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End Of The Road Festival 2015 - Part three, Sunday

End Of The Road Festival 2015 - Part three, Sunday

By: Kasimiira Kontio, Photography by Thomas Rosser

When the Sunday arrived, the final day anxiety started to kick in. Still intoxicated by Sufjan Stevens’ headline show from the previous night, I felt like Nick Allbrook of POND was very much on point when I heard him yelling “This is the most wholesome fucking festival I have ever seen!” the day before. It was the final day and I felt like I was not ready to leave the green paradise of End of The Road.

When the Sunday arrived, the final day anxiety started to kick in. Still intoxicated by Sufjan Stevens’ headline show from the previous night, I felt like Nick Allbrook of POND was very much on point when I heard him yelling “This is the most wholesome fucking festival I have ever seen!” the day before. It was the final day and I felt like I was not ready to leave the green paradise of End of The Road.

One of the highlights of the final festival day was the secret set of the lyrical genius Marika Hackman who was joined on Piano stage by her friend and the festival Sunday headliner, Laura Marling. Hackman tenderly showcased her delicate lyrical work during her incredibly intimate acoustic set. Due to a lack of PA system, the songstress’ set was soon drowned by the sound of Giant Sand’s gig at a stage near by but the audience got the unique opportunity of hearing Hackman and Marling covering Foo Fighters track "Tired of You".

From one acoustic muse to another, I quickly fled to Tipi tent after Hackman's set to catch Jessica Pratt performing to a full tent. Dressed in a black polo neck and an oversized manly blazer, her minimalistic presence and delicate vocals were a nod to acoustic goddesses of the golden sixties like Joni Mitchell. Balancing between tracks from her self-titled debut album from 2012 and her 2015 release On Your Own Love Again, Pratt put on one of the most chillingly intimate shows of the festival weekend.

It is easy to tell that Mac Demarco is around when masses of dungaree and cap wearing greasy haired girls and boys can be found swarming and chain smoking in front of a stage. End of The Road was no exception. “The cult of Mac” gathered in front of the stage half an hour before their gig ready to smoke up and sing the “Ode to Viceroy”. Having seen Demarco twice before, I was anticipating yet another brilliantly bonkers performance from the king of slacker rock. I got to the stage early and found Demarco and his band completing their sound check on the stage. Fifteen minutes later, the band was back on the stage joking around and performing a solid gold set consisting of gems like “Salad Days” and “Cooking Up Something Good” as well as several tracks from his latest album Another One. As a Demarco set wouldn’t be complete without a stage dive and of course, the audience was granted one in the end of their set accompanied by an End of The Road birthday cake thrown in the audience. Musically this was the most perfected performance I’ve seen from Demarco and his band. His gap-toothed charm is alive and well and the festival audience got to see the best of him and his band.

The festival weekend finished off with stunningly performances by War on Drugs and Laura Marling. Bathing in the light, Marling arrived on the stage dressed all in white like a snow queen on this icy September night. She put together a show that jumped through time and albums, performing classics like “Rambling Man”, “Salinas” and “Ghosts”. The songstress held the audience’s attention with her quiet yet overpowering presence between songs and closed the festival with an incredible force.

Yet again, End of The Road turned out to be a celebration of new music and emerging talent frosted with a solid selection of world renowned headliners. It is easy to get intoxicated by the beauty of this festival and its killer line-up. I, for one, will definitely be coming back. Happy 10th birthday End of The Road!

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