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To be announced Thursday morning. 1 headliner and 3 uk festival exclusives.
reckon of Montreal or Jeff Mangum for the headliner.
can see the appeal of Jeff Magnum as a headliner.
Bleh to Of Montereal as a headliner. Maybe second stage or thrid from top main.
Nick Cave, Flaming Lips, , Sufjan Stevens, My Morning Jacket, PJ Harvey and Belle and Sebastian are the bands i want. 3 of those would be great.
I could MMJ and B&S doing it maybe, but the headliner not being an exclusive suggests someone at the start of a touring cycle, not at the end.
actually I've just realised I think the layout/stages changed this year, right? are there two outdoor stages now?
they have the old garden stage ( last year headliners, Okervill River, Fall, John Grant) and the main woods stage ( Last year headliners, Beirut, Mogwai and Joanne Newsome).
My hopes are a little too big, but with the new outdoor stage in place, i think they could get them.
given they headlined Latitude (3 or 4 times the size of EOTR) last year. Of Montreal are probably not unlikely though.
Last time we played EOTR guessing games I picked the Decemberists as a possible headliner, still think that's as likely as anything.
Almost definitely going to make it 3 EOTRs in a row for me, regardless of who they announce on Thursday.
shame, I saw them in the summer and they were gggggreat, obvs
B&S played 5,000 people ATP, why are they too big for 8,500 (or whatever it is) EotR?
I have a feeling on Nick Cave and PJ Harvey. Would be great if they could get a sort of Battles or Holy Fuck type act in there somewhere too, like when they had Caribou - that was super-cool. I guess it could be Mangum, but that wouldn't be the exclusive as he is playing ATP next year.
also the *headliner* isn't an exclusive, so it's someone who is already playing somewhere else or is launching a new album campaign, so will be playing lots of places. bands like B&S or MMJ or the Flaming Lips are at the end of campaigns, so would likely be an exclusive because they've already done all the festivals this year.
that's why I think oM are a good shout - new album, about the right size, the right demographic fit.
Of montereal are too small really. EOTR are going for Brixton size nowadays with their headliners, with the increased capacity.
Shins would fit. I would just be disappointed, as i think the festival could do better!
they've done Shepherd's Bush a few times, can see them doing the Roundhouse on their next tour.
but then I was really surprised to see Beirut headline and play Brixton, after years away and only ever playing like Koko beforehand...
All bar one of those played at Primavera Sound last year, or in the case of Jeff Mangum will be playing next year
^my predictions from a previous predictions thread.
They always manage to surprise me with the headliners, and I'll be going regardless of who's announced.
would explode if it was the Shins.
Would love them, Of Montreal and Jeff Mangum.
Solid fan base, who fit the vibe of the festival (having never been, just from judging previous lineups)
and any of them would be really good
Ryan Adams possibly though.
Played Hammersmith Apollo on his last tour. What's the capacity there? About 3000? Perfect size for EOTR headliner. I reckon he's a good shout.
Didn't Ryan Adams piss them off a bit the first year? I'd be surprised (but pleased) if he showed up.
Nick Cave would still be my shout. I know they're always after him, maybe this year they got their man.
he'll be doing Green Man or maybe even Latitude next year
is a bit bigger than Brixton Academy so about 5,000
can't see him plugging his solo album too much (he keeps talking about the next Hold Steady record) but this'd be a good fit.
The EOTR site is now at full capacity with 10,000 paying entrants, which puts them 5000 behind Greenman. NDH looks set to be 5000 people all in, so the same size as EOTR when it started. Realistically they're unlikely to get bands as big as EOTR did in its first few years given the limited profit margins in music these days, but with primavera so close I would expect some interesting bands to be tempted into extending their tour.
Really, if NDH home can tempt Yo La Tengo and Dirty Three I'll be very happy indeed. As to EOTR, I still think there's a good chance of PJ playing a Dorset festival.
I wouldnt rule anyone out, the woods stage is big and bands gig attendence doesnt always translate to size of ffestival they play, fleet foxes were already probably too big when they played
Bon Iver is way too big
The Magnetic Fields
is a good guess. Donno how it fits in with their touring they're already doing though. Btw I'm gonna be a dick and link back to last week's threads and say Beck...
...alright, i'll go get my coat.
ten points to JCJug
GB are also an exclusive
DRIVER DRIVE FASTER,
FIRST AID KIT
i have no idea who most of those are. thoughts?
Antlers, Frank Fairfield & First Aid Kit are pretty popular (And have all played before actually) Doug Paisley played in 2011. I didn't know him but some friends were into him.
Driver Drive Faster are a new Manc band I think. But never heard of Delicate Steve!
Quite a lot of likes on FB though:
like Ponytail/Dirty Projectors and inspired largely by world music. signed to David Byrne's label
just the others I have no real clue about
I BREAK HORSES
JEFFREY LEWIS & THE JUNKYARD
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE
MOUNTAIN MAN & OUTFIT (or maybe that's two acts with an 'and' inbetween? idk)
a pretty good first announcement.
Will waitand see for the other announcements though before getting a ticker. I really do not like the tindersticks!
SLEEP PARTY PEOPLE
THE STRANGE BOYS
so thats 21 total
first NDH bands next Thursday
I'm guessing Tindersticks will be headlining the Garden Stage. I thought they were really good when they played last time.
As was Robyn Hitchcock. I really enjoyed his set despite not knowing any of his stuff before seeing him.
Will hold off on the tickets though. Does it usually sell out quickly?
Sell out long in advance, recommend getting them as early as possible.
