will bring an eclectic mix of films and content to the cinema tent experience. In partnership with Warp Films, Shortwave Films and other film companies, there will be a diverse range of films to suit all tastes young and old. The EOTR team will also be entering their favourites to the programme.
Warp Films will be screening Dead Man’s Shoes, amongst a selection of shorts, music videos plus added extra feature films from their catalogue past and present. Warp also run Warp Records as well as Warp X, a digital film studio backed by the Film Council/Film Four and Optimum Films in Sheffield.
Shortwave Films produce a variety of content and have been involved with events since 1999, including Glastonbury, Elefest, Portobello Film and Video festival and regular nights at 93FeetEast amongst others.
(The press release also refers to "the last remaining tickets to the festival", which in the light of cancellation season is heartening)
well i'm not as it's not until september. But I will be. My mate bought me a ticket for my birthday, Now i need to reciprocate to him some how.
but I'm not sure how soon.
it's pretty small and the line-up is stellar.
i can't afford a ticket 'till sept.
somewhere to stay yet?
but to be honest I've not looked into it that much, I shall do this week.
i shall get my map out and see how far these places are from the site.
but it depends on whether I have any money left after buying an ATP ticket, replacing my broken computer, going to Sweden, and remembering to save for uni...and if any of my friends are going.
the best way to get there without a car? thanks
I went via train to Salisbury and there was mini buses running to the site - the buses were TINY though and as I didn't book in advance I ended up having to get a cab back on the Sunday night or I would have missed the train home so I recommend to book in advance.
out of interest, how much was the cab?
It was a good 45 minute drive. Luckily I found 3 people in the same situation so we split the cost.
was sure I'd already replied here
Managed to persuade my friends in the end (took long enough mind). So me + 14 fellow Devonians. I'm all over that cider bus...
Am a bit put off though having read gleaming reviews from last year that it is quite a family orientated event. They've said it is beautiful, relaxed, good facilites etc. I though, am a teenager, and thus would like a good selection of food but without compromising, I have realised - some kind of disorder. Is EOTR suitable?
Its very chilled, clean and relaxed, however, loads of real ale and cider, they let you take your own drinks to the stages too(gasp!). I cant remember the end of yo la tengo last year due to a box of banrock station red
Why isnt this little beauty sold out? Any minute surely?
because the hoi poloi have no taste. This line up is stellar.
Is there a discoteque and said event with some PHat basslines and such?
I have friends who I think would come if they could be convinced that there is def a rave up at night.
you crazy kids.
Actually, I think there's DJs in the Big Top tent till about 2am. And The Bimble Inn (big teepee, third stage) keeps the good times rolling into the wee small hours.
I danced like a twat to Iggy and Tom Waits until stupid o'clock. And they were throwing free bottles of Swedish cider into the crowd. Can't. Wait.
"there is def a rave up" stays away. I want to watch the Tindersticks and feel curmudgeonly.
Definitely some drunken fun to be had... not exactly a phat bass line rave up though...
No information though about stage times. However, if Low and Sun Kil Moon are playing at the same time on Saturday I may cry...
any chance of a link? i've looked on the endoftheroad site (flash and non flash)
well maybe it is , but i can't see anything other than the whole lineup (ie all the bands in a big list, not split into stages or days etc)
looks like dead meadow, akron family and conor oberst/dirty three will clash...
Don't quite understand the Bimble Inn bit, unless that means those bands are going to be split over the Bimble Inn and Local.
Tindersticks/Mountain Goats? For god's sake.
Conor'll be in Cologne on the 12th, http://www.wichita-recordings.com/artist.php/conoroberst/ says.
Some of these listed under Bimble Inn were on the list for The Local tent (scroll up). Actually quite a lot of them are, which doesn't seem to leave much for the Bimble Inn?
there won't be four tents this year
try opening it and then clicking refresh - it must still be bringing up the old front page.
is there only the Bimble Inn and no Local tent this year, or have I got this arse-about-face? Is it therefore going to be bigger?
you sir, are a genius, cheers.
NOW it works :)
as long as mountain goats don't run into calexico, and akron/family are split from dirty 3 i'm pretty happy. Can't get everything...
however- it will be possible to see half mark k and then cross over for the last 45 minutes of Low.
Dead Meadow akron family and conor are on at the same time
You will be able to catch some mountain goats and some tindersticks.....but not full sets of both...
Unfortunately it's jsut the way it has to play out with that number of bands and certain people not being able ot do certain days.....if it helps i had the choice of Neil Young or My bloody valentine and i couldnt see both at roskilde this year (i chose the eotr friendly neil young)
Also the local are running the bimble inn stage this year.........so thats the reason for the overlap.
And well done for Gossamer albatross going on the big top stage!
Actually, more importantly, who is clashing with AFCB v Macclesfield on the saturday afternoon?
Oh and what time does it start on the friday, cant seem to get the morning off work.
we're silkmen til we die
i know i am
im sure i am
silkmen til i die
Just working out how far it actually is from the ground....
Hang on, its way further than I thought. Screw that then.
Its given me a stupid route. Its back on.
about this festival.
I fully appreciate the logistical headache that scheduling a festival must be and that you can't please everyone all the time. I also recognise that (by my tastes at least) EotR has a very high percentage of supremely wonderous bands and so clashes are almost inevitable.
But...surely out of all the bands that could be put head-to-head, this is a bad idea? are not most Low fans also Mark Kozelek fans (and vice-versa)? Also, Alan Sparhawk releases on Mark Kozelek's label and the two play together (or at least used to), which gives some indication of their mutual nature...!
