The big, small festival – how Truck 2018 will offer something different


Oxfordshire’s Truck Festival, often described as ‘the Godfather of the small festival scene’, is celebrating its 21st anniversary this July with a star-studded lineup that offers great value for money.

With tickets available for £110 at the time of writing, Jake Bugg, George Ezra, and Courteeners are making it look like a bargain. Whilst last year’s festival fell victim to horrendous weather, it provided memorable moments aplenty courtesy of Franz Ferdinand, The Libertines, and The Vaccines, among others. This year’s festival should be no different!

Since George Ezra was announced as part of Truck’s lineup, he’s released the brilliant new album Staying at Tamara’s, featuring hits such as Pretty Shining People, Shotgun and, my personal favourite, Hold My Girl. It should be a treat to see him perform the new tracks at Hill Farm on the weekend of 20th – 22nd July.

Similarly exciting is the opportunity to see Courteeners and their plethora of indie rock anthems, but it’s not just the headliners who are worth checking out. Circa Waves played a great set at Truck Festival in 2016, as did Everything Everything, while The Amazons and The Sherlocks are two top up and coming bands looking to make a name for themselves on the main stage.

Over on the Market Stage, Rat Boy return on Sunday. Editors, Friendly Fires, and De La Soul should also be worth checking out on the main stage throughout the weekend. For the early birds getting Thursday entry, Peace will be joined by Jaws, Bad Sounds, Kanadia, and local Truck veterans Little Brother Eli.

For those who might want a break from indie rock, a number of DJs from Shy FX to Kurupt FM will take to the Palm City area, while The Nest hosts punk artists including Moose Blood and We Are Scientists. Meanwhile, if you don’t like watching live music without the aroma of manure in your nostrils, pay a visit to The Barn.

Brand new for 2018’s festival, The Village Green will fill your morning belly with free breakfast cereals, family yoga, and more activities for families to enjoy.

Finally, there’s no need to worry about what you’ll eat over the weekend, as the festival always provides a great, wide variety of food options for everyone, including plenty of meals for vegetarians, vegans, and those on a gluten free diet.

All in all, this year’s festival promises to be another one full of great live music and daytime entertainment, whether the sun shines or not! Tickets can be bought online from the official site here.