I'm not sure when this year's sold out, but they're pretty good at announcing when tickets are running low.
I'd just like to get christmas out of the way first.
Didn't sell out last year until after Joanne Newsome was announced ( In around March time). You probably have a couple of months at least.
But expect it to sell it a lot quicker this year due to growing reputation and no Glasto.
they should get Department of Eagles (seeing as Grizzly Bear are already there)
The Antlers and Beach House will both be great to watch. And it's not really an eotr without jeffrey lewis there.
Sixteen Bella Union bands being announced today for the 15th anniversary celebrations. There is no way that this announcement can fail.
My Latest Novel please.
snowbird, alessi's ark, midlake, stephanie dosen, john grant, peter broderick, i break horses, m.ward, and hannah cohen
already on the line up.
John Grant would be good though.
yeah, forgot ibh were already there
To think it's come to this. :(
Do you think you'll go? What bands are playing?
perfect setting for them
...stay for the Dianetics.
Know what I mean?
xiu xiu, veronica falls, department of eagles. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
also, i reckon Andrew Bird is likely (playing a decent slot. And maybe Jonathon Wilson.
Cashier No. 9
I Break Horses
Lanterns On The Lake
The Low Anthem
Our Broken Garden
or is it just me?
Beach House had already been confirmed, too...
But they are less than halfway through and most of the Woods Stage acts probably aren't there yet by the look of it.
Can't help but think they are overcooking the Low Anthem/Midlake/John Grant love affair, it isn't like any of them are all that exciting
Must be Sea Org
No Acorn, M Ward, Laura Veirs, Abe Vigoda, Marques Toliver or Xiu Xiu, who they seem to have signed somewhere along the line. Shape up, Simon (Raymonde or the EOTR one, whichever comes to mind first)
Bella Union bands announcing today: Alessi's Ark, Beach House, Cashier No. 9 Dirty Three, Hannah Cohen
Also: I Break Horses, John Grant, Jonathan Wilson, Lanterns On The Lake, The Low Anthem
and finally: Midlake, Mountain Man, Our Broken Garden, Poor Moon, Roy Harper, Veronica Falls
though admittedly so are Dirty Three and the Low Anthem.
had hoped that maybe the shins would headline on of the days, but the way the official EotR site is displaying the lineup would suggest headliners are Grizzly Bear (YAY!) Midlake (yay?) Beach House (fart noise)so perhaps not. idk. might be reading too much into that. I hope they do.
but they haven't confirmed a headliner for Bella Union day.
could still happen, i did think that lineup of headliners was rather underwhelming. and thought it was perhaps a bit premature to announce all 3 already. Fleet Foxes or EitS for BU day headliner then?
This is what's interesting me, Fleet Foxes have said they've finished touring Helplessness Blues so if you take them out of the equation and stick to Bella Union bands you're not left with much. M Ward's available but he's probably only as big as Beach House.
Beach House got a lot of play on 6music, and reviews of Teen Dream were all really positive, M. Ward just seems to plug away with very little fanfare. Would quite like to see EitS, i guess. Saw Fleet Foxes when they toured the first album, were really good, but Helplessness Blues just left me cold, really wouldn't be fussed about them playing.
Whatever that means (last on the Garden Stage same night as Grizzly Bear?)
and they played before Joanna Newsom on the Woods Stage, so maybe it will be like that again. Not sure how that equates to 'co-headliner', presumably just a bit of ego-stroking to get them to play
Beach House are great
Really don't get it...tried...failed. Saw them supporting Grizzly Bear a couple of years ago, so, so bad.
they played before Joanna Newsom last year, would be seen as a backward step to put them up to headliners considering they haven't released another album or anything (and their alst one was a little bit dull).
(it was a bit wasn't it?)
one of the few bands I saw in any state of sobriety last year which might explain that though.
I'm thinking Errors/Caribou double-header to close the Garden Stage on one of the nights, they both killed it in the Big Top in previoun years
but haven't listened to it in a long long time. Saw them tour it, and they were good, but all their songs (from Van Occupanther & Courage of Others anyway)are really mid tempo, so it just became quite dull.
Errors/Caribou would be fantastic, Caribou does nothing for me on record (idk why, feels a bit clinical) but the live stuff i've heard was superb.
which of these do you think will be on the Garden Stage? I'd love to see Dirty Three there but can't see it happening
''I love Grizzly Bear but they're bound to be on the Woods stage, in which case I probably wouldn't bother seeing them anyway''
So you'd go to the festival but you'd refuse to see anyone on the main stage because it doesn't have trees round it?
I would just rather see bands in the garden than at the woods, which is different
i would also like to see bands on the garden stage. and its got nothing to do with tree,s its all about the sound. the woods? mm
Abigail Washburn with Kai Welch,
Dark Dark Dark
Francois & The Atlas Mountains
The Lost Brothers
Trailer Trash Tracys
They left the last bit off their Twitter announcement, but it's him on the website.
Intrigued by this: would like to see Perfume Genius, Villagers and Anna Calvi again. Islet and WEW could be worth checking out. Don't think I've heard any of the other acts, so there's some variety for what was looking like a bit of a repetitive lineup. It's all starting to shape up nicely, I think.
not Sigur Ros
please not Sigur Ros
That's sealed it for me.
am going to wait until the next announcment before deciding whether to go now. It's gone from having quite a lot of potential, to just looking a bit dull.
But I saw them about 3 times 2000-2002 and never thought WOW these guys are headlining material. Competent and lovely, sure, but they're just not big enough to fill the space.
