WTF? // Truck Festival 2017 Preview

Words by Georgia Stephenson // @G_Stephensonn

  • 20th Anniversary of the festival
  • Set in a rural environment in Oxfordshire
  • Headliners are Franz Ferdinand, Libertines, and The Vaccines
  • We’ll be checking out Slaves, Loyle Carner and Twin Atlantic

For the past 20 years, indie music lovers have made the annual pilgrimage to the small, rural yet cosy setting of Steventon, Oxfordshire. Like other medium-sized festivals such as Derbyshire's beloved Y Not Festival and Kendal Calling in The Lakes, Truck’s reputation and turnout have deservedly grown substantially over the years. In return, they’ve bagged more prolific and adored headliners every year, and have pulled together a cracking 20th anniversary celebratory line-up for this year’s sold out event which, dare we say,  could be their best yet.

Truck's Main Stage (pictured), Image: Truck Festival Gallery

Truck's Main Stage (pictured), Image: Truck Festival Gallery

As per typical weekend festival format, Truck have layed on three