End of The Road is a festival that knows itself well. Where an increasingly packed-out festival season calendar has led some of the big hitters to existential crises, End of the Road’s thirteenth edition looked more secure than ever.
Topping the bill was a perfect trio for the Dorset festival with St Vincent, Vampire Weekend and Feist headlining across the weekend. Each brought a different energy to the rolling hills of Larmer Tree Gardens. Annie Clark and co bristled with politically charged bangers, Vampire Weekend returned to the UK for the first time in four years with a frantic tour of their back catalogue, though sadly, no new music while Feist closed the fest with a simultaneously haunting and light-hearted set that spanned her more than a decade-long career.
However, despite the indie-star power leading the line-up, the real star of End of The Road was the politics. Festivals have always been fertile breeding ground for left-wing ideals, yet at this year’s End of The Road, ideas of openness and tolerance were centre stage wherever you looked.