(Ah balls to it. Sorry for the grumbling rant - It's just that I'm a bit gutted. I still love EotR)
thats why jeff lewis and herman dune clashed last year (and jack lewis ran across the shows to play at both) and Herman dune also played at same time as their best friends the Wave pictures ....but happily they ended up playing together not once but twice at the festival in more intimate settings.
Also last year the Danielson Family movie started showing while Danielson were still on......oops.
TO be fair i think you will be able to see the majority of both sets....just not all of them. i was fighting to have them follow each other on the main stage!
That said good news for the Akron family and Dead meadow fans is that the tented stages go on later than the big top so when oberst finishes at 11, akron fmaily will only have been playing for 15 mins. Dead meadow not on till 11.45
particularly david-ivar from herman dune telling us all, not long after coming onstage themselves, that we still had time to rush off to the other stage to catch the wave pictures!
A Sun Kil Moon/Low double bill on the main stage would've been pretty amazing, but not to be...guess i'll just stop moaning, wait for the stage times to be announced and be prepared for one or two tough decisions.
I fucking love you rosbeef.
interested in all three, but i think akron/family would have won in competition.
Mountain goats and calexico is the other one for me...
I listened to both of their recent albums back to back on the way to work (its a long commute) and i think im going for most of Mountain goats and a little bit tindersticks.
unless one or other announces dates around the time.....in which case ill go with the ones i can't see again!
Jimmy- if you give me a while ill see if i can work out who you will miss to go and watch the cherries
fan myself tho
There isnt much i want to see during that day so I should be okay, and would be good opportunity to see the family and the super rip roarin cherries.
Devon sproule, bowerbirds, young republic, bon iver
Big top: accidental, screamig tea party, lets wrestle, pete and the pirates
bimble:revenge of shinobi, threatmantics, thingumajigsaw,seabear, friska viljor
No way can I miss Bon Iver (will get dumped) so looks like I will be staying at the festival!
have you forgotten already?
i was always gonna miss some stuff i wanted to see with a lineup like this, but they were my main concerns. Good stuff! and thank you!
we clash with boris yeltsin. I really wanted to see them :(
you're really good! i see you're playing at the portland arms in cambridge. i shall come see you. good stuff.
Ah well, I've got eight and a half weeks and the poring over the actual stage times* to make a decision.
(* Will these be more than a week in advance? I'm on holiday in the week leading up to EOTR, see)
we are just waiting for it to be all sealed up...
I havent even seen the full time list-
but i will say- in general it seems that as the tented stages stay open later (and thus the headline band starts much later)and have more bands , the list 'shift up'. In general it seems that there is always somewhere where something goes on (i.e. bands on Big top stage start during the last part of bands on garden stage set...so its staggered....make sense?
i.e. tindersticks and Jeff lewis at about the same time
Calexico and Mountain goats about the same time....
Low and Kurt Wagner- about the same time
Unfortunately this means ive got to choose between one of my best friends and a band who ive been working with for the last 9 months and have yet to see live because they havent played in the uk yet.....rubbish
you said MGs clashed with tindersticks :(
i thought you would be pleased that they werent
sorry about that....
worse things happen at sea
dreadful Crass record then it doen't matter who he clashes with.
We need more Jeffin' and less effin'
on gossamers guestlist.
End of the Road Festival which takes place at Larmer Tree Gardens,Tollard Royal, Salisbury, Wiltshire have announced the comedy line-up for The Local Tent over the weekend of Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September.
Saturday's billing of stand up comedy and sketches includes Skins writer and founder of the cult alt-comedy club Book Club Robin Ince, Tommy & the Weeks who star on BBC3's Comedy Shuffle, stand up comedian Adrian Poynton, Scottish newcomer Stephen Carlin, quirky Irish storyteller Maeve Higgins, and emerging BBC New Comedy Award winner Dan Antopolski.
Sunday's line-up is brought to the festival by the Storytellers' Club with TV presenter and comic Rufus Hound, stand up comedian and storyteller James Dowdeswell, festival favourite Josie Long, Terry Saunders who will be performing his new feature-length show 'Figure 8' in full, and Australian singer / songwriter Darren Hanlon.
As well as straight up stand-up there will be a day dedicated to comedy storytelling and, late on Saturday night, the laughter will be replaced by the Storytellers' Club presenting Scarytellers' Club with late night ghost stories and spooky tales around an imaginary campfire (bring a torch).
Storytellers' Club is a London club night which has toured to Melbourne and Edinburgh, and now makes its End of the Road debut late on Saturday night, with a collection of spooky stories, performers will include those from the Comedy Stage, and possibly some surprise festival guests.
as it isn't in the Local tent
I'm glad Josie Long's coming back, as I completely misread the timetable last year and turned up an hour late.
Also ace free compilation.
after a weekend away.
Very impressed that they give you a 15 track sampler of the bands playing. Lovely touch.
accepted as a steward for this - It's not like they advertised it very well so I think they're still rather short of stewards. Also, with no deposit or anything, anyone of those who has already been accepted could drop out and leave them in the lurch. I'm worried that there wont be enough of us!
was wondering when more info about it will arrive. i was really surprised that they didn't ask for a deposit too. hopefully they will have nice honest stewards who won't drop out or take advantage of the free ticket before they've worked their hours.
about this festival at his show in London the other day. Annoyingly the guy who told me this has no recollection what exactly it was about, but apparently he was pretty hacked off about something.
Hopefully this story is wrong.
