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For me the music didn’t really get going until the Sunday when Magnolia Electric Co, Neko Case and Richmond Fontaine performed. The festival however was absolutely brilliant from the moment we arrived. End of the Road has a beautifully relaxed atmosphere, no sneaking of beers into Carling sponsored arenas here.

It is also set in the nicest location of any festival I have been to with so many areas to explore such as the fairy lighted woods, tiny woodland disco and Peacock garden area, all in the beautiful Larmer Tree Gardens in Dorset. Here’s some photos from a weekend graced with perfect weather.

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Country Rock Sunday, Cowboy shirts and Steve Earle

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Treecreeper in the Tipi Tent

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Magnolia Electric Co

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The Garden Stage had to be closed for the rather over hyped Fleet Foxes

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Peacocks roam the gardens, true to reputation showing off to the crowds.

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Sunset

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One of the many 19th Century constructions in the gardens

Musically highlights in no particular order:

  1. Richmond Fontaine
  2. Neko Case
  3. Magnolia Electric Co
  4. Low Anthem
  5. Steve Earle
  6. The Hold Steady

My only gripes where that the sound could have been a lot louder and all those people taking up all the Garden stage space with their fold out chairs. Those minor niggles aside makes for a truly outstanding festival experience.

Benedict Adam

Trying to travel with the ethos of a backpacker, no matter of budget, whether I'm across the other side of the world or over the road.