Tuesday, 6 September 2016

When I Met Devendra Banhart - End Of The Road, 2016


My life often feels like a series of strange coincidences. I've lost count of how many people from Walsall we met at End of the Road, some we already knew and others who, until last weekend, we'd never laid eyes upon but had spent decades living just streets away or went to the same school. It's not even as if the festival is nearby, it's a four hour drive away (or possibly two and a half if you're not in a 36 year old VW camper van!)


So I suppose it should have come as no surprise that within days of finding Family, a glossy photography book featuring the wonderfully bohemian lifestyle of American artist, musician & pretty damned gorgeous Devendra Banhart in a charity shop, the End of The Road announced that he was going to be headlining.


At the last minute I chucked the book in my bag to show to some of the other stallholders. Several (very flatteringly) commented that I looked like I belonged in the book.


When we found out that he was appearing in the signing tent Heidi (our trading neighbour) and I decided to go and stalk him say hello. Oh wow, you're amazing, don't we know each other already? were his first words when I reached the front of the queue. I handed over my book and chatted for a minute or so before Heidi and I ran outside shrieking and bouncing up and down like a pair of giddy teenagers.


My 50p charity shop bargain suddenly became priceless.



And what of the rest of the End of the Road? Our second year of trading there went brilliantly. Sadly the weather didn't play as nicely but it didn't stop the festival goers, crew and performers from buying everything from American cowboy shirts, 1960s dresses & Harris Tweed to fake furs and handmade crop tops.

Kinky by night

Jon & his menswear department (all of his vintage Americana collection sold)
Our ninth of the season and I'm not still not jaded by the whole festival experience.


On Sunday morning I managed to explore the garden stage and walk the arts trail.


If you've never been to End of the Road then you really should, it's beautiful.



Again, we were lucky enough to be sited right opposite the main stage so we took it in turns to nip down and catch some of the headliners including the amazing Savages (a Gallic Siouxsie Sioux in silver Louboutins) who we first saw at End of the Road five years ago.


Fellow trader Adele & I joined these strangely dressed men (?) for Swedish psychedelic band, Goat.


If you were a fan of Jane's Addiction or early Stone Roses you'll love them. We did.




Another coincidence, Saturday night's headliner, Bat For Lashes (aka Natasha Khan) also featured in Devendra Banhart's book.


Devendra was wonderful, obviously. If you don't know him then check him out HERE.






We got back home at 5pm yesterday evening, had our first shower in almost a week and reacquainted ourselves with the cats and the tortoise. We've got 10 days to recharge, restock and to give Gilbert some much needed TLC before our final festival, V Dubs in the Valley, a week on Friday.

Wearing: Psychedelic late 1960s maxi (40p, from a jumble sale), Aldo leather boots (£1, car boot sale), Vintage 1970s quilted Indian cotton waistcoat (£2, car boot sale) 

Linking to Patti & the gang for Visible Monday.

PS Debbie, if you're reading this - get sewing!!

81 comments:

  1. the festivals you go to look like so much fun. Just read a news story about one in southern California: 67,000 people, hundreds arrested for drugs and other things. Not my idea of fun. The ones in Britain look way more unique.

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    1. I've got to admit, I think our festivals are pretty spot on. EotR is pretty small, just 14,000 but set in the most exquisite Victorian walled gardens and it's not just music either, there's art, literature and comedy. Very civilised. xxx

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  2. I'm infinitely jealous! I have such a soft spot for Devendra. I have that very book, and it's a total delight - you definitely look like you stepped right out of it's pages. I love End of the Road such a fab festival, hope to make it there again one year sometime soon.XXX

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    1. Isn't it a wonderful book? Some of the images remind me of another treasured publication in our collection, The Rolling Stones's Rock and Roll Circus, definitely worth tracking down.
      Devendra was such a sweetheart, so gentle and genuinely friendly. xxx

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  3. You and Jon have more fun than anyone I know. Have loved every festival post and this one is no exception. You in your 60's maxi dress? Magnificent!