Is friends with the organizer who stayed at his house for a week in Texas so I doubt it! EOTR is amazing!
they still have a few stewarding places left if anyone is interested. rotas/directions etc are being sent out in mid to late august.
other stewarders! I just applied as I really wanted to go but couldn't afford it, and am not totally sure if other people I know are going.
does anyone know if there are any campsites near larmer tree. got to go on thursday. the price for a train ticket for friday is mad.
it would help. Last year travelling down from London on the day meant not getting to the festival till well after it had started. Sure I wasn't the only one.
I'm going camping in Dorset for a few days before, so once I find a decent campsite, I'll let you know...
try this site
And search under 'Dorset'
That's half the cost for Minehead. What's crazy about that?
shit i didn't even think about this.
oberst vs broughton
low vs kozelek
I cant actually make these choices, im going to have to flip coins
It says that the second stage runs later than the main one so the clashes wont be the ones you think they are so you ought to be okay.
i have been trying all week to get cheap train tickets. could not get on a virgin or cross country train without paying the full price if going on the friday. i am now going on the thursday which i got cheap 42 pound return.
What time does the site open? The depth of the line-up does not suggest a sensible delayed start to allow people to tent up, etc...
...10:00 on Friday, music starts "about 1-2pm" according to the website.
stewards still don't know when we're meant to turn up...hmph
thats the one thing I dislike about atp, the 2nd day is already halfway through then its over, arriving on thursdays is loads more fun
the better in my book
1 EOTR ticket for sale - £80
Still dont understand how this isn't sold out. The weather I guess.
(not my best post)
I'm only working while bands are on for a few hours on Saturday afternoon, the rest is on Thursday and Friday morning. Ace.
Very excited :)
only 400 tickets left.
Considering it's a very small festival that basically needs to sell out to make any profit at all, i'd see that is a problem. What a shame. C'mon people, persuade your friends to buy tickets.
it's currently about what they sold last year, and look at who they've been able to afford on the back of that.
"End of the Road Festival: 1 month to go, only 400 tickets remaining
There's just under a month to go until the End of the Road springs into being at Dorset's lush Larmer Tree Gardens.
With a mere 400 tickets left, discerning festival-goers are being urged to get in there quickly and avoid missing out on one of the year's most fun weekends, featuring - to paraphrase Withnail - some of the finest music available to humanity..."
I had horrible visions of it being only half full and them making a loss. Bet all those adverts are eating away at the profits though....
so 400 left with a month to go is pretty decent, i'd say
don't sell out by thursday...
Hey up, am I right in thinking this is BSP's Jonathan Richman covers band?
well Noble and Hamilton plus a couple of others
although is the bimble inn the tiny tent next to the secondhand book stall? It gets packed pretty quickly if it is!
Thats bimble inn! didn't know that was their covers band that will be ace.
Get last tickets fast!
it'll be bigger this year, given it seems there won't be a Local and if you arrived at Bimble even slightly late last year you had no hope of hearing much over the bar chatter.
Yeah, Modern Ovens is Noble, Hamilton, Matt Eaton (Actress Hands/himself) and Darren Moon (The Tenderfoot), although it seems they'll be clashing with the headliners.
'i was dancing in the lesbian bar'
though the same turning-up-late situation applies.
very late...like in the am.....similar to when port obrien played last year
with Matt Eaton frmo Actress Hands and Darren Moon from The Tenderfoot on vocals also. They're ACE and im really looking forward to seeing them again!
Pretty sure there is a local stage.. Also there is going to be a disco in the woods I think...lit up dancefloor or so I heard.. : - )
Im glad that there combining the Local and the Bimble inn. Last year the Local Stage/tent was ruined by a contingent of North London Media types talking loudly and generally not giving a shit.
The bimble inn had a much better atmosphere..
I'm driving down from Oxford and will have realistically three spaces. Anyone want lift give me a message.
for no rain now please?
otherwise the comedy and films will be surprisingly popular
and I'll be damned if the average age is 35.
That is all.
know if they're running the coach service from Salisbury to the festival site again?
Only a couple of weeks to go and no news.
I hope they can streamline it this year. The last 2 years have been chaos.
my only complaint about last year was the shuttle bus. It seems like a fairly straightforward thing to arrange yet they managed to royally balls it up.
Wasn't helped by a bunch of dicks turning up without having booked, getting annoyed when they weren't allowed on and the stewards trying to make sure they did get on.
Driving this year thankfully.
option seems pretty reasonable at £30!
Anyone else getting to the station around 10:30am on Friday? We're a party of three if you want to make up numbers.
on Thursday - no idea how I'm going to get to the site!
car offer from oxford is still open, if anyone needs a lift.
If anyone still wants to go then I recommend buy tickets TODAY as it is going to sell out very shortly if it hasnt just about already. Dont say I didnt warn you!
I dont even know how im getting there yet
Buy last tickets today as will be last chance!
a spare space in the car?
which festival he's referring to, given none of the above applied to the last EOTR?
Not queues for toilet or running out of beer...
the fact that it's not actually happened yet this year, unless he has time travelling capabilities.
that having Jay Z as headliner is a disgrace.
they must be relieved. Let all wish them the best of luck shall we...
even if, being as indie as I am, I'm worried about how packed everywhere that was fairly packed last year (when they were roughly 500 short) is going to be. YOU'VE SOLD OUT, EOTR. SOLD OUT, YOU HEAR? TO THE MAN! THE MAN WHO, ER, REALLY LIKES GOOD MUSIC.
to be having a well kept cask conditioned ale with you other utterly lovely, right-thinking music fans at a thoroughly well organised and lovingly put together festival. Really. The sell out is great news.