Seems that revisionism and nostalgia knows no bounds. If they'd not split up, they wouldn't be headlining. Fact.
but as you say, headliners?
Was hoping for some more (better?) bleepy/louder bands (by which i mean, very specifically, errors and cloud nothings (not sure how likely the latter would be))
but, on the other hand, there are a million more obvious choices they could've gone for, and had they done so people would be complaining about that as well. as it goes, they've gone for a band that the organisers presumably really really like, and who haven't played in like seven years.
I mean don't get me wrong, I'll go see them and very much enjoy them, just a bit underwhelmed because I wasn't exactly overwhelmed by them in the first place!
Although I've been thinking and the Sunday night headlining slot isn't really a big deal is it? By Sunday night you're so tired and your body is full to the brim with cider you just want to sit in the barn and chill the fuck out. Sunday night headliners can do one!
That said - I am very excited that Midlake are playing. They were beyond wonderful last year.
That's true of loads of bands who headline loads of festivals. For me grandaddy were the best of those cosmic Americana bands and they Managed to cross over to minor mainstream success, I think it is an unusual and unexpected but great choice
maybe jason lytle has had no success under his own name and relabelled himself grandaddy.....
The last time I saw them was on the Sophtware Slump tour; seeing Jason Lytle play solo relatively recently was very emotional. Predict many a crowd sing-along at this...
I've been to four out of the last five EotR's, and think it is the best UK festival by far, but I won't be going this year. About 5% of the line up appeals to me. Dreadful headline choices. Truly terrible. I am very, very upset, as this is one of the highlights of the year for us (my wife loves it also). I suspect it will not sell out this year. Just my opinion. Sorry Sophia and Simon, but I think organising the No Direction festival for the first time may have had a hugely detrimental effect on EotR. And yes, bloody Low Anthem AGAIN. They are so, so underwhelming and frankly, boring. We always do Green Man, too, which is shaping up OK, but that's a freebie so going whatever. At least Feist is a proper headliner for a festival of this size. Still awaiting the announcement of the other two.
As they are very popular amongst the eotr demographic. Grandaddy especially is an amazing turn up
It's a decent EoTR lineup. I'm not a huge Grizzly Bear fan, and if I didn't love the Low Anthem so much I'd be a bit bored at seeing them again, but there's a lot of good music there. Still one headliner to be announced, still some more Bella Union bands to be announced. They've named 57 so far by my count, which gives us another 15 or so (plus a dozen or so from the bands that apply to play).
Get in some electronica and rockier bands (Errors and Cloud Nothings would be great choices, as mentioned above) and it'll be a great festival.
so I counted the bands in the 2 biggest fonts on the official website (ie the ones they are advertising rather than making up the numbers at the bottom of the bill)from 2011 and 2012. Last year had 34 'big' acts and so far there are only 22. So hopefully it will be one more headliner plus at least 11 decent sized acts and the line up will be awesome. I just have NO idea what they were thinking with that undercard today.
I was expecting a few more bands in this announcement. I guess they wanted to announce Grandaddy as soon as they had them confirmed? Alabama Shakes and Deep Dark Woods seem to be popular choices though. [And I admire your counting of the bands by font size :)]
2011 shouldn't be the comparator, maybe they are scaling it back especially as some of their northern crowd will go to ndh , having said that I think it is a pretty strong line up with as many bands as last year that I want to see and one headliner and a dozen more acts to ho
but if you put up ticket prices/keep capacity the same size I'm not sure that's really going to wash!
I guess we don't know about capacity maybe it will be lower, chances are they will put in 2 licence proposals and let sales decide like last year. Price wise taking into account inflation it's pretty comparable to 2010, 2011 did seem like an anomaly big band and value for money wise but at the cost of a little of the atmosphere, so if it is a few less big bands and a slight drop of capacity for the same price many would be happy as that's what it was like before
But yeah same price same capacity less bigger acts would be a worse deal but I think those three factors are connected in a way that that wouldn't happen
aren't most of these festivals going to sell out whatever their bill?
They almost all sell out anyway, but add in 120,000 people who may (or may not) want to go to another festival and you get the impression most festivals could increase their capacity and still sell.
End of the road was an exception probably based on a very strong line up, with a less popular line up there is no guarantee it will sell as well and if it does would vindicate the line up for being strong enogh
....but only with a month or so to kick off, and line up was strong. This will line up will not sell out, I predict.
Depends where they set the capacity last year it was enlarged a lot and still sold out, they said they were open to feedback so who knows they might delibritely scale it back, more likely they will put in the 2 layout licence proposals and see what the sales decide. Both scenarios seem good to me either a strong line up that sells out full capacity, or if the line up is less well received then a smaller attendance and hopefully no woods stage, I'd put the same price on both
I thought last year was absolutely fine, even with the extra stage and people. Lovely, in fact. One of the best yet. I have no problem with the extra capacity. It looks like, from the acts they have booked, that they are gearing up for a scaled back version, as they will struggle shift 10,000 on that line up.
You talking about me? Do you know what I do?
Your mackerel masala dhal is fucking On Point, man. Respect.
am I right?
If so you should be embarrassed at such a thoroughly one-dimensional summary of an event that hasn't announced its full line up yet, let alone happened.
end of the road is http://is.gd/tLPbVz
I thought the extra capacity was fine just wasn't keen on the woods stage that it brought about, I didn't mind that much though, my main point is the line up which I personally quite like may not have as many big hitters as last year but last year wasn't typical of the festival and had a mixed response from many so 2011 isn't really the year to compare to
Yeah, after one massively succesful year with the new capacity, that sold out months in advance, they probably ARE gearing up to scale back this year aren't they? Amazing logic.
and i'm basing it on what they said (either in the programme or somewhere online I cant remember) where they were very aware that last year was a big change and were keen to get feedback on whether it worked, the festival is clearly a labour of love so I really dont think it is that out of the question they might want to scale it back abit if they felt the festival suffered, combined with the fact theyve launched another festival which will cut into their sales (some of their fans will go to both but many will probably go to the one nearer to them).
