Saturday, March 11, 2017

End hits

It's looking like another year without a summer festival for me, but if it was feasible then End Of The Road would certainly be among the most attractive, with a line-up that now includes Japandroids, PWR BTTM, Blank Mass, Waxahatchee, Bill Callahan and Fat White Family side project The Moonlandingz alongside the likes of The Jesus & Mary Chain, Ty Segall, Car Seat Headrest, Parquet Courts, Perfume Genius, Deerhoof and Nadine Shah.

Meanwhile, Truck has become significantly more palatable with the addition of Pumarosa, Honeyblood, Dream Wife, The Moonlandingz, Kamikaze Girls, Alpha Male Tea Party and Barn favourites Pulled Apart By Horses. That the bill bears some similarities to that for the Y Not Festival in Derbyshire - including Idris Elba - is unsurprising given that the same organisers are behind both. At least punters in Oxfordshire don't have to endure Stereofuckingphonics.

The award for the oddest bill of 2017 might well go to Bearded Theory, also in Derbyshire, which will see The Fall line up alongside Cast, Transglobal Underground, Skunk Anansie, The Sugarhill Gang, New Model Army and Glasvegas. Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't suppose there are many Fall fans who would fork out to see their heroes in that company, or many non-Fall fans who will bother to watch them.

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