Today - End of the Road festival have announced In The Garden of Streaming, a virtual event to mark the festival weekend, which along with many festivals has been cancelled this year due to Covid 19.
On Sunday 6th September from 6.30pm you can watch performances from Squid, Billy Nomates, Katy J Pearson, The Golden Dregs and Modern Woman. There’s also be a collaborative improvisation with drummers Morgan from Black Midi and Kwake Bass alongside various workshops and Q and A’s. It’s not a pay per view, it’s free but they are encouraging contributions towards covering costs with 20 per cent of proceeds going to the Coda Music Trust.
End of the Road is a pretty special festival, it takes place annually at Larmer Tree Gardens in Dorset with an always very 6 Friendly line up.
Previous headliners include Father John Misty, St Vincent, Michael Kiwanuka and Metronomy.
Pixies, Aldous Harding, Little Simz and King Krule were among artists booked for this year’s event.
One of the last festivals of the summer - it’s usually a place where artists that have made a name for themselves that year tend to have really memorable shows.
This happened to Squid last year - a lot of buzz around their electric live sets was building over the summer with the word spreading around the festival and so people flooding into the tents across three sets to see them.
They went on to make the BBC Sound of 2020 list and are signed to Warp Records, they've recently been working on their debut album with producer Dan Carey and shared two new releases in aid of the Bristol food bank charity, their cover of Robert Wyatt’s Pigs – which actually was recorded at End of the Road – and a take on Steve Reich’s Clapping Song.
I spoke to Louis from the band for BBC 6 Music to find out more about the End of the Road streamed event and their relationship with the festival…