As far as spectacles go, The Flaming Lips still go that extra mile. Their headline set on the Woods Stage at End Of The Road tonight (Saturday) is the most colourful and psychedelic I've ever seen at the festival, perhaps ever seen full-stop.
One of the highlights of Saturday so far is Cate Le Bon, performing with her three-piece band on the Garden Stage. The vast majority of the set is taken from last year's excellent Mug Museum, and that album's brittle, angular cuts like "I Can't Help You" are the most exciting of the show.
As some of the stages draw to a close, I catch Swedish singer-songwriter Alice Boman over at the Uncut Tipi Tent. Joined by three other musicians, including a very subtle brass player, Boman charms the crowd with her extremely mellow, piano-based pieces.
End Of The Road must cause a bit of a problem for British Sea Power - when you normally deck your stages out with leafy branches, what do you do when you play a festival which surrounds all its stages with lush foliage? You bring along even more foliage, of course, and cover it all in streams of fairy lights.
Welcome to our coverage of this year's End Of The Road Festival! We love it here at the Larmer Tree Gardens in Dorset, and even more now we have, for a second year, our own stage, the fantastic Tipi Tent.
Such has been the drooling media focus on Kate Bush this week, it might be tough to imagine British music journalists listening to anything else these past few days. I'm not, in fairness, exempt from the hysteria: here's my review of the second Before The Dawn show, in case you missed it (or avoided it) yesterday.
There is a song on "Aerial", Kate Bush's eighth and possibly best album, called "Bertie". "Here comes the sunshine," it begins, "Here comes that son of mine/Here comes the everything/Here's a song and a song for him." Nine years later, here, perhaps is a show for him: an unexpected comeback; a ravishing absurdity; a launchpad for his theatrical aspirations. Our pleasure may, to some degree, be collateral.
Such has been the drooling media focus on Kate Bush this week, it might be tough to imagine British music journalists listening to anything else these past few days. I'm not, in fairness, exempt from the hysteria: here's...