Isn't it nice to know that some festival organizers give a toss about the music these days? I'm thinking of the Green Man Festival, The Big Chill, Bearded Theory and the End of the Road, the latter of which have just announced the line-up for the 2010 bash, due to take place from September 10th to the 12th.
Situated in deepest Dorset and right on the Wiltshire border, the Larmer Tree Gardens (complete with parrots and peacocks) site has hosted a few jolly festivals aimed at those people who actually want to go for the music rather than drugs, advertising boards, drugs, £5 cans of lager and fighting. This is reflected in the line-up ..and not a bad start when you see the head-liners just announced .
Wilco, The Mountain Goats, The Unthanks [who are also playing the same venue for the Larmer Tree Festival in July - Ed], Black Mountain, Low Anthem, Felice Brothers and Ladyhawk (without the E) are all in the mix, bringing a welter of acoustic, Americana, folk and rock to the slopes of Shaftsbury (well, within a long walk from that town anyway). There will be many more acts announced as there were over 100 at last year's shindig including Brakes, Alela Diane, Mumford & Sons and Steve Earle.
Tickets are available now and cost £130 for the weekend (this also includes camping since you will be a fair old trek from Shaftsbury, Gillingham or Salisbury), £120 for weekend youths (13-17 with adult), £50 for children (6 - 12 with adult) with young children (5 and under with adult) going for free. If you want to take a campervan or caravan, then it's £45 for the pass. The car park is a fiver (paid on the day).
There are normally four music stages, a comedy stage, a cinema, loads for kids and plenty of local grub and booze. Yeah!
Oh, and we will keep you informed of any big names added to the bill (and maybe littler names as well).