Located in the lovely Oxfordshire countryside, the 20-year-old Truck festival has been featuring up and coming artists since its birth as well as being a family-run affair, it has prided itself on bringing back to the community. Described as “the godfather of small music festivals”, the event brings together different genres which will satisfy all music listeners, from indie rock, hip-hop to R&B and drum-bass. This year features fantastic indie acts such as George Ezra, Courteeners, Ratboy, Drenge and many more rising stars like Stereo Honey, Everything Everything, and Circa Waves. Here’s a little preview of all the fun to be had at this year’s edition through the various stages, many will be missing in the description but not to worry, catch them on the specially made Spotify playlist!
English indie-rock/electronica band Friendly Fires have surprised everyone by returning just last year on stage after 5 years of absence and we’re glad they’re back. Just last month, they released a new track “Love Like Waves”, a brilliant pop and electronic dance tune which adds on already to the great addition of their self-titled album in 2008 which features “Jump In The Pool”, “Skeleton Boy” and “Paris”.
Pioneers of hip-hop, all the way from Long Island, New York, trio De La Soul are bringing snappy bars, triumphant sampling and energy to Oxfordshire, their last album And the Anonymous Nobody released in 2015 features some great tracks like “Pain”, “Drawn” as well as “Snoopies”. Let’s also not forget these guys have been going at it since 1987, have been associated with acts such as Gorillaz, A Tribe Called Quest, J Dilla and many more, their discography is bound to please the masses!
Back with his highly acclaimed second album which was released in March this year, George Ezra will bless the stage with beautiful ballads, melodies and catchy tunes that’s already infected the country. Staying at Tamara’s is full of great tracks, “Paradise”, “Shotgun”, “Hold My Girl” and “Pretty Shining People” that are perfect for the summer, whilst also not forgetting classics such as “Budapest” or “Barcelona” which have been played continuously since their release.
Having reviewed last year’s release of his fourth album Hearts That Strain, Nottingham’s Jake Bugg brings his acoustic ballads to center stage, after mix-reviews of his last two previous records, we’re personally excited to see him perform recent great tracks like “How Soon the Dawn”, “In The Event Of My Demise” and “Burn Alone”. For those who love his self-titled debut album, here’s to hoping “Two Fingers”, “Lightning Bolt” and “Broken” get some minutes.
Also attending Truck Stage: Circa Waves, Little Comets, Everything Everything, The Sherlocks, Courteeners, The Amazons, Coasts, Naaz, Pins, Magique
Perhaps the stage which holds the most exciting rising names in the country, such as Fickle Friends with their 80’s styled-synth pop from Brighton who released their debut album You Are Someone Else in March, Pale Waves with a dark pop sound from Manchester who also released their debut EP All The Things I Never Said and Goat Girl, a South London raw-indie band who released their self-titled debut album this year. These are all highly anticipated groups that will be eager to get the summer rocking and perform their new tracks, we’re very pumped to see them! Alongside this, here’s a closer look at the acts taking over this stage:
With a re-location to Sheffield, three-piece alternative rock band Drenge meaning “boys” in Danish, bring a steamy garage/punk to the stage with the likes of “Fuckabout”, “Bloodsports” and “Running Wild” amongst their great material in-between two albums.
Ratboy has been the name drawing the attention of many in the music industry these past years, started by Jordan Cardy in his bedroom, his blend of hip-hop and indie-rock has earned him praise as well as a big fan base across the country. Joined with friends alongside him, they’re currently one of the hottest indie acts with tracks like “Laidback”, “Sign On”, “Revolution” and “Fake ID” amongst the acclaimed SCUM (2017) album, with their new January release Civil Disorder bound to create noise this summer.
Also attending Market Stage: Gaz Coombes, Stereo Honey, Marika Hackman, Black Honey, Ratboy, The Magic Gang, The Orielles
Last but not least, Palm City stage will host the pumped-up action of the festival, starting with notorious and renown DJ Shy FX who will bring his expertise in jungle/reggae as well as drum & bass to the event. He’s collaborated with lots of artists such as Dizzee Rascal or Chase & Status, remixed countless tracks and left a footprint on London’s music scene since his start in 1992.
Making waves across the UK for their BBC show, alongside their MC/DJ skills, Kurupt FM with their drum & bass are going to spice things up at the festival. We’re big fans of their work, artistry and the show they’ve built behind their movement/image, it will be a fun one for sure to have these guys perform, with their debut album The Lost Tape bringing the heat this summer.
Also attending Palm City: Redlight, Sub Focus, Skepsis, Macky Gee, MJ Cole, Barely Legal
Catch Peace on Thursday, Moose Blood and The Big Moon @ The Nest stage!
We’re excited for this year’s edition, this friendly yet bumpy festival is bound to create great memories for all this summer so if you want to find out more, check the links below!
More on the festival: https://truckfestival.com/
Get your tickets: https://truckfestival.com/tickets/