But regardless my point was comparing this line up to 2011 and finding it lacking seems odd to me as 2011 wasn't typical and was the first one that got slightly mixed reviews.
It will sell out regardless its just a matter of which of the 2 capacity applications they decide on closer to the time, if it is the larger one then that means the line up is strong enough, if it is the lower one then oh well atleast some will be pleased it is closer to other years (2010 for instance seemed quite comparable big bands wise)
Last years festival sold out by around June. Was one of the first festivals of the year to sell out. Probably be sold out by June / July this year too I would of thought.
This years lineup isn't quite so much to my taste but still LOADS of awesome stuff on there. Is more to come as well.
I'm looking forward to Zun Zun Egui again. Their 2008 show was nothing short of epic amazingness.
Would definetely be up for seeing Grandaddy but the undercard is very disappointing. They're obviously pinning a lot on Alabama Shakes being quite big by the time the festival rolls round as they are very high on the bill for a band who have barely done anything yet.
Was really hoping for some decent mid-level bands to fill up the evening - War on Drugs/Real Estate type thing.
There is still one headliner to announce afaik, lets hope there's a decent undercard as well!
Don't get why people seem to be singling out the Low Anthem when citing reasons why the festival should cancel all their bookings and start again like they would want. They're a mid-level band. Is everyone going to be forced at gunpoint to see them, then?
(More names for No Direction Home next week, btw)
Bella Union band, because that would mean EITS or Fleet Foxes...
I can still hope that The Shins'll play.
^appears to be french
EITS headlined two years ago, Fleet Foxes seem to be inactive. Before the expansion Beach House would have been a near perfect fit but they weren't announced as such.
wish i was going to this
They have one of those names where I just know I am not going to like them
Grandaddy are my favourite band of all time. So I'm actually going insane over this, Jason Lytle is my fooking HERO.
So happy with this announcement! Can't believe Grandaddy, one of my favourite bands, are reforming to play my favourite festival. The lineup is brilliant so far for me, though primarily for the bigger bands. Bar a couple, I agree the undercard isn't amazing.
Can't believe people are complaining about the line up, Grandaddy, John Grant, Midlake, Grizzly Bear, Antlers, Beach House, First Aid Kit.
Delicate Steve, Perfume Genius, Jeffrey Lewis, Dirty Beaches, Porcelain Raft... incredible line-up
That it is poor and they are scaling back. Yes, really.
see my response up there. I think it is a strong line up as there are loads of bands I want to see but would agree with people who say there are less 'big' names than last year and they will be the draw for most fstival goers. I dont think a festival can sustain an increased capacity if the line up doesnt have the same high profile, yeah there are still announcements to be made but most years the big/small are announced together throughout the year so it would be a little odd if they announced a load of big ones towards the end, but it could happen and the last headliner could change everything.
Yeah its unlikely a festival would want to scale back but given the size of the site they are more restricted with what they could do when it comes to increasing capacity compared to other festivals and last year I think they reached the limitations. Ive never said I definitely think they want to scale it back, but I think that if the line up does end up being slightly lower profile and given theyve launched a whole other festival in Sheffield that the sales might suffer and they may opt for the 2010 capacity scenario layout etc if it doesn't then that negates the criticisms of the line up and makes this whole debate pointless, im not arguing which one I think will happen either way but am just considering the 'If's.
before making a judgement on the size of the acts? It's a bit like grumbling about next years EotR - no bands?! God that is going to be shit!
Also, is funny on the size thing becasue there was way more space than the previous two years where they had edged up the capacity but not the amount of space. Last year was slightly more people again plus one fuck off massive stage that could hold the entire site if they all wanted to go. I loved last year as a result, was brilliant, and I stil got served quickly at the bars, ate well and partied hard.
im not grumbling im pretty pleased with the line up, and didnt mind the capacity last year. I was originally just arguing against the idea that IF the line up pans out to be lower profile than last year then that is somehow a decline or less value, as I dont think 2011 was typical and there are a few factors that could possibly push it back toward 2010.
some people were saying if it has the same capacity and a lower profile line up that is worse value, others were saying it wont sell out with this line up, and I was just saying that they are flexible with their capacity/layout and it will be good either way, either they pull out a powerhouse line up out of the bag and it has the same capcity as last year, or they dont but it has the slightly more intimate feel or previous years, its all good
with "no, it's shit"? So this is the level of debate now.
but are grizzly bear, granddaddy and midlike the headliners or are we waiting on one more? the way it's laid out on the page it looks rather like midlake are a headline act...
Just before a headline act on the Woods Stage, just like last year. Same deal with Tindersticks. One more headliner to come, presumably on the Friday night.
As pure speculation, I reckon Dirty Three, Low Anthem and John Grant to headline the Garden Stage. I Break Horses to get the party set at the Big Top on Friday night when no-one else is playing
Today we are proud to announce further additions to the Bella Union 15th anniversary day, as well as some more artists for Saturday and Sunday at End of the Road Festival - sixteen artists in total.
Bella Union have confirmed the following:
My Sad Captains
Van Dyke Parks
Zun Zun Egui
And for Saturday and/or Sunday, we have confirmed:
Mark Lanegan Band
The Pictish Trail
It's a bit of a piss weak announcement aint it...
