This should have been the highlight of September 2020, but it turned up in 2021. Sadly no Pixies (2022 maybe?) but the rehashed line up provided plenty to please. And it was a festival, a real happening, actually happening...
All lined up in the camper field, a few vehices away from our newish VW T5 is a VW T25 Westfalia just like our previous campervan.
First night, just after we arrived, across the camper field from us more VW campers setting up for the festival.
The walk into the centre on the first night took us past this little encampment of young people who during the festival spent a considerable amount of time sitting in this same circle.
First band we were able to catch on the Thursday night was Kikagaku Moyo, evocative of the psychedelic 60s.
The line up for Saturday confirmed no missing acts but left us with some major decisions over clashes. In the end we were going to miss out entirely on Hot Chip.
Gwenno and Rhys Edwards perform the live score from Bait. That's the movie on the screen, not Rhys...
From Ireland Jonny Dillon relaxed his early Friday audience with his wit and his guitar on the Garden Stage
The first of many encounters with peacocks who seemed not to mind the proximity of people or the music volumes!
Jenny Collier, compere on the Talking Heads comedy stage, ushering audience from the back to fill seats at the front, an offer which we took up.
Ignacio Lopez - Not a folk singer but a very funny Spanish comedian who we spent a half hour with in the 'Talking Heads' stage in the woods at End of the Road festival. What was disconcerting was that he probably knows more Welsh than me!
They were not using stilts, merely navigating the many seated at the Garden Stage at the early end of the day.
The extensive real ale offering at End of the Road Festival 2021 - and a few ciders too. Near 50 on offer here!
I turned up with my reusable pint beaker from Latitude Festival 2014. This is a fine pint of Downton Quadhop.
If there's one thing that I imagined would not be a burden in luggage then that would have been a pack of roll ups!
Vanishing Twin - one of a few bands that I just captured a snippet of because of damned but inevitable clashes.
Unfortunately clashing with Damon Albarn, we did spend 20 minutes with this year's Mercury Prize winner Arlo Parks, but it was to be from a distance.
John Grant - so emotionally powerful headlining in the arena of the garden stage. Two fantastic band members, thousands in the audience and the sound was superb.