· By Dylan Hayes
End Of The Road > Two Tribes Summer Festival Recap (Part 3)
At the start of September, we returned to the idyllic Larmer Tree Gardens on the Wiltshire/Dorset border in Southern England - for the truly special, End of the Road Festival.
The festival is known for its eclectic lineup of music, which includes a mix of indie rock, folk, Americana, cosmic jazz and more. Celebrating it's 17th anniversary in 2022, End of the Road Festival has a loyal legion of fans and regularly sells out as soon as tickets go on sale.
The fans trust the organisers to thoughtfully program a high calibre schedule of musical acts each year - but one of the biggest attractions at this festival is the range of quality food and drinks producers offering punters a truly quality gastronomic adventure. We were glad to once again be invited to particupate.
Attendees can also shop at a range of market stalls, with vintage clothes, beauty products, gifts, records and merch all available to purchase. A 'healing garden' allows people to take some time to "soothe their bodies into their premium celebratory state".
We brought our team of Fire Kitchen chefs direct from their stint at We Out Here Festival in the Cambridgeshire countryside to End of the Road - for a second week of fun and frivolity. Two Tribes CAMPFIRE Head Chef Sam Deighton developed another menu of succulent barbecue dishes designed to please both meat lovers and vegans alike.
Our beers were available across all bars at End of the Road. We also set up our own Two Tribes experience in between the Garden Stage and the Wonderlands Lawn - underneath a gorgeous workshed where peacocks can often be spotted roosting.
Our frequent collaborators from Voices Radio helped to program our entertainment offering, with a mix of DJs selected to match the music on offer at this years festival. DJ's played at our activation from 4pm to 2am from Friday to Sunday.
This year's festival were headlined by American alt-rock legends, Pixies, and indie-folk favourites, Fleet Foxes. Dividing audience opinion with the headline slot on the opening night were Khruangbin - the undisputed champions of chill in 2022 known for their dreamlike, cosmic funk guitar tunes.
End of the Road Festival isn't all about the main stage, however. The real magic happens on secret stages which pop up in random areas - where artists perform unannounced in front of small and intimate crowds.
One such special moment was on Friday evening at our own Two Tribes area, when DJ Dilys packed out our entire activation space with about 200 people eager to dance to his mix of indie rock and disco at midnight. We were chuffed to get a mention of this type energy in Uncut Magazine's roundup of highlights of things spotted at End of the Road Festival.
Our team had a few moments to take breaks and explore a bit of what was on offer. Highlights for us included jazz musician and spoken word poet, Alabaster DePlume, who performed a highly emotional set on the Garden Stage where he reminded us to not forget that we are precious.
Newcomers Jockstrap blew our minds during their show on The Boat Stage, with their breakthrough track '50/50' definitely living to the hype.
During a quiet mid-afternoon wander on Sunday through the Woodland Library, we stumbled across Kurt Vile playing a solo, acoustic set ahead of his Main Stage performance. His soft vocals washed over a crowd of about 100 people in this woodland dell. Truly special.
The heavens finally opened towards midnight on Sunday, marking the end of British summer - and an incredible festival season for Two Tribes Brewery.
We can't wait to do it all again in 2023.