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    1. Thanks, Judith! We do love our life even though we're pretty worn out after a week trading at a festival! xxx

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  4. I love love love Davendra! What a dreamy guy and so nice to hear he's so lovely in person! End of the road looks like a great festival, I can't wait so for festival season to start ramping up down under

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    1. Yay, Catherine! How are you? He's such a sweetie, isn't he? Heidi gave him a little Guatemalan wooden beaver with a wobbly tail and he was openly delighted, promising her that he's treasure it and keep it amongst his special things. xxx

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  5. This is all alien to me, hehe! So many names I have never heard of and just as little idea of what they do :)

    I'm glad you had fun and met Davendra xxx

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    1. Don't worry, none of them are mainstream artists. I'm pretty sure that unless you listen to 6 Music or read the Guardian most people won't have heard of them. One of the joys of festivals is discovering new artists. xxx

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  6. Life is full of coincidences! To meet in person a famous person and to get his autograph on the book about him you've just got, how great is it? Lucky you!

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  7. I have never heard of Davendra. Thanks for introducing me. I love what he said to you! Of course you look more famous than 99% of the most popular celebrities.

    Sounds like a really fun show. Despite the lack of showers.

    Love that maxi dress!

    I gearing up for my very first vintage clothing show as a vendor. Eeek! It is on Oct 1 & 2nd.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Ooooohhh! How exciting. I'm already dying to hear all about your trading adventures!
      Give Devendra a listen if you can, his voice (and his appearance) is pretty special. xxx

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  8. Isn't it great when the universe decides to play along and everything seems to connect? Love your sunglasses and maxi.

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    1. It's pretty far out, in a proper 1970s way! I got my latest massive sunnies from the Bank Holiday car boot, the trader had run out of 50p change and gave them to me. xxx

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  9. I love hearing about coincidences, I'm sure there's more to it then that.
    That friend of ours who lives in Goa visited us today and we showed him your picture, he recognised Jon straight away.
    Russell left us to go and see more friends of his who it turns out own the farm where close friends of ours live. They bought the converted piggery off them. Small world..... X X X

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    1. Jon's a celeb in Benaulim - the waiters call him Bruce Willis, much to his dismay! Fancy Russel recognising him, hopefully we'll bump into him on the beach soon! xxx

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  10. Oh how fantastic, Vix! Between this and your shout-out/song last post, who friggin cool!?!
    xox

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    1. I promise not to turn into one of those strange people who stalk celebrities! xxx

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  11. I love my vicarious festival life through you, Vix. You have been hit-on by a schtar! Hahaha. And you got the event memorialized in your book. That'll be one to talk about for a while, but I doubt you'll ever run out of stories. I'm glad you're not jaded and that sales were great. Brace yourself for the next one where you'll dazzle them all over again.

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    1. Thanks, Melanie! I'm already wondering what weird and wonderful goings on will occur at the next festival, it is the last one of the season after all, better see it off with a bang. xxx

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  12. Blimey Vix, Martin Fry serenading you one week and hobnobbing with Devendra Banhart the next, what an exciting life you lead. (I'm such an old fossil that I admit I had to google Devendra,... what a dish!) End of the Road looks very green and pretty.
    Bet you enjoyed that shower. x

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    1. I know, talk about an exciting few weeks. Good looks adide, I think you'll love Devendra, his voice is wonderful.
      Dorset is magical, isn't it? The Larmer Tree Gardens are just stunning.
      Yes, that shower was amazing, well worth the wait! xxx

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    2. Yes I followed that link of yours, loved him. x

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  13. Oh how amazing! You really do look like you belong in that book as well. Goat are great aren't they, I found out about them a while ago after Iggy Pop played them on his radio show xx

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    1. Isn't radio 6 great for discovering new music? I love Iggy Pop's choices, too. xxx

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  14. As ever full of true fun and fabulousity, my dear friend.
    We might not walk the same path, but one knows when a road is walked with an opened heart. Such a breath of fresh air you are, dear Vix
    Mil besos
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  15. How amazing was his reaction??? You do look like a star though!!! Thus festival sounds rather fun, I like the art, even if I've not heard of the acts (this is nothing unusual. I've never heard if MOST bands!!)Xx

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    1. Don't worry, I hadn't heard of half the bands either but there's a wonderful mix of folk, psychedelia and the downright strange, just the way I like it! xxx

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  16. Awww, I love those sloth signs. Glad your crop tops did well after that festival where no one bought one! I've been experiencings *looooads* of coincidences this year, I think the more you notice them the more you notice them, if you know what I mean :)

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    1. Those crop tops sell in cycles, it's a real boost when I get a few sales.
      I loved the sloths, too but I think that fox nead might have been my favourite - he looks like the dad from the fox family that live in the bottom of the garden...or is that another coincidence? xxx

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  17. I'm so glad you had a fab time, sold a lot of your stock and met that gorgeous bloke in person! The coincidence of finding that particular book in a chazza before you went is just too serendipitous for words - Karma; I think!

