I’m just back from my fourth End of the Road Festival, where I’ve seen more than 40 artists across all musical genres and with only the fact they make music in 2015 in common.
I must have heard nearly 300 songs and only 2 cover versions (bizarrely Johnny B Good and Atmosphere). Unfashionably, I reckon 2015 will be the best year for music, and will happily quote a dozen pieces of music I heard this week to make that point.
This year the food and beer were their usual high standard, and some new areas of Larmer Gardens were opened up to the public to see the lake and grotto in all their glory. There were peacocks too.
I had two particular highlights this year. I rarely watch films, but took the opportunity to see Nuts in May and Dig ! in the festival cinema. They are two of the funniest things I’ve seen, with Mike Leigh’s 1975 BBC commission looking like a template for The Office 25 years later.
Ultimately though, it was Cranborne Chase itself which provided the best memories, with some great walks in the morning sun south and east of Shaftesbury, a rare part of the country I knew little about.