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Focus On Festivals: No Direction Home

Kimberley Manderson


No Direction Home is the brand new sister festival from the organisers of End of the Road. It takes place from June 8-10 in Welbeck Abbey, Sherwood Forest.

Organisers hope that eventually both weekenders will become bookends to the festival season, with End of the Road taking place from August 31st until September 2nd in North Dorset’s Larmer Tree Gardens.

So what makes No Direction Home different to the 300 plus festivals already taking place throughout the UK? Well it’s USP, much like End of the Road it offers participants the chance to make, do and discover. The grass-roots, non-commercialised festival features treats such as the Somerset Cider Bus rather than Strongbow/Magners/Insert-brand-here generic booze stalls, a special stamp-free post office service consisting of messengers in uniforms armed with a bike and a megaphone, a literary tent and a picture house featuring films from cinema’s golden age.

The acts also reflect the laid-back ethos. Names such as Richard Hawley, Gruff Rhys and Andrew Bird resonate in the indie and folk worlds, but are a far cry from any headliners of the Big 10. New left-field acts which appeared in the 2012 ones-to-watch lists are also included in the line-up, such as Zulu Winter and Beth Jeans Houghton & the Hooves of Destiny.

For a change of scenery, the comedy tent offers chuckles aplenty, featuring performances from Josie Long, Robin Ince and Isy Suttie (aka Dobby from Peep Show).

However it’s the Flying Boat Society that really makes the festival its own. Overlooking a beautiful lake, the old boathouse offers fine ales, late night parties, live bands, DJs, quiz Olympics and both instrument making and song writing workshops. With something for everyone, its definitely an experience worth trying.

Tickets are available from http://nodirectionhomefestival.com/