Truck Festival 2017 – Nextfest Preview
2017 sees Oxfordshire’s longest running family festival, Truck, celebrating twenty years in operation. The festival has consistently maintained its roots as a proudly small independent event, which allows it to retain its boutique feel. It is no mean feat that a festival of this size has managed to keep itself running for a fifth of a century, flying in the face of large corporate-sponsored festivals.
The festival takes place in Steventon, Oxfordshire, over three days from 21st – 23rd July and brings with it some amazing artists ready to rock the crowd. The headliners alone are worth the small ticket fee, as they include indie-rockers Franz Ferdinand, the iconic band The Libertines, and The Vaccines.
While you’re there, we definitely recommend checking out Jagwar Ma. The Australian psych-dancers really know how to wig out a crowd, with their brand of electronic music that harks back to the old Hacienda days. Their studio albums Howlin’ and Every Now and Then, were released to critical acclaim and has led to them being booked for many festivals for this season and seasons prior, Truck included.
Also included on the line up are experimental alt-rockers Maximo Park. Having formed in 2000, it should come as no surprise that the band are well-versed in terms of festival gigging. With six studio albums under their belt, you can rest assured that they have plenty of material to pack into their festival slot. The band were signed to electronic label, Warp Records, for their debut album, A Certain Trigger, which featured hit single Apply Some Pressure, so you know you’re on to a good thing with this crowd.
Finally, if you fancy a bit of horn action, then you should get a load of the Hot 8 Brass Band. The New Orleans funksters blend together hip-hop, jazz, and funk to mind blowing effect. Seriously, if you aren’t throwing some serious shapes after twenty seconds then you have probably been lobotomised. With over 20 years experience, these guys have got their performance down to a tee and no doubt will be illustrating exactly why they are at the top of their game.
Obviously, you don’t just have music to enjoy over the course of the festival. There are plenty more activities to get involved in! There will be a family area to keep the young ‘uns entertained, so they can enjoy the festival just as much as you. There will also be dance workshops, a fairground and, as if that wasn’t enough, you can also take part in a huge paint fight! What more could you ask for?!
Truck Festival takes place between July 21st – 23rd at Hill Farm, Steventon, Oxfordshire. For the full line-up, photos, videos and ticket information head over to our Truck Festival page.
Featured Photo: Ross Silcocks