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Pixies, Fleet Foxes, Bright Eyes & Khruangbin headline End of the Road 2022

Perfume Genius, Aldous Harding, Kurt Vile & The Violators, The Magnetic Fields and Lucy Dacus are also on the bill

By Joe Goggins

The Woods stage at End of the Road festival
End of the Road (Photo: Burak Cingi)

Pixies, Fleet Foxes, Bright Eyes and Khruangbin will headline the 2022 edition of End of the Road festival.

The U.S. bands will top a typically stacked bill at the Dorset event in September, with the line-up also including the likes of Perfume Genius, Aldous Harding, Kurt Vile & The Violators, The Magnetic Fields and Lucy Dacus.

Pixies had already been confirmed for this year’s festival last September; like Bright Eyes, they had been due to appear at Larmer Tree Gardens in 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic put paid to that year’s instalment.

Last year, a sold-out festival went ahead with COVID restrictions having been eased, albeit with a lineup that focused heavily on home-grown talent with International travel largely precluding the involvement of overseas acts.

The lineup poster for End of the Road festival 2022

Highlights included headline sets from Stereolab, Hot Chip, Sleaford Mods and King Krule, the late addition of Damon Albarn to Friday’s offering, and a special set from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood that saw him bring his revered catalogue of film scores to life. The Guardian called the event a “life-affirming live experience” in a five-star review.

The 2022 festival looks set to have a considerably more global flavour, with the usual blend of rock and indie folk accentuated by the likes of Tinariwen, Circuit Des Yeux and Gabriels. Hyped up-and-comers on the bill include Dehd, Bingo Fury, NewDad and Los Bitchos. The festival takes pace from September 1st to 4th at its usual site on the boundary of Wiltshire and north Dorset. Tickets are on sale now.

Speaking about the 2022 lineup, festival founder Simon Taffe said: “I’m beyond excited about our 2022 lineup, which features artists we’ve been asking to play since 2006 and includes some of the greatest songwriters of all time in my opinion. It really feels like this is the summer all festivals have been waiting for, a summer three years in the making for some. We have all been through a lot together and it feels good to be back, and to finally be able to dance with friends and artists from all over the world again.”