Traditionally the last festival of the season in the UK, End of the Road is one final hurrah at the close of a long, fun-filled summer.
Held at the idyllic Larmer Tree Gardens, just on the border of north Dorset and Wiltshire, the festival is known for its roaming peacocks and welcoming village atmosphere, as well as an eclectic line up of music, artists, comedians and spoken word.
Ever since its inception back in 2006, End of the Road festival has always found room for the very finest in country and Americana; Ryan Adams performed the first year of the festival, and Josh T. Pearson, Jason Molina, Lambchop, Steve Earle, Neko Case, Justin Townes Earle, John Moreland, Tyler Childers, Margo Price and Colter Wall have all appeared since.
This year is no exception. Read on for our pick of the 5 Acts to See at End of the Road Festival 2023.
The unstoppable country force kicks off his European tour with a highly anticipated set at End of the Road, which is sure to see him and his trusty Blue Drifters bring their crooning Americana and blues from the American south straight to the heart of Larmer Tree Gardens. Take it from us Crockett stans here at Holler - this performance is not one to be missed.
Sunday, Woods Stage, 15:45 - 16:45
A cross-genre favourite, Angel Olsen continues her European tour with a stop off at End of the Road to headline the Garden Stage on Friday night. With a discography that spans Americana, indie folk, rock and country (Olsen's heavenly yodel, particularly on records like Half Way Home and Burn Your Fire, is something to behold), this performance will offer something for everyone and promises to be utterly captivating.
Friday, Garden Stage, 21:45 - 23:00
Dundalk, Ireland-hailing seven-piece The Mary Wallopers sing trad folk odes to devilry and drink for a new generation, bringing energetic new life to Irish ballads. Their Friday evening set is undoubtedly going to spur the night's revelries and encourage copious amounts of beer to be sloshed into the Dorset heavens. Time to get rowdy.
Friday, Garden Stage, 18:15 - 19:15
A standout of Nashville's alt-country scene, Caitlin Rose calls upon melancholy Americana, up-tempo indie and a touch of psychedelia in her witty and world-weary songs. Rose will be warming up the Garden Stage ahead of Allah-Lahs and Ezra Furman on Sunday, so unless you're headed to the wild sounds of King Giz, your final evening is well and truly set.
Sunday, Garden Stage, 18:15 - 19:15
Kicking things off on Thursday night, Wilco will make their welcome return to End of the Road following Jeff Tweedy's set of “phenomenal acoustic outtakes” in 2018 and a Line of Best Fit secret set in 2019. On their latest album, 2022's Cruel Country, Wilco returned to their alt-country roots, offering astute reflections on America.
Thursday, Woods Stage, 21:15 - 22:45