Brakes bring festival season to a close at End Of The Road

Noah And The Whale, Richard Hawley also perform in Dorset

Brakes closed End Of The Road Festival last night (September 15) with an epic 25-song set.

This weekend festival (September 13-15) saw bands including Mercury Rev, Conor Oberst and British Sea Power play in the Larmer Tree Gardens in Dorset.

Brakes performed songs off their albums ‘Give Blood’ and ‘The Beatific Visions’, including crowd favourites ‘Hi, How Are You?’ and ‘I Can’t Stand To Stand Beside You’, as well as new material.

The audience danced and waved feathers from the site’s peacocks in the air as the band played ‘Spring Chicken’.

Later, ‘All Night Disco Party’ began with the crowd and stage in complete darkness, before bright disco lights were turned on.

Singer Eamon Hamilton then brought his wife, who he married days before the festival, onstage to sing a version of ‘Jackson’ with him, and the band closed the set with ‘Comma, Comma, Comma, Full Stop’.

Elsewhere over the weekend, Noah And The Whale took to the stage in sunglasses to perform their Top Ten hit ‘Five Years Time’, as the sun came out on the Saturday and brought an end to a very wet and muddy start to the festival endured on its opening day.

Despite the mixed conditions, many of the acts seemed to enjoy the event – which allows acts to play longer sets than at other festivals – with Richard Hawley even telling the crowd during his set: “I’ve been doing festivals for 15 years and this is without a doubt the best.”

New music was showcased throughout the weekend with former Moldy Peaches singer Kimya Dawson playing songs from her new album for children ‘Alphabutt’, while Lonely Ghosts proved a hit with the crowd, who squeezed into the Bimble Inn tent to see Tom Denney from Help She Can’t Swim‘s new project.