Two questions though:
One, is anyone going to see American Music Club at Bush Hall on the Thursday night? I'm worried noone would come and see them with me at EOTR on Friday and refuse to miss them all weekend.
Two, are there disco facilities post indie? After all tat bitter and healthy, locally sourced fayre I'm likely to need a dance...
I am concerned by Dead Meadow dropping down that second stage list meaning they might now clash with something good. Like Oberst.
Come on you tinkers, give us those times - I am poised with a highlighter and everything.
says the site. Noticed the other day that the numbers playing the Garden and Big Top are the same as last year, if that's any indication.
but alas will be at the site already on Thursday night.
There is indeed a disco in the Big Top, I recall it being pretty good last year.
I love an older guy indie disco.
I. Can't. Wait.
(to throw up a load of organo-bitter on the dancefloor)
Howard Marks? Is he sure?
have they ever been seen in the same room?
I suppose that ET blog means that Plan B is doing the EOTR programme again this year. Good news.
it was pretty programme last year, with some good interviews/ writing for once.
except they'd temporarily run out by the time I'd got there and not having a bag on me* but having the stage times printed out in my pocket I couldn't be arsed to find one.
(* For the same reason, if Jeff Lewis doesn't bring his comics this year he dies on the spot)
like, has everett ever actually heard his voice??
have a spare ticket?
. "That was an ill-informed and badly thought-out piece of criticism," she raged. "Now I can't invite you over to my house." Ah bless. She was worried about me. "I am Everett True," I texted back. "This is what I do."
hmm...that'll be why the last few copies of plan b were EVERETT TRUE interviews.....whoever.
Gumtree quite a few people are selling pairs!
I'm after 1 ticket. Was hoping they wouldn't sell out before I get paid this Friday.
the stage times in a word document - not sure how I'd post them on here though so anyone that wants them PM me your e mail or something.
The good news is that Low / Sin Kill Moon don't clash! Nor do AMC and Dirty Three as I feared.
May have a clash finder knocked up for this arvo if work continues as slowly as it is at the moment.
so it seems that there is both the Bimble Inn AND the Local tent after all
Jeremy Warmsley. Bonus!
The spreadsheet has an inaccuracy on it, I've noticed, as in the official list Bowerbirds and Noah & The Whale are the other way around (a very EOTR attitude in itself: "Look, that band who we're giving a midday half hour to have a top five album!" "Oh alright, bump them up a couple of hours to before the Young Republic")
Anyway, someone else has come up with a one-sheet version: http://gigleaf.googlepages.com/endoftheroad2008.pdf
Don't want to be a greedy bastard, but does anyone have times for the comedy stage as well?
dunno how busy it is though.
Tickets arrived : D
I've a spare Waterloo to Salisbury leaving at 09:50 on the friday, and leaving salisbury at 11:18 on monday.
weather watch for this. Anyone able to see into the future?
...for the weather:
do not try metcheck for weather. Only reliable out to 4 or 5 days.
And, in the case of the heavy rain and thunderstorms predicted for what turned out to be the hottest, driest weekend of the summer, maybe not even then.
it's seriously impossible to do localised weather more than 5 days ahead, unless there's a hurricane on the way or summit
It uses the GFS operational model so beyond day 5, well, you guessing at what the weather will be like is more reliable.
are in london the tuesday after EOTR, shame they're not playing the festival again this year. just sayin'.
especially since I'm meant to be camping in Dorset from Monday.
But here's hoping eh?
suposed to be ok next weekend! showers on sunday everything else ok
had better get its sorry ship to shore or this is going to be a tough weekend.
A band of rain spreading eastwards across the region on Thursday, may be heavy at times. Most places staying dry on Friday and Saturday with some sunshine at times
There is likely to be some rain on Sunday, perhaps heavy in places at first, but this will gradually be dying out during the day, with drier and brighter conditions following. It is then expected to be mainly dry with some sunshine in places on Monday
I would take that like a shot. Please be that.
we'd even get nice soft ground to pitch our tents in!
Prize miffling from the Chief Inspector of Duffle-coat-wearing naval gazing, here.
Good to see your vulnerable human side, Jimmy.
That is a little miffly.
Mainly dry on Friday and Saturday with some sunshine at times. Sunday will be rather cloudy with a chance of a few showers.
Updated: 1413 on Wed 10 Sep 2008
please please please please please please
on what the weather will be like tomorrow. For the record, the current forecast on the BBC looks a little optimistic.
you can pitch your own goddamn tent.
If you can find it.
I was going to do it around lunchtime but I think DiS must have been down and I couldn't get on. A summary:
Chance of rain on all days especially tomorrow but it defintily doesn't look like we'll be flooded. There's a band of rain out in the north sea that will come inland but I don't think it will get far enough west to affect us. Night time temperatures will be about average (~10 deg C) so it could get a bit chilly in those tents.
Have a good time everyone!
Is it wrong that I hope it rains (a bit) so that I can wear it?
This weather makes me :(
but i'm sure there'll be stuff about
then some end of the road action. see you there!
I'll be the one in the shoes with a beard.
the kid in a Barsuk Records/Death Cab for Cutie/Ballboy/Atlanta Georgia [yes] t-shirt with bad hair.
want to go now. Bloody life.
who is trying to get rid of 2 tickets to this. If anyone is interested I'll find out if they've still got them or not.
but it was a great festival.