Still I blindly bought tickets on the strength of Grandaddy so the fact that The Antlers, Midlake, John Grant and Tindersticks are gonna be there PLUS lots of bands to be discovered means its gonna be a lovely weekend.
To play middle-bottom of the bill. IMO.
Their website has Mark Lanegan and Van Dyke Parks listed third from top, and all the other acts are right at the bottom. Overall I think this year looks great.
was really hoping Andrew Bird and Django Django would be in that announcement. The only 2 bands there I know is The Acorn and Mark Lanegan Band. Which of those are worth checking out asap?
Zun Zun Egui
i mean its a good line-up, but in comparison to others..
Holy hell, now THAT is a legend:
Check out Song Cycle, it's insane but absolutely brilliant.
it's not on spotify. Let's see. Would be nice if I totally love it and then there's another must see act.
Is a dead cert music legend for sure. Looking forward to seeing him a lot.
Bella Union have confirmed that Midlake will be headlining the Friday on their twitter.
Is there anything noisier or dancier in there?
Also, are we calling that done, no more headliners?
there wont be any more headliners. Bella Union are putting on a day (all stages on Friday) and their line-up is mad good but without a really big name to headline the day. Posters for EOTR up at NDH had Tindersticks on the top line, but they were announced as a co-headliner and aren't on Bella Union so that leaves Beach House or Midlake to close out the main stage on one of the days.
I have a spotify playlist at spotify:user:christophales:playlist:0kgE03pZnbCN206P4EGhSv
on top of that try checking out Zun Zun Egui, Pinkunoizu, Porcelain Raft, Outfit, Lanterns on the Lake, Islet, I Break Horses (probably going to play the 'Caribou Slot' late on Friday night when no-one else is playing), Deep Dark Woods.
There is one more big announcement (probably about 15 bands to go). Based on what was at NDH and their love of repetition, I'd say Diagrams, Archie Bronson (in some form), Slow Club, Django Django and Other Lives might well turn up
That Midlake and Beach House are co-headlining their day. (This was a while back, someone asked them).
I love the Caribou slot so will start with IBH
Errors would be perfect.
good shout that
glad i didn't bother with this now.
not that i dislike midlake, but jesus....
they play every year as well. I have a feeling they'll headline the Garden Stage with Beach House on the Woods Stage though, they will be banking on Beach House going crazy big this summer
Midlake played last year and that's it - unless I misunderstand you?
they were definitely there the year Fleet Foxes played
I've been every year since 2008 and can only remember them playing once (last year).
You're not thinking of the Low Anthem are you Christophales? *They've* played several times :)
Pretty disappointed that Midlake were just upped to headliners (although either they or Beach House are probably big enough in terms of listeners - if not in terms of stature, if that makes sense!), but if they add another 6 or 7 decent names I think it's still quite a good line up. Unfortunately I suspect the undercard will be a pretty low-key affair and I won't bother with the whole thing!
EOTR definitely has another big name headliner being announced in July.
Bella Union tweeted saying there wasn't a headliner to be announced for their day about two months ago
I.E the organizer. Don't know what day it is but last I heard a headliner was to come and I'd say by a long way the best one!
Flaming lips have just signed to Bella union..
Would Reading have made them sign an exclusivity deal though? Strange none of the smaller fests have got them yet as they are over when all the beardy-glasses fests are on.
Today we are pleased to announce the following additions to our 2012 festival line up.
Creature with the Atom Brain
Hurray for the Riff Raff
The Step Kids
Plus 3 winners of the band application process:
doubt I'm going to bother now. Which is a shame as I was quite up for it this year.
are great. Well worth checking them out.
2nd July. I'm asking too much for it to be Sufjan aren't I.
it isn't a headliner so it wont be sufjan (so it will be someone with less of a draw than Grizzly Bear or Grandaddy). There are two slots left on the Bella Union day so one of them could be Flaming Lips, although tweets were saying the closing slots are confirmed as Beach House and Midlake, and there is no way FL will play before either of them
They are playing Green Man in August and no other UK dates have been announced for around that time yet... here's hoping anyway!
Other possibles for the Bella Union day are Xiu Xiu, My Latest Novel, Andrew Bird, Explosions in the Sky, Vetiver and Wild Nothings
I think EotR is probably about the only festival left in the word which hasn't had them.
Special guest could be Patti Smith. Day after Hop Farm finishes, so would make sense...
over that weekend, then she's in Cambridge on the Tuesday. This is after touring Europe for three months. Honestly, seems so likely to be her IMO.
by someone who'd been to NDH and heard it there.
I don't mind if she headlines, especially if she has A Silver mt Zion and Flea as her backing band again.
But the logic works really well :)
UK's best festival, too.
So many repeat acts in the top half of the bill and so many missed opportunities with other bands with new(ish) material and who are touring this year. In my mind I was expecting to see at least some of the following appear this year: St Vincent, Destroyer, Own Pallet, My Morning Jacket, Eels, Dark Dark Dark, War on Drugs, M83, School of the Seven Bells, Local natives, Sleigh Bells, Julia Holter, Lambchop. Half these bands are playing the undercard of latitude when they could be playing longer sets at EOTR. Seems like a waste.
I went for the first time last year and absolutely loved it. However, I didn't get there until Friday night so missed quite a large chunk and so wanted to make sure I had the full experience this year. But with this lineup, and Latitude's lineup, and my wallet not being made of festivals, I have had to go for Latitude.
