"3..2..1..Welcome to End of the Road 2012!" Even the countdown to something as mundane as the opening of the campsite is treated with love and care by the organisers of End of the Road, still the most wondrous music festival this blogger has had the privilege to attend over the years. From legendary poet/author/rocker Patti Smith's "secret" woodland reading on the tiny piano stage to Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard getting her groove on outside The Somerset Cider Bus amongst festival die-hards, End of the Road 2012 will again provide the perfect goodbye letter to an underwhelming Summer, serving up a platter of wonderful festival memories in the process.
*The main stages do not open on Thursday
|Abi Wade - courtesy of EG Photography|
Olympians, not the easiest band to research given the year that's in it, complete a trio of groups selected via the band application process with the Norwich newbies showing some promise with impressive guitar work and alternating rhythms and tempos. It is at this stage the realisation dawns that not much food has been consumed since setting out from Cork on Wednesday night so the Tipi is hungrily abandoned to explore the delights and treats of the foodstalls and boy is the standard set high at an early stage of the weekend; Ladies and gentlemen take note of Hedgerow, purveyors of the greatest waffle known to man, more specifically the PM Waffle. Spinach, feta cheese, pesto, angel wings, salad and angie's peas+ all topped off with a fried egg. Yes..a fried egg. Simply amazing stuff. So much so, that more than one onlooker comments on how great said waffle looks but also proceeds take a photograph. Oddly enough I am served a spoon to eat this godly bowl of decadence. Mmmmm...
+one of these may not actually have been an ingredient but it could have been...
Waffle wanderings and Cider Bus dawdlings mean I miss multi-talented King Charles's performance but feedback is positive for the Londoner who has been making quite a name for himself whilst touring with contemporary folk overlords Mumford & Sons and Laura Marling.
|Courtesy of EG Photography|
For more on End of the Road visit:
- End of the Road 2012 took place in Larmer Tree Gardens from 30th August to the 2nd September
- Early bird tickets for 2013 are now on sale
- Visit www.endoftheroadfestival.com for more details
- For more photos see EG Photography