Unfortunately it bucketed it down lots on the Friday, which meant that most of the site was super muddy that day, and yesterday and today too- but at least it was then sunny and the mud started to dry a bit today.
I loved The Acorn (both times), Adrian Crowley, Bowerbirds, Noah & The Whale, Thinguma*jigsaw, Seabear, Mercury Rev, Shearwater, Sons of Noel & Adrian, and Over The Wall.
Thinguma*jigsaw were pretty cool and strange, in a Daniel Johnston/Dannielson kinda way, singing without a microphone in the Bimble Inn, whilst the lady did her sawing.
Seabear were a great surprise. I have their album, which is just okay, but they were utterly amazing live.
and Mercury Rev. Wow. I wasn't pleased with their last album, but they played a fair bit from Deserter's Songs, All Is Dream, and some new songs, and they all sounded great. It was so cool hearing songs I hadn't heard in ages, and loving them all over again.
I left before Woodpigeon (who I saw last weekend, and were fun enough) and Calexico (who I'll be seeing in London next month), but the rest of tonight's line-up didn't appeal to us, hence the early retreat/return to civalisation. May get early bird tickets for next year though.
I saw Laura Marling, Devon Sproule, Conor Oberst, Dirty Three, Seabear, Cats in Paris before I had to leave who were all excellent.
Did anyone catch either of my lots sets? How did the sound come across?
I was quite impressed
The enjoyment was slightly tempered by the massive puddles and how quickly the grass turned to mud after Friday's rains (the Big Top entrance was wet enough at 2pm Friday, so by the end of the day a river ran through it) and then that turning to a sticky gloop on Saturday, and muggins here forgot to pack the wellies. But that aside, it was an ace weekend. Highlights: The Acorn (both), Dirty Three, Bon Iver, American Music Club, Mountain Goats, Jeffrey Lewis, Cats In Paris, Gossamer Albatross, Sons Of Noel & Adrian (and their secret set), The Accidental, BSP, The Chap. Not getting back into the tent for Shearwater was a bugger. Nearly having my head taken off by a child swinging on a branch and then finding the admonishing father was Richard Hawley was, well, interesting.
it's such a nice festival. shame about the downpour on friday and it being absolutely freezing at night, still it was a good excuse to drink lots of hot cider. bon iver was absolutely amazing, there was a massive singalong during the wolves which was incredible. adrian crowley, devon sproule, liz green and richard hawley were also brilliant. the only slight downer was the amount of talking going on during some of the sets in the bimble inn, was just weird as in all other respects the crowd was great.
and what an ace festival! Well organised, delicious food, glorious sunshine, peacocks, fairy lights & hidden pianos in the forest... I was really impressed. Was most struck by how great the crowds were: Absolute silence when necessary and huge enthusiasm for everything.
- Jeff Lewis playing Daniel Johnston covers outside my tent all last night :)
- THE DIRTY THREE (especially Warren Ellis's dancing)
- Low - not sure about Alan's breakdown but made for an intense set
- Wave Pictures in the sun
- Lovely lovely Laura Marling
- The barn dance!
He could have killed someone. (For those who don't know he flung his guitar full pelt into the crowd, horizontally like a skimming stone). The police should be involved now and he should be
- banned from all future festivals until he's carried out some sort of councilling programme.
- him or the record company pay a fine to a charity of EotR's choosing.
As for the rest of the festival - a half-hearted 30 minute Steven Adams set blew most other things off stage. And the Tindersticks were dark-chocolate sublime. Shame they didn't have longer.
I was busting for a leak and they'd already played Sunflower and Dinosaur act so I thought it was safe to leave. I expect I'll be able to find a video of it on youtube within the next couple of days.
really upsetting more than anything else, he clearly wasn't doing it because he was having a "bad day", even if you don't know his medical history it was clear he was not in a good way. I'm not defending what he did, I was pretty shook up for about an hour afterwards, but I can't imagine what as going through his mind to make him do that.
This would probably have been a more apposite comment to add my reply (above) to :-)
One thing, though. I am glad your fug only lasted an hour. Mine put me off choons for the night. Ended up eating too much Morrish boureks! Not a bad thing in itself, mind...
Had a cracking time, and stewarding was more fun than I imagined. My highlights were:
American Music Club
In reality, I didn't see one band I didn't like.
Only downsides were being too tired from all the mud to stay up any later than midnight (unheard of for me at a festival), chatter during a lot of the sets (I had to tell the same group of people to shut up twice during Liz Green, I wouldn't have minded if they hadn't been in the 2nd row!), the state of the urinals and of course the end of Low's set. It was really unsettling seeing someone pretty much have a nervous breakdown ohstage. My friend was in tears after it because it upset her so much. I'm glad the guy that got hit by the guitar was OK.
Such an great little festival! Shame about the mud but it didnt spoil it for me. Needless to say the hot cider was tasty as was the otter ale. As for band highlights...there are plenty:
Darren & Jack play Hefner
The Modern Ovens
The Wave Pictures
But again, i didnt see one band that i didnt like all weekend either.
I heard conflicting opinions but also that it was mostly from Deserter's Songs.
I didn't see anything of the three headliners. I win at indie.
as I was yo-yoing to see Mark Kozolek, it seemed pretty great and the lighting was awesome.
were pretty stunning i though. Great light show, mainly material from 'Deserters Songs' and 'All Is Dream' and a couple of new ones.
A wee bit dissapointed by Tindersticks - love the records but live it didnt seem all that great. Although i was still slightly buzzing after seeing Hefner.