And smaller, and the good times definitely exist before you get to the bands. I think this line up will look way better in person than it does on paper. Grizzly Bear and Grandaddy are great additions, and not repeats.
I still need to find this year's Brakes (FFS!), Caribou, Errors, Monotonix, Hold Steady - party acts. But I bet they are in there somewhere.
Has exclusivity clauses on LOADS of acts. Even middle level ones. That's why not seeing more of those acts playing EOTR & other festivals.
EoTR is just, perfect. I'd probably have gone despite the slightly disappointing line up and just relaxed a bit more but for Latitude's unusually strong undercard.
not as good as last years. Saying that, it's still a line up, just not quite good enough for me to want to go!
I won't be going for first time in ages this year.
much of the stuff EOTR is missing (i.e. something with a bit of a pulse) wasn't at NDH, which made EOTR look like a metal festival
Grizzly Bear will have been expensive. Grandaddy pretty pricey. I don't see any real saving on these over last years headliners. And I reckon we have one more to come.
Look at how far the £ has fallen against the euro and the US$ in the last few years - that has to have some impact on what bands UK festivals can afford, surely?
As a thought.
It's not all about headliners. You reckon this year's undercard would cost similar to prior years? No idea myself.
I'm just speculating too. I think you could quite possibly be right about NDH.
I'm perfectly happy with the lineup for what it's worth.
I've never been before but am going this year (first festival outing with the kids) and I'm excited - I'm very much looking forward to seeing:
I Break Horses
etc - c'mon - I have seen most of them before admittedly but it's a pretty strong line up.
(FFW>> to it raining and sitting in the tent with unhappy girls for the whole weekend)
You will have a great time with the kids, I assure you.
you are going to have fun
Making so many acts festival exclusives even lower on the bill for Latitude. Rob Da Bank was complaining about it. Festival Republic are basically the Tesco of the festival world.
However, this list of additions to EotR are just horrible, simply horrible. Bought my ticket ages ago, dead excited for Grandaddy, First Aid Kit, Antlers and more. But it's been months without anyone added that I'm remotedly interested in seeing. Alt-J? FFS....
No way could Midlake be on last, a year after they were on one from top, and have done absolutely nothing at all. (I think - haven't checked).
What Bella Union said. Take it up with them!
Midlake last on the Garden
That Bella Union day has most of the best of the undercard, the other two days may get a bit ropey in the Big Top and Tipi
I reckon they will stick Midlake on in the Garden for exactly that reason.
Midlake will probably have new material, won't they? Their twitter said in March that they are making a new record.
I've always assumed they are because of that name
a friend of mine who exclusively listens to radio 1 likes them, keeps telling me I'd like them. That's enough for me to conclude they're horrible.
I really hope it's not Patti Smith...but I've a feeling that it is.
If not her then someone else who was exclusive to Hop Farm, thus the timing of the announcement.
I don't mind too much, was happy enough with the line up as it was.
has been confirmed as Patti Smith
*as long as she plays nothing from the albums she's released in the past decades.
But looking at her set from Hop Farm, they got Dancing Barefoot, Free Money, Pissing in a River, Because the Night, Gloria...pretty good from an 11-song set. And at Bath she did Redondo Beach and Rock n Roll ****** and People Have the Power as well. I'd be pretty happy with that set (though I'd love to see Land or Kimberly as well).
in order, here;
and not Grandaddy
Grandaddy will turn out to be deathly dull and I'll hear how brilliant Patti Smith was.
Not a massive fan of hers, but when I saw her at ATP a few years ago, she was great. Although I love Grandaddy, I found their Sunday set at Glasto a few years ago was a bit dull (major caveat - I'm never usually in a fit state by Day 3 Glasto, so my impartial judgement may be shot to sh*t and they may have been great).
Am confident they are going to put their backs into this and it will be great. So then, that missing headliner in the tent on Sunday. That's Brakes right?
Unless it's a surprise appearance by the rest of Blur, seeing as Graham is there...
Although there's some theory that Alabama Shakes are playing two sets, so it's them...
I've just bought mine. I'm really up for it now despite being initially underwhelmed by the lineup.
My first time at EOTR. Looking forward to it..
it is brilliant fun
can't wait, bit gutted Antlers and Perfume Genius clash though.
Anyone got any tips lower down the bill?
Just started listening to Zun Zun Egui, no way am I missing them now.
Not sure they will work so well going on first though. Pinkunoizu and Zun Zun Egui are great.
Its about a two minute walk from Woods to Garden so you wont miss much of Perfume Genius.
Midlake are my new favourites and been rinsing my Grandaddy live bootleg album in anticipation. Get it if you can it's called Static Hum.
Zun Zun Egui are playing a warm up on Wed 31st at Power Lunches just before head over.
Also I'm DJin 7:30 - 9:00 on the Sunday outdoor disco is anyone is about :)
There is still tickets left too! Anyone bit iffy on going I can't recommend it highly enough is brilliant.
so if anyone does still want to go I have a spare ticket for £130 (early bird price, full price is £150) so PM me if interested.
just like every year. Not sure how EOTR manages to have so much luck with the weather
Can't let it go to waste so if anyone wants a ticket FOR FREE let me know.
Anyone know what it costs to rent a trolley to lug your gear from the car park?
they have paved over the rocky road of death from the car park to the entrance, which for anyone who went last year will be big news
Was lethal last year.
Massive miffle for you all. Last year I camped in my "usual place" so that the gang could all head there, and once we were all set up we realised we were in with the families, which was fine, but you know, not ideal. I am sure they will signpost it all better this year, but I don't suppose anyone has seen a site plan for this year yet? This sort of thing someties crops up in advance.
