End of the Road 2021 review – phones firmly in pockets at life-affirming festival

Damon Albarn

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Larmer Tree Gardens, Blandford, Dorset
From Little Simz to Richard Dawson, the indie stalwart’s 15th anniversary get together offered a joyous slice of summer time in a troublesome yr

This yr’s summer time appears to have handed with only a glimpse of sun and celebration. As Covid squeezed the standard British pageant season into just a few months, every large-scale gathering that has made it by means of the pink tape and fixed danger seems like an sudden present. Winding your approach by way of the verdant Wiltshire hills into the homely camping website for unbiased stalwart Finish of the Street, it particularly looks like you've gotten came across an unearthed treasure.

Celebrating its (delayed) 15th anniversary, the charmingly sedate and spacious weekender boasts a sometimes numerous lineup. Taking to the primary stage on a sunny Friday afternoon is 15-piece west African percussion ensemble Balimaya Project. Bandleader Yahael Camara Onono guides his group of kora players and atumpan drummers into a polyrhythmic frenzy of Mandé people compositions, difficult the rapt audience to attempt to keep up with their virtuosic sense of groove.

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