Alan Sparhawk's tantrum cast a shadow over the weekend for me. It was one of the most fucked-up moments I think I have ever witnessed. It was clear from his in-between banter and arguably the dark, dark set list that stuff Chez Low wasn't right.
It's obvious to anyone familiar with the band that this wasn't a rock-star antic. He's not well - we've seen signs of that before. Doesn't excuse what he did, though. Fucking cretinous.
I turned round and looked at my mate Dave's face. His expression of sheer incomprehension will stay with me as the most articulate description of this event. Well, until Alan puts something on the Low website. I would really like to hear what the fuck he was thinking. Now the Sabbath is over, I expect something by the morning.
to be at NYC ATP this weekend, will be interesting to see if they play.
Bon Iver's set stood head, shoulders and waistbands above everything else - and that's allowing for intense sets by Dirty Three, Tindersticks and Low (meltdown notwithstanding), nice surprises like Bowerbirds, Sons of Noel and Adrian and The Chap, and dependably great fest sets from Richard Hawley, Laura Marling and the Mountain Goats.
It was all about the Bons for me. The embellishments to the recorded versions were spot-on, and gave things a sense of excitement, kind of. For an act to do this so early on in its lifespan is so cool.
I am not ashamed to admit that Skinnny Love had me filling out, especially with the whole band joining in heartily on backing vocals. Think 'Ladies & Gentlemen...'-era Spiritualized-style redemption music played on steel guitar. Fuck, just thinking about it...
And the cover of I Believe by Talk Talk (this time, unlike his own stuff, completely literally)?! Gah, I almost went home after that, there was just no topping it.
Amazing little festival, definitely worth getting early bird £90 tickets for next year. Highlights were Sons of Noel and Adrian, Bon Iver, The Chap, Low and Dirty Three. Found Sun Kil Moon so disappointing, really turgid and esoteric. Kimya Dawson was a pleasant surprise, I thought I'd find her really irritating, and the hot cider was pretty yummy. Think we had the festival's sole twats camped next to our tent (everyone else seemed lovely), constantly going on about "banging birds" in the forest/campervan etc, I hope he went home with gonorrhea. Good times.
amazing weekend, missed the low meltdown, heard about in the campshop the next morning (that man was a lifesaver, forgot the tent pegs!). I thought sun kil moon were dissapointing too, seemed completely uninterested. Highlights for me were micah p hinson, kurt wagner, jason molina, sons of noel & Adrian, someone still loves you boris yeltsin, richard hawley, shearwater, everyone really.
Had an annoying couple of campers near us too, discussing staying up for the sun rise at 3am and then some french dude telling them to shut the fuck up!
I just got back as well, I think the main wow factor for me was just how amazing The Local was this year. DTB, Shearwater, Wildbirds and Peacedrums and countless others were great. Other than that Akron/family, Micah, Dirty Three, then thingmajigsaw, steven adams, bon iver, low up until the "throw", constantines, denis jones, a.pa.at, hefner, billy childish, jefferey lewis. and endless list because it was just so great.
because of everyone talking
this is more than all other festivals i've been to combined although I think I have violin fatigue. My favourite band of the weekend were dirty three, I had no idea what they sounded like beforehand and had no preconceptions and they were incredible. The site was lovely, the sheer amount of effort was amazing, the pianos and lanterns in the woods, the fairy lights, there seemed to be no need for alot of it except to make it more special and thats what made it so nice, I was stunned to see peacocks and parrots roaming about
it was so unexpected and seemed so geniunely hostile
he has a genuine and terrifying illness, it certainly wasnt a fit of rock star pique. You only have to read some of the most recent interviews where he talks about his problems,to see how awful it must be for him.
Was such a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. I think Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin were a highlight even though their set probably had the smallest audience of any - being first on the Friday (such foolish scheduling) and of course Bon Iver.
Yeah I agree The Local tent was great. You could just wander in there at any time and odds are you'd find a good act. Also did anyone see the Elliott Smith story?? Quite inventive I thought if a little depressing!
Bon Iver's 'Lovin's for Fools' cover was outstanding!!!! Saw it at Shepherds' Bush a few days earlier too : p so spoilt....
And goddamn that was a great weekend. Highpoint for me was the front-row geek riot during Hefner [Half of Hefner, whatever you want to call it]. If any of you were up front singing and dancing then thank you for that, it was such good fun (especially the lovely girl who told me was I wasn't dancing enthusiastically enough and put my fist in the air for me)
Also awesome: The Wave Pictures converting the crowd, The Mountain Goats being The Mountain Goats, Jeffrey Lewis, Robin Ince sober vs Robin Ince drunk, Jeremy Warmsley (especially Temptation and If He Breaks Your Heart), seeing a tent full of people go nuts for a cover of Roadrunner [way more fun than BSP's proper set, I think], Seabear [best band I discovered for the first time this weekend I think], Low playing Canada, Noah and the Whale being a LOT less shit than I was expecting, Woodpigeon doing Be My Baby, talking to Darren Hayman and The Wave Pictures and Jeremy Warmsley and Robin Ince. It was a good weekend for meeting people. I saw Tom and Alex Campesinos! but they were striding purposefully at the time so I didn't say hi.
Oh, I agree about Kimya Dawson being unexpectedly good. And the comedian who's name I can't remember who had the bit with the Spanish worm.