(god that is the most tedious post ever)
apparently the actual signage was fine but someone put a massive tent in front of the big sign and none of the stewards did anything about it so no-one could see that it was family camping. The site is supposed to be the same, except that comedy has moved (that stage last year was amazing, but ridiculous, any rain and it all would have been cancelled)
unless you sat in the very first bit. Was a bit daft, but you know, really cool.
Mr Trolley will be in attendance again this year. A trolley hire service to help you carry all your kit from your car to where you decide to camp.
The hire point is located in the car park near the entrance to the festival. This is where you can hire a trolley, take it away, load up and ease in to the festival.
To hire a trolley first a hire form must be completed and a deposit taken. Then a trolley is provided with bungees and safe use is explained. When the trolley is returned, the duration of the hire and price is calculated, the cost of the hire is then deducted from the deposit and the remainder returned.
If you have children with you, when the festival has begun you will be able to hire a trolley overnight to wheel the little ones around in. Allowing you to catch the late performances whilst they are either enjoying the ride or asleep, safe and sound, right by your side. In addition to the trolley you can hire a wagon conversion. They have cushions, a canopy with sides that go up or down and solar powered fairy lights. Pick the colour you like, pay for the hire plus the deposit and off you go.
Getting in and out of the festival – 30 mins (minimum hire) £5 – Deposit £50
We’re not strict on the duration and always allow for extra time
Wagon conversion – one night £25, 2 nights £45, 3 nights £60 – Deposit £100
Just a trolley – one night £15, 2 nights £25, 3 nights £30 – Deposit £50
but I can't believe this is the case. It can't be that much I don't remember what I paid though.
50 beers this year apparently. I could do with a clashfinder for them please.
I'm a EotR first timer and I have not been this excited about a festival in a good while.
Its a shame I'm having to leave Sunday night due to work on Monday.
Never had a problem with a beer pricee there at all.
I think I asked above, but can someone recommend me some noise, dance, non-alt country from the lower stages of the bill please? It will be in there somewhere, I just don't know it.
Zun Zun Egui, Toy, Porcelain Raft, Pinkunoizu, Outfit and I Break Horses are worth a look
Yeti Lane and Islet
I thought Grandaddy stole the entire festival. So good.
Honourable mentions to Beach House, Jeffrey Lewis & the Junkyard, The Low Anthem, Tindersticks, Perfume Genius, The Antlers and My Sad Captain and some others that I've probably forgotten.
didn't think much of antlers to be honest.
Van Dyke Parks was boring as well
Perfume Genius, Cold Specks, Jeffrey Lewis, John Grant, Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Graham Coxon, Anna Clavi and Grandaddy were all great though
Was a shame. Bella Union day so dull and one placed. Saturday was a slog, but Lanegan smashed it at the end. Sunday better, Savages great, but needed to be on much later than before lunch. Dear Tick were fun, and Grandaddy were absolutely brilliant.
Pretty boring musically, no party anywhere, at any time (the disco in the woods was a 2004 indie disco), but still a really nice festival to be at with mates.
Also, I couldn't get over my constant anger at the bitter queue. Why was everyone queing like dicks, in a straight line, like they were picking up their rations. I even saw the bar manager get annoyed and try and get peole to queue like a normal bar, but no, they stayed there in a line like right idiots. Was really easy to jump as a result.
I was there three times... twice they played 'The Chain' by Fleetwood Mac and twice they played 30 minutes + of solid 50s rock n roll, causing us to leave (Nothing against 50s rock n roll, but some variety would have been nice). And the other time they played fucking Dire Straits ('Sabotage' -> 'The Chain' -> [something decent] -> 'Sultans of Swing')
Wish I'd been there when the HDIF guys were DJing (though I suspect that was the 2004 indie disco from your perspective....)
Jeffrey Lewis set in the teepee tent, which I imagine would have stolen half of their audience.
It's never been like that before. I assumed people had been told to queue like that so I'm surprised to hear the bar manager trying to stop it.
If you were ballsy enough to just walk to the front like at a normal bar they were happy to serve you, so obviously had decided not to respect the queue themselves. Was so strange. I think a couple of "please stop queuing like dicks" signs would have brought that problem to an end.
Was one of the highlights of the festival. So much positive energy coming off the stage you just couldn't believe it.
so were Jeff Lewis, John Grant, Midlake, Cold Specks, First Aid Kit and more, really enjoyed Futureheads on the Thursday night too. Patti Smith wasn't the best. At least it stayed dry a fair chunk of the time and my car wasn't lodged in a muddy field.
my first time at the festival, fucking loved it.
other highlights: The Antlers, Grizzly Bear, Graham Coxon, Anna Calvi, Futureheads, Alt-J, First Aid Kit and SAVAGES.
OH MY SAVAGES!
They sound very good, and the guitarist is excellent, but they don't really have the songs. Plus I don't think they will be able to escape the Siouxsie & the Banshees / Joy Division comparisons.
Is Coxon back on the sauce?
the first one (the one he kicked at his guitarist) looked a lot like lager. Did a bit of a double take when I saw it.
Loved the festival. Could have done with a slight musical change of pace at times, but, generally it was brilliant.
Patti Smith was incredible, relt like a real legend with great songs.
Tindersticks were great, I'd never seen them before and was quite blown away by how good they were. Really enjoyed Richard Buckner too, never heard of him but he was fantastic in rootsy, wilcoy, kind of way.
Will be ordering early bird tickets for next year. The perfect festival.
