End of the Road Festival is fast approaching, tickets are completely sold out and with a line-up of such impressive musical calibre and headline acts like Modest Mouse, Yo la Tengo and Wilco for you to gawp at, that is no surprise.
We are looking forward to catching sets from Iron and Wine, The Low Anthem and of course, Edwyn Collins. We also know that End of the Road offers a whole lot more in terms of lesser known independent acts and upcoming performers who have that little something special.
We have selected five acts that we feel will be little golden nuggets of joy at this years EOTR (in alphabetical order, we simply couldn’t rank them!):
Caitlin Rose – myspace.com/caitlinrosesongs
Creature saw Caitlin perform during the summer and we were impressed by bags of country song writing talent, a great voice and a strong repertoire. This 23 year old very highly recommended by Creature. Expect assured country songs tickled with melody and emotion.
Django Django myspace.com/djangotime
One word: “Storm”. We fell in love with that song on first listen. Django Django are certainly an upcoming act with much potential. What they do is difficult to explain but a joy to listen to. Based on reviews, their set will cause us to dance our little socks off and be left with a new favourite band.
Left with Pictures myspace.com/leftwithpictures
Creature saw an intimate set from Left With Pictures a couple of months ago and we will surely be in attendance at EOTR. Folk songs with a classical edge. These guys do it differently and captivatingly, expect sweet arrangements, interesting vocals and whimsical songs such as “Professional help”.
Ra Ra riot myspace.com/rarariot – Dropped out Unfortunately.
Creature has become quite attached to Ra Ra Riot over the past few years. We are excited to see that they are at EOTR. Their arrangements have an urgency and propelling energy about them. Expect tumbling drums, uplifting strings and some intriguing lyrics. This is good to move to.
Woodpigeon – myspace.com/woodpigeon
There will no doubt be many performances from these guys throughout the weekend. Please be sure to see at least one of them, especially if you are feeling a little worse for wear, this is healing music, full of wholesome musicianship, succulent strings and sweet vocal harmonies that will calmly caress you.
Whether or not you are going to this years End of the Road Festival these acts are sure worth a listen. If you have heard them before then great, if not then soak it up, it’s the good stuff! We’ll see you at the end of the road!
This year we will be helping with Croquet (www.croqueteast.co.uk) on the lovely lawns of the Larmer Tree Gardens. If you are in attendance at the event then pop along for a relaxing game, if you managed not to make it this year then sorry to be rubbing this in. Go next year!