Bad Things: Mud, missing the end of Low's set to get to Jeremy Warmsley on time and it turning out we didn't need to [although kind of glad I missed the guitar throw. Even the "Everyone I loved told me they hated me" thing I did witness was a bit upsetting], missing Jeffrey Lewis doing Daniel Johnston covers [whoever you are: Where was your tent? Why did you not do the right thing and tell everyone else that this was happening? I am jealous!]
One of the comics at the Storytelling tent during the "Scarytelling" session came on after the others had been doing ghost stories and such and opened with: "Sorry I'm late, I was at the Bimble Inn and Laura Marling and the Mountain Goats and Conor Oberst just formed a supergroup and did a set of Belle and Sebastain covers then destroyed all evidence of it and said they'd never do it again!
That's how you scare THIS crowd".
Apart from the aforementioned Hawley Jnr moment, my favourite star spot of the weekend was seeing Darren Hayman and Jack Hayter in conversation by the Duke Of Uke stand with Robin Ince and Josie Long, which seems about right, and then Ince being sidetracked by all of Screaming Tea Party.
I liked how, coming on after the rush for Acorn promos, Warmsley announced that he had two CDs for sale, and it literally was two copies of The Art Of Fiction.
festival of year, no question
in the Bimble Inn. AMAZING and great to hear all the great Richman songs, played relatively well considering how trashed the band were. Top marks.
bit gutted it was the pyramids and not pyramids as listed, still a good show, though.
i felt bad at the start of thingumajig*saw with my coconut ice-cream. the cruching of the cone was drowning out his voice. what a great ice-cream.
mercury rev weren't great, adding loads of widdly prog pomp to the songs, which are great on record. road to nowhere was amazing, though.
richard hawley was in fine voice, but the horn and strings backing tape was well off-putting. tindersticks and calexico did it proper.
only disappointment was stuff I didn't see. Was fairly shocked when the low guitar went over my head. Beautiful atmosphere, setting and crowds, weather held out nicely. Saw some parrots flying overhead.
Not sure if I'll go next year, probably, but I think I'll look at the early lineup before committing (even if it costs a tenner more). But I probably will, best outdoor festival for a long long time.
but not very wet. Muddy flaps at the entrance though.
after the trauma of Reading 2005 where I promised to never again go to a festival where you have to camp, that has restored my faith in outdoor festivals. Like some other people have said further up, I enjoyed most bands I saw:
Dirty Three: probably my highlight of the weekend, at dusk on the Garden Stage. The perfect setting.
Akron/Family: This was a shock I tell you. I only have the s/t debut which is all folky guitars, hushed vocals and subtle electronics and they appear to have transformed into a guitar spanking, bass bashing party band. Didn't know what to make of it.
American Music Club: Good to hear some oldies, even if they didn't play anything from Everclear.
Cats in Paris: Damn them and their fiddly time signature and tempo changes
Bon Iver: Didn't think this was a great as some people did. The cover of Talk Talk's I Believe in You was odd. Pretty much a note for note copy but he got the drummer to sing it for some reason which is always going to fail when you're comparing it the Mark Hollis's vocals in your head. Plus, I'm always suspicious of people who sit down to perform.
Sun Kil Moon: Surprised by the negative comments above. I really enjoyed this. I never thought Mark Kozelek would be the most talkative person on stage so wasn't put off by the lack of interaction with the crowd. Haven't had any interest in Kozelek material post Ocean Beach but will definitely be checking out some SKM.
Low: I missed the guitar throwing finale as I left to take a leak before my bladder exploded. They'd already played Dinosaur Act and Sunflower so didn't think I was going to miss anything. How wrong I was.
Shearwater: Really tepid first couple of songs gave way to a storming set. The drum sound was really awful in that tent though.
The Wave Pictures: Bouncy bouncy indie pop with added wellies. Something about sculptures and marmalade.
Sons of Noel and Adrian: This was interesting. Lush pastoral English folk fronted by a very intense looking young man.
Hefner: Or two members of Hefner at least with members of the Wave Pictures lending a hand. Good to see them live at last after missing them back in the day. Painting and Kissing is still the best song to namecheck Holloway Road.
Tindersticks: thought they sounded fantastic even if Stuart Staples still sings like Vic Reeves's club singer. It was a shame when I left to go and watch...
The Mountain Goats: Amusing scenes as John Darnielle's guitar string broke after the first strum and the drummer and bassist filled in for five minute. Rest of the set was pretty good too.
Calexico: Competing with Dirty Three for band of the weekend. An inspired choice to close the Garden Stage for the weekend. I'd almost forgotten how much I like this band and was inspired to Feast of Wire on the train on the way home.
Disappointment of the weekend: Jason Molina. Looked like he didn't want to be there and no interaction with the audience beyong the odd "Thank you kindly". The lack of old songs (apart some half-arsed versions of What Come After the Blues and No Moon on the Water) was also a major frustration. Look Jason, I know you write about 400 new songs a day and you want to play some of them, and I appreciate you don’t want to be playing The Lioness for the rest of your life, but you have to realise that your back catalogue put you where you are and is why people pay to come and watch you so give a little back OK?
DiSer spotting (not 100% sure of all of these): joeymahone watching Shearwater, fishplums trying to get backstage during Devon Sproule, simon_t wandering aimlessly around the bar area outside the big top, kenako, who by some major coincidence, had set his tent up next to mine. What are the odds?
fishplums said hello to me during the Constantines.
I still feel like I may burst into tears at any moment
Mercury Rev reminding me why they were my favourite band in college - absolutely incredible.
