End Of The Road wins Best Small Festival at NME Awards 2020

The Dorset bash beat off competition from the likes of Iceland Airwaves and Bluedot

End Of The Road has been named Best Small Festival at the NME Awards 2020.

The Dorset event, which takes place in early September, beat off competition from the likes of Iceland Airwaves, Kendal Calling, Bluedot and Norway’s Øya to pick up the award.

In a five-star review of 2019’s edition of the End Of The Road, NME wrote that: “It’s a balance that could only be achieved by a festival as well-crafted as End of the Road 2019, a place in which a London punk can parade around in a Texan necktie and make perfect sense and Jarvis Cocker get away with playing just the one obscure Pulp song (‘His ‘N’ Hers’). There’s a tarot card reading session with ‘cardi-ologists’ Litwitchure in the Literature Tent on Sunday afternoon, but you don’t require a gift for the supernatural to know that the future looks swell for what’s inarguably the best-curated festival of the summer.”


End Of The Road 2020 will be headlined by King Krule, Angel Olsen and Pixies, while also heralding the return of Bright Eyes. An NME review of last year’s bash called it “the most well-curated festival of the summer”.

Returning to the O2 Academy Brixton and hosted by Katherine Ryan and Julie Adenuga, the NME Awards celebrates the best of the last 12 months in music. The likes of The Cure, Foals, Robyn, Taylor Swift and Courtney Love were in attendance and honoured on the night. See the full list of winners here.

The evening also saw epic performances from the likes of The 1975FKA TwigsYungbludAJ TraceyBeabadoobie and Mura Masa and Slowthai.

Head to NME.com/awards for all the news and reaction from the big event.