    The festival looks fab and so do you in your maxi - it brings back so many memories, of my misspent youth!

    Have a great week

    Veronica
    vronni60s.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm going to have to start stockpiling books about cool musicians & keep them with me on the off chance I'll bump into another one!
      Misspent youth? I think we need a blog post! xxx

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  18. This whole post is so fucking badass---all the pics are amazing!

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    1. Thanks, Becky! Jon has to take the credit for Bat For lashes & Devendra but I managed a half decent one of Goat! xxx

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  19. A M A Z I N G ! ! ! ! !
    i´m totally impressed. of cause you could be in devendra´s band! you look sooo gorgeous! xxxxxx

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    1. I wish I could be, trouble is I've no musical talent whatsoever! xxx

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  20. That looks like a lot of fun and the type of festival I would like to attend, very artsy and fun. You are a celebrity in your own town!

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    1. It really is a wonderful festival! xxx

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  21. How fun!!!
    I have to defend my native California regarding a previous comment-
    There aren't always huge amounts of drug arrests at California festivals. Sometimes there are huge amounts of ambulances when a bad batch of xtasy makes the rounds though. Especially in warm weather. If you're doing X stay hydrated people! All the harvest & wine festivals are going on now in California, and I'm missing them, WAH!!!!!!!

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    1. I bet you miss all those festivals. There's often ambulances at ours, usually from people slipping in the mud and breaking something. xxx

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  22. Yes you should be in that book! That looks like my kind of festival, one where I can take the brats and relax. Festival season is very weird in Oz. There are plenty of gigs, but we have to travel VAST distances to get to the great ones. I end up going foetal when tickets are released because it's like planning a round-the-world trip *** currently rocking backwards and forwards at the thought of missing Rainbow Serpent AGAIN*** xoxoxo

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    1. Living in a titchy place does have it's advantages! Rainbow Serpent? I'm off to Google them! xxx

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  23. Talk about synchronicity! What a great thing to say to you when you guys met up and its right - you do belong in that book. Fab inscription too xxx

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    1. I know, such a coincidence. I'm his biggest fan now! xxx

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  24. Oh yeah you could be in the band! What a lovely meeting you had. And congrats on the good selling, and of course you and Jon's amazing looks. Only one fest left? How does time fly so quickly?? xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. I can't believe we're a week away from the end of the season, I'm a bit sad ! xxx

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  25. I admit that i had to google the Swedish band, Goat, but NOT Devendra Banhart. Cool!

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  26. You are always in the right place at the right time - how do you do it!!!

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    1. I know! Festivals are just wonderful, you never know what's going to happen next! xxx

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  27. I am ashamed to confess I've never even heard of him but wow, wow, wow what an amazing experience for you. Did you tell him the book was 50p??

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    1. His genre's pretty non-mainstream so don't feel bad about it! I don't think he'd have minded that the book was so cheap, he seem genuinely delighted that people had come to say hello. Heidi gave him a £2.50 wooden toy and he was so grateful! xxx

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  28. Glad to see you had another successful festival! Good luck for your final one! :)

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    1. Thank you, Laurie! A week of intense shopping and sewing! xxx

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  29. Hi Vix! Sounds like you had a fab time! When I read that bit about you two squealing like teenagers, I chuckled out loud, I can just picture it. I've never heard of Devendra, but he looks interesting, I'll have to go check out his music. Enjoy the next festival! Xxx

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    1. Hi Jess! I know, we were giddy with excitement!
      If you click on the link I've put on my blog you can have a listen to Devendra's stuff, I'm sure you'll like at least a few of his tracks. xxx

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  30. I have the maddest respect for your style, dear Vix, and truly appreciate that you're living proof that a jaw droppingly awesome outfit can be put together for less than the average cost of a dinner out. This outfit looks like a million dollars, but barely costs a few.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you, Jessica! I did giggle to myself when I looked down at what I was wearing and realised it cost me £2.40! There are still lots of cool vintage bargains out there, there really is no reason to support sweat shops. xxx

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  31. What a super outfit that last maxi is! You have a knack for finding such bargains...