Low being perfect as usual
The first half of Hawk and a Hacksaw
Bon Iver's singalong song
The spiced cider
Baby Dee's drummer
Wandering through the magical forest/library/multicolour dancefloor area
Not once being challenged by a steward for taking my own booze in
The lovely, lovely showers
Not knowing that the campsite doesn't open til midday Friday and arriving at 5am and having to pitch my tent in the car park
Conor Oberst being boring
Dirty Three (except for Warren Ellis' awesome leg kicks)
sounds about right - why did the site open so late though? When I was wandering around on Friday around midday, they were still setting up all the shops and they hadn't even set up the cabling for the second stage, which meant everything ran late.
he seemed to be playing at full pelt but there didnt seem to be much feeling there, I was kind of hoping after johnpeelgate at glastonbury he would pull some similar stunt to offend the spirit of the festival , like taking to the stage smeared in blood with a peacocks neck between his teeth or something
by being 'funny'. "Hi, we're the demcembrists" "Hi, we're the Killers" etc
or did EVERYONE respond to "Hi, we're the Decemberists" with some variation on "I fucking WISH"
another great eotr. off the top of my head, mercury rev, bob log III, billy childish, wave pictures (probably my favourite), pete and pirates, modern ovens, jeffrey lewis, kimya dawson, mountain goats, low (despite the violent climax) - too many to mention.
i love british sea power, but they were pretty disapointing this time around.
i did see some DiS folk but feared rejection so didnt say hello!
Did anyone see the dj in the big top saturday night/ sunday morning playing 60s garage and the like? It was dead good.
Really non-responsive to the crowd, just seemed to be having a little party on stage with some girls!
and very responsive to the crowd - he was barely behind the decks for dancing at the front of the stage. tunes!
Kenny from The Telegrams www.myspace.com/thetelegrams he DJ's at my nights sometimes he's ace!
but were a little liverpudlian... Jingle... jangle...
Had a brilliant, brilliant time.. Two Gallants, Mountain Goats, Screaming Tea Party, Bon Iver, Woodpigeon doing 60's covers, Dom in the Bimble and singing Jack on Diamonds, dancing on the dancefloor in the forest to 2 kazoo's.. Happy times : - ) : - )
Who was the best smaller band you guys saw? I didn't manage to catch as many as I might..
Forgot Micah P Hinson who was the best I've seen him out of 3 times now he is incredible
micah p hinson - set was a bit short but really good. Especially the bit where he was talking about his two dogs licking each others 'junk' to a crowd of families.
Bowerbirds were a personal favourite.
also Calexico, when i climbed on top of the massive theatrical box thing to the right of the garden stage, and watched the whole thing from about 20 metres higher than everyone else. Then almost got arrested. Special moment.
generally fairy lights and ribbons. were good. and sporadic bongo drumming jam sessions. and storytelling in the library. re-living my FUNNYBONES childhood. ahh magical.
that I've been struggling to come to terms with real life again for the last four days. Have to keep stopping for spicy fish borek and hot cider breaks which is proving unpopular in the office. On top of that Mrs Wolfpack keeps pestering me to take her to see Bob Log again. The world has seemingly turned upside down...
Would really like to thank rosbeef and all the nice people at EOTR for putting on such a special event. Can't wait for next year (going to start work on tricking EOTR to put us on next year immediately).
Bon Iver being just too good.
American Music Club being as awesome as always.
Mountain Goats wildly inappropriate none-more-metal gurning to beautiful acoust-axe songs.
Calexico's amazing vibes (man)
The Log Bomb.
Everything else (except perhaps Mercury Rev's excruciating Dad dancing - didn't they used to be the best band in the world for a while? And the song that the Wave Pictures drummer sang - yikes)
i want to go back now, absolutely brilliant.
Saw you up there! Thought that was an impressive effort! Did you get uo that chained ladder at the back?
had a super weekend. It's on again this weekend, yes?
although slightly puzzled as it didn't rain on saturday and bon iver did play for emma??
sorry, i was very tired.
because I've just got back to a computer today - I enjoyed:
Devon Sproule (twice)
Akron Family doing Ed is a Portal (though other parts of their set were a bit dull)
The Miserable Rich (top new find for me)
Noah and the Whale
The Duke of Uke stall
Various Young Republic sets
Low (before the Sparhawk meltdown)
The organic burgers
The Wave Pictures
Didn't see as many bands as I'd have liked due to having a small baby around. But that's how it goes for me at festivals now. That said, the kids singing guy was pretty good.
as went on holiday the minute the festival finished (I can highly recommend doing this).
Anyway, I couldnt have liked it more and have my ticket for next year already. I particularly liked the folowing:
Bon Iver - genuinely one of the best shows I have seen in years. Euphoric stuff, and if any other bands are readimg, get three people playing drums and I will be a fan.
Oberst - I dont get the negativity, I loved that show, he was in a good mood and he played his great new album fantastically.
Micah P Hinson - Scuffy sounding and great. Good guy.
Billy Childish was in a good mood (who knew a lady on bass dressed as a nurse would cheer an old guy up so much?).
Calexico made me really want some tapas. Or a Nandos.
There mus have been others but really it was just a perfect festival. I am *that* close to saying I prefer it to ATP.
All about the Bon Iver show. It was the group singalong vibe I dug. In fact, that was my shiznit all weekend. I stopped to check Sons of Gilbert & George (or whatever) solely because they had a BUNCH of singers on stage. And mighty nice they were, too.
PS Post-fest hols are the nuts. All festivals should come with free holidays afterwards. Self-catering ones with rabbits everywhere.
Lady in a nurse outfit... thats his wife!