We’re gonna start with a hand-on- heart declaration: we absolutely love End of The Road. Right at the end of the UK festival season it always wraps up the year in the most glorious and celebratory style. Everything from the beautiful site, to the unique on-site atmosphere to the always mesmerising line-up is the perfect way to sign-off from a summer of tents, tins and toasties (we’re coming for you, Cheese Truck). Obviously we can’t wait to see the likes of St. Vincent, Gruff Rhys, Tirzah, Hookworms, Big Thief, James Holden and Gwenno but there’s so much more going on beyond our already-favourites. So here, EoTR take over our stereo to give us the low-down on what to look out for when Late Junction, BBC Radio 3’s adventurous late night show, returns to the festival for a second year to curate Friday evening on the Tipi Stage, selecting five varied acts from across left field who will perform and host talks at the festival.
Moor Mother is the experimental music project of musician, poet and visual artist, Camae Ayewa. Using samples, spoken word and free jazz to bend definitions of rap and channel a new vision of the afrofuturism of fellow Philadelphia artist Sun Ra. Moor Mother’s electrifying live show bristles with energy, mixing protest and time-travel in a whirlwind of noise and poetry. A definite highlight of the Late Junction programme and the festival as a whole, you’re unlikely to witness anything else like it.
As well as his main performance on the Garden Stage, Ethio jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke will be giving a special talk for Late Junction on the Piano Stage. From the village to the vanguard, it will be a fascinating journey, tracing Ethiopia’s influence on Western music from Debussy to Charlie Parker, Beyoncé and beyond.
Topping the bill will be ten-piece psychedelic Sudanese ensemble The Scorpios. First arriving in the UK in the 1980s as refugees, the band are now truly an international affair consisting of members from all over the world from Ghana, Jamaica, Poland, Japan and beyond. Influenced by traditional Sudanese songs and 60s pop, their exhilarating blend of Eastern funk and Arabic rhythms will have everyone in the Tipi on their feet.
Having recorded with Xiu Xiu and Former Ghosts among many others, American Multi-instrumentalist, composer and academic Annie Lewandowski is the beating heart of experimental pop outfit Powerdove. Alongside band members Thomas Bonvalet and Chad Popple, she references everything from the classical avant garde, 1970s prog folk, free improvisation and 1980s post-punk.
ZIMPEL / ZIOLEK
These two leading multi-instrumentalists from Poland’s fertile underground make their festival debut at End Of The Road. Fusing the modern jazz minimalism of clarinetist Waclaw Zimpel with Kuba Ziolek’s hypnotic guitar work, the duo’s extraordinary record What Goes Around is a masterclass in musicianship and will be equally astounding to witness it live.
In other important news, don’t miss our Silent Disco on the Saturday night of End Of The Road, August 30th – September 2nd.