    It's lovely to know that Devendra Banhart is such a nice bloke. You seem to meet the loveliest people.

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    1. Thanks, Mim! Shopping is pretty much my full time job but I try and exercise restraint by not keeping most of it. I did put that little quilted waistcoat on the rail for a couple of days but nobody seemed to look at it so I decided it needed to be mine. xxx

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  32. Look at you mixing with the stars again! What a lovely greeting and message in your book. No wonder you're smitten. I can just imagine my mum sat here reading this blog. She would have elbowed me and said, 'he's rather dishy!' She'd have been right! The End of the Road looks really appealing, and of course it's in the West Country. You know how I feel about that! Well done for making it through festival season and still having energy to spare. You're a marvel! Xxxx

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    1. I love that your Mu,'s still got an eye for a handsome chap! He is very dishy, indeed.
      I hope I'm not turning into one of those odd celeb stalkers with a bedroom lined with photos of bemused looking stars! xxx

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  33. Seems it was serendipity! I love EOTR, I went once when my husband played it. Such a fab festival. X

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    1. IT's a fab festival, we used to go as punters before we started trading. A long way to travel but so magical! xxx

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  34. Vix, you are the epitome of rock 'n' roll and have so much of a presence even through a laptop screen. No wonder bands are serenading you and you are hanging out with popstars. Devendra is indeed blessed eye candy. End of the road sounds and looks really fabulous. I have never heard of Goat but they sound right up my musical alley so will check them out this weekend. You are a vision in maxi colour blue. Xx

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    1. Hi Kelly, what an ace thing to say! Sometimes I feel like I'm living a bit of a dream, that is until I get home and have to clean up cat sick, pick slugs off the tortoise's back and haggle over £2 jackets at muddy car boot sales! xxx

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  35. Devendra is very drool-worthy, isn't he! What a great story - I love that he thought that the two of you knew each other. Glad you had another positive festival experience. I would have enjoyed seeing Bat for Lashes and Devendra perform.

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    1. Isn't he lovely? I could watch his vids on You Tube for hours! Bat for Lashes is wonderfully bonkers! xxx

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  36. Great photos of what sounds like was a really good festival. The art trail sounds amazing.

    And what a coincidence about the book. I love the inscription. Must have been a cool experience getting it autographed. He must have been surprised to see it!

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    1. It really is a delight to behold, you can see how much thought has gone into the entire festival set up, no tacky fairground rides or burger and chips wagons here! xxx

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  37. OMG Vix! This is an AMAZING post (they always are, actually). I can see you in that gypsy van, travelling through the countryside. You look absolutely fabulous in the suede jacket which I love and that hat! (a relative to my gorgeous barista's hat). The goats, the whole spectacle, I would love to go there. I love that Jon has his (sell out) menswear department! So pleased you had such a great business time as well. I'm looking forward to travelling to V Dubs in the Valley. xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Elizabeth! I glad you enjoyed the ride. xxx

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  38. I don't think I could have held it together meeting Devendra. I probably would have asked him to marry me and then proceed to barf and faint. Then I'd probably get up ad pretend like it didn't happen and try propose marriage again before being hauled off by the police. That looks like the coolest festival featured on your blog yet!

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    1. I was amazed at my restraint! When I met Michael Lang (the guy who organised Woodstock) I threw my arms around him and couldn't speak. I'm surprised nobody called security! xxx

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  40. You met Devendra Banhart??? No way!!! I'm so in awe! End of the Road seems like a fab festival too. xxx

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    1. So am I, over a week later! He was lovely! xxx

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  41. Where to start, there's so much that's good here?! I'm with you on the back up dress front. The thought of a good dress running out of steam is not good. I love the spare, but clearly don't have your powers of recall as I can't remember that. Probably all the excitement! I'm glad to know you umm and ah too. £8 was a great price. I love those flatforms. So glamorous. Ey up Frankie! Get in there my son! Xxxxx

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