It’s finally End of the Road week – and we’re beyond excited for what’s surely one of the best line ups of the 2017 festival circuit! There’s so many of our favourite artists and bands performing at this year’s festival that it’d be a bit of a struggle to name them all for you. Instead, we’ve singled out ten acts over the weekend who we think you’d be mad to miss:
SLOWDIVE: 21:30 – 22:45 // THE WOODS
One of the pioneers of shoegaze and dream pop, Slowdive made an effortlessly triumphant return earlier this year with a critically acclaimed self-titled album and live show. In what is a seriously brilliant coup of a booking, the Reading quintet will open the festival on the Woods Stage on Thursday night. Expect a dreamy start to one of the dreamiest festivals in the UK.
Honourable Mentions: The Moonlandingz (19:45-20:45 // THE WOODS), Bo Ningen (21:45-22:45 // TIPI TENT)
JULIE BYRNE: 13:30 – 14:15 // GARDEN STAGE
One of the phenomenal highlights of Great Escape, Julie Byrne will be bringing her exceptionally beautiful collection of songs to the Garden Stage on Friday afternoon. Sublimely intimate and wonderfully poetic, January’s Not Even Happiness still stands as one of the unquestionable folk/country records of the year so far. Byrne will make for an uplifting and totally captivating start to proceedings.
KELLY LEE OWENS: 15:45 – 16:30 // BIG TOP
Kelly Lee Owens sits somewhere in between minimal techno, ambiance and ghostly dream-pop. Nine years ago, she was working as a nurse on a cancer ward in Manchester – and now cites the period as having inspired her to make music. Such is the earthly sampling and unpredictable fluidity of Owens’ self-titled debut record, there are points the music seems to take on an almost living-breathing quality. If your schedule allows it, don’t miss her bringing her album of ethereally mesmerising songs to life.
MAC DEMARCO: 21:30 – 23:00 // THE WOODS
Fifth studio release This Old Dog saw an emotionally open Mac DeMarco at his most reflective, worried and personal. With much of Mac’s record revolving around the physical decline of his father and their troubled relationship, it presented a disarmingly frank and contemplative side to DeMarco that’s often overlooked. But irrespective of the notable maturing of Mac Demarco’s music, if there’s one thing you can guarantee from any set of his today, it’s that it’ll get weird; if Primavera was anything to go by, expect nudity, singed pubic hairs – and lots of terrifyingly manic laughter.
Honourable Mentions: Goat Girl (13:15 – 14:00 // BIG TOP), Margaret Glaspy (15:45 – 16:45 // THE WOODS), Ryley Walker (16:30 – 17:30 // GARDEN STAGE), Parquet Courts (17:30 – 18:30 // THE WOODS), Real Estate (19:15 – 20:30 // THE WOODS), Jens Lekman (20:00 – 21:00 // GARDEN STAGE), Ultimate Painting (20:30 – 21:30 // BIG TOP)
COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS: 13:30 – 14:15 // GARDEN STAGE
Another artist leading the mainstream country revival, Courtney Marie Andrews has seen her sixth studio album bring her the widespread recognition that she has long deserved. A triumph of a traditional country album, Honest Life is seeped with references to hard-working lives, bar jukeboxes and life on the road. Such is the sense of mature experience in the shimmering quality of her songs, it’s really hard to believe Courtney Marie is only twenty-six. A perfect way to start your Saturday – and most definitely one not to miss.
MOSES SUMNEY: 14:45 – 15:45 // GARDEN STAGE
Moses Sumney’s Aromanticism, a concept album about lovelessness as a sonic dreamscape, is set for release September 22nd. Recent singles ‘Quarrel’ and ‘Doomed’ are characterised by phenomenal, drifting vocals and crescendoing, jazzy instrumentation. Both impressively expansive tracks have received lots of much deserved critical attention – and point to what could be a tremendous debut full-length record. This promises to be a atmospheric mid-afternoon display on the Garden Stage.
FATHER JOHN MISTY: 21:30 – 23:00 // THE WOODS
Releasing Pure Comedy in April under moniker Father John Misty, Joshua Tillman is the perfect man to headline Saturday night at End of the Road. Now three albums in, Pure Comedy was his most ambitious and grand – both in terms of orchestration and topic. In recent live performances, a huge backing band including a string quartet has joined Tillman on stage. With added bonus of impeccable vocals, a large catalogue of superb songs, boundless charisma and a wicked sense of humour, a Father John Misty live show has it all. A likely weekend highlight.
Honourable Mentions: Sinkane (14:15 – 15:00 // The Woods), Bill Ryder-Jones (15:45 – 16:45 // The Woods), Alvvays (17:30 – 18:30 // The Woods), Let’s Eat Grandma (18:45 – 19:45 // Big Top), Car Seat Headrest (20:00 – 21:00 // Garden Stage), Ty Segall (21:45 – 23:00 // Garden Stage), Loud & Quiet Presents: Father John Misty’s Midnight Mass (23:00 – 01:00 // Disco Ship)
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER: 13:45 – 14:45 // THE WOODS
With three singer-guitarists at the helm, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever’s songs are often driven by a vibrant franticity. Placed atop of jangling guitar, vocals from Tom Russo, Fran Keaney, and Joe White feel unpredictably interchangeable and naturally spontaneous. Second EP The French Press is bright, bold and irresistibly sunny; expect more of the same when the Melbourne band take to The Woods stage on Sunday.
ALEX CAMERON: 15:30 – 16:15 // BIG TOP
Alex Cameron’s superb and hilarious Jumping the Shark (2013) formed a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek tale of deadbeats, weirdos and creeps. Aside from the comical characterisation and sardonic overtones, the building synth-pop and stirring melodies of the songs themselves sound lovely. Toying with the authentic image of a failed entertainer, Cameron’s soothing baritone will have you laughing as much as you’re enjoying his Sunday afternoon performance.
AMADOU & MARIAM: 19:15 – 20:30 // THE WOODS
It’s always a joy to have Malian legends Amadou and Mariam back in the UK. With over 40 years of experience, “the blind couple from Mali” bring with them their unmistakably euphoric disco synth grooves. Just be there.
Honourable Mentions: Lowly (11:45 – 12:15 // Big Top), Vaudou Game (12:00 – 12:45 // Garden Stage), Honey Hahs (12:30 – 13:00 // Tipi Tent), Nadia Reid (14:45 – 15:30 // Tipi Tent), Julia Jacklin (16:30 – 17:15 // Garden Stage), Foxygen (17:30 – 18:30 // The Woods), Girl Ray (19:45 – 20:30 // Tipi Tent), Perfume Genius (19:45 – 20:45 // Garden Stage), Marika Hackman (21:00 – 22:00 // Tipi Tent), The Jesus & Mary Chain (21:30 – 23:00 // The Woods), Bill Callahan (21:30 – 23:00 // Garden Stage)