I knew she'd deliver, and she did. Grandaddy straight afterwards were as good as I could have hoped. I'm not a huge fan but I appreciate 'em, and they came across great. Only shame was the technical problems that meant they had to cut the set short.
John Grant, Midlake, The Low Anthem, Tindersticks, Cold Specks, Jeffrey Lewis and First Aid Kit were all good.
New (to me) acts that impressed me: Lawrence Arabia (who also gets points for using every second of his allocated time by playing 90s of a song at the end); Savages, Pinkunoizi, Abi Wade, Creature with the Atom Brain.
Maybe worth the hype? Alabama Shakes (technically great, not sure the songs are really up to it); Alt-J (it was WAY too hot and crowded in that tent for me).
Disappointing: Antlers ('Two' and 'Putting the Dog to Sleep' aside; I like the records but haven't really enjoyed their EoTR gigs); Woods (I feel like I should like this music but it doesn't really grab me).
Pretty good overall, and yeah it's a bit one dimensional at times, but that's the point, it's not trying to be everything to everybody. There are some good noisy/fast bands, although they're generally low down the order.
... and there was a 10 min wait while someone tried to get the G-daddy projector to work (F5! F5!!!). In the end the lack of visuals for Grandaddy didnt matter a jot I dont think, but yeah I reckon a song or 2 got knocked off the set list.
Agree on the Antlers. Still massively into Burst Apart and revisiting Hospice but I think their sound was lost on the woods stage - should have been support or headline in the big top.
this is what we missed due to the stupid fucking curfew:
So You'll Aim Towards the Sky
Summer Here Kids
Here (Pavement Cover)
it was them taking too long to set up, presumably due to the broken projector thing. But yes, ouch.
we were shouting for Summer Here Kids, thought it was odd they didn't play it. But yeh, they did come on 25 min late because they were trying to fix their OHP.
Their set was quite something and easily my festival highlight but the lack of Summer Here Kids was very much noticed.
Fucking projector cunt.
thought they came across incredibly well.
They were the reason I went and they had a stunning set - most of their bigger tunes from Software slump and Sumday and a nice scattering from Under the Western Freeway. A lot of love from the crowd too. Agree that elsewhere the stages seemed quite flat or samey... not much energy to a lot of the bands but I guess thats what you get for what is essentially an alt-folk festival within an English Heritage-funded historic garden. Other high points were Midlake - though they took about 4 songs to get their groove on I think, John Grant (who oozed loveliness), Veronica Falls, Grahame Coxon, Anna Calvi and some crckin lunchtime openers in the Big Top that blew the cobwebs away before the inoffesive folk kicked off in earnest.
Fuck knows what was going on with people queing for ale... we just hit the Oranjeboom with the occasional Whitstable ale to mix it up a bit.
Oh, and that pucket board game... did anyone else have a go on that? Addictive shit but 40 notes for a board tells me that there was a bit of money floating around site.
was ready to take on the master.... then the next day I just completely lost my mojo and couldn't face the challenge.
Also anybody else meet John Grant? He is so fucking lovely to talk to and was so kind to my girlfriend and I.
Took the kids for their first festival outing so I spent a fair bit of time at our tent/in the garden making masks listening to bands from afar, but I was loving:
Grandaddy (saw half at the front, heard half back at the tent with tired daughter but will make up for that tonight)
Dirty Three (AMAZING)
Midlake (for four songs same reason as above)
Deep Dark Woods
John Grant (great swearing)
The hot cider
My daughter's first CD being a signed Alabama Shakes album
not quite as incredible as the first few, but still far and away my favourite festival of the summer. Friday was inevitably one-paced, but though Saturday and Sunday were excellent in terms of music. Grizzly Bear and Grandaddy nailed it as headliners, Beach House not so much. Most of the highlights were in the Big Top, Islet especially. Jonathan Wilson's late night show in the Tipi was pretty awesome too. Dirty Three, Antlers, First Aid Kit, Patrick Watson all very enjoyable. As with every year, pissing around in the woods, drunken croquet, amazing comedy stage, playing all the games, showeraoke etc was blinding fun
Had a total blast with some of my bestest friends and saw some cracking performances:
Still Corners - good album, great live performance. Much better than I thought they'd be
I break horses - utterly brilliant and blew me away
Our Broken Garden - real shame the played in the tipi stage as it's not the right atmosphere for them but they were very good
Veronica Falls - very good indeed!
Beach House - totally brilliant! Second time I've seen them and loved it. The new stuff off of Bloom sounded very good live.
Dark Dark Dark - very good as usual
The Antlers - right down the front and they were brilliant. Cried through most of the set. Gutted they didn't play Silvia but you can't have everything!
Jeff Lewis - awesome as always :)~ Saw his lower key performance in the tipi tent later and was really pleased that he did a few multimedia performances too.
Grizzly Bear - excellent headliners. Really enjoyed the new songs and the excellent awkwardness of finishing early and asking the audience to vote for the last song.
First Aid Kit - just lovely. Most fun I had at a set for some time and their nice rocking out made me laugh for the rest of the day. Wanted to take them home as pets.
Patti Smith - seeing a living legend can often be a bad thing but she was immense. My friend had been a fan since 1975 and was suitably happy at the performance.
Lovely weather overall, when it rained I went to the cinema and watched The Muppets and The Princes Bride. Great!
My only gripe at the whole experience was they needed more showers but that's very minor considering how much fun I had :)~
Will definitely go again
I was the weird prick in the field shampooing and pouring cold water over my head out of a bottle.
Quite near to Tangerine Fields, yeah?