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Hi, this is Gemma Dempsey and welcome to another edition of The Global Gig Guide. This week we are proud to be giving tickets away to The End of the Road Festival in the UK as well as a mention about Bumbershoot in Seattle.

Depending on where you re in the world, summer is either drawing to a close or just beginning to warm up. If you are in the UK, its been a bit of all the seasons this summer but fortunately September is one of the best months on the calendar and its where you will find The End of The Road Festival. This event was held for the first time just last year, and came to fruition thanks to the hard work of founders Simon and Sofia, both avid music fans, both inspired by the style of The Green Man Festival and neither with any experience of producing a music festival. With bags of passion and determination they staged a very successful End of The Road festiva in 2006 , receiving rave reviews from both the punters and the press and were voted the Best New Festival by the UK Festival Awards. The festival  will be held this  year September 14th -16th and may well sell out as it only has a 5,000 capacity; being an intimate event it allows bands to play longer than many other festivals; it also avoids advertising signage so that the event is all about enjoying the gorgeous location of Larmer Tree Gardens in the lush English countryside while listening to great music. Camping facilities are available from Tangerine Fields for a fee, so you can leave your moldy tent at home and opt for the boutique camping experience instead. There will also be tasty organic food and drink so all your senses can be satiated!

The End of the Road Festival is so called as it represents the drawing to a close of the music event season in the UK and looking at the line up I can’t imagine a better way to say Ta Ta til next year – it features Archie Bronson Outfit, Sunny Day Sets Fire, Yo La Tengo, Midlake, Lambchop, My Brightest Diamond, Super Furry Animals & Jim White. In addition to the fab line up, there is also a comedy stage , film screenings, open mic sessions, workshops,  and for the mums and dads amongst you, a dedicated family area so the kids can have a great time too!

KCRW is proud to be able to offer tickets to its subscribers to attend this most excellent celebration of music– this giveaway does not include travel and accommodation so you need to be already in the UK or planning to be there between September 14th and 16th . For more information on how to win tickets to this great festival go to the KCRW and click on the Global Gig Guide and good luck!

For those of you unable to make the trip to the UK for The End of The Road Festival how about heading to Seattle instead?  Bumbershoot is this city’s prestigious Arts and Music Festival; it  began in 1971 and has grown to be a major event for the Labor Day Holiday Weekend in the US. The music element of Bumbershoot includes performances by The Frames, John Legend, Devotchka, Wu tang Clan and The Shins. Check out Bumbershoot’s website for a full program of events, ticket availability and how to get there.

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