EOTR festival 2010

Festival review by Aline Giordano

EOTR 2010Like the previous years I came to the End Of The Road festival (EOTR) to enjoy bands I had been longing to see for a while, bands I was keen to see again, or bands I simply wanted to discover live. And there were the bands I didn’t even know existed until I paid them a visit on the spur of the moment.

There is something self-indulgent about snubbing Iron and Wine playing on the main stage to go and check out an unknown quantity like Heidi Spencer and the Rare Birds in the tipi tent or even choosing Adam Green over Wilco. We feel spoilt, like kids in a candy shop. There are so many great bands to see/listen to. Saturday night in particular felt like a marathon. Going from stage to stage to catch a glimpse of the funkiness of Yo La Tengo, the rawness of Wintersleep and the self-assuredness of Black Mountain who were all playing in the same time slot.

The place was buzzing with people who enjoy listening to music and more to the point listening to my kind of music. Artists were on stage one minute and listening to other bands the next. They mingled with the crowd. I shook hands with a cool (and scruffy) Jarvis Cocker who was standing by the puppet show tent full of attentive children. I gave him my business card. I bet you it’ll end up in the filter of a washing machine somewhere between London and Paris, but it was a pleasure and an honour introducing myself to Mr Cocker and taking his photo.

I feel in my element at the End of The Road Festival. The food available is not only tasty (and sometimes even organic) but it also caters for any diet, my vegan gluten-free one included! I feel in my element also because of the quality and diversity of music that’s on offer. Friday afternoon, I was clapping to the country-rock of Elliott Brood who gave an energetic performance that enthused the crowd. Later, I was dancing to the post-punk noise of The Wolf Parade, and to the post-electro beats of The Errors Sunday night. And in between I very much enjoyed the more traditional northern folk of The Unthanks, the lo-fi Mountain Goats and the melodic Lanterns On The Lake.

And then there was the truly magical moment: Last year I fell in love with Okkervil River and this year it was with the Felice Brothers who delivered a masterful and gargantuesque show. It was beautiful, moving, uplifting and absorbing. Imagine the lyrical depth and realism of Richmond Fontaine. Imagine the moving delivery of Shane McGowan and Tom Waits. Add a fair dose of fiddle, accordion and great little toe-tapping numbers and you get Americana at its finest.

The fifth iteration of the End of The Road Festival set in the beautiful Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset (UK) was, as usual, a very relaxed atmosphere and a very enjoyable festival experience.

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Photograph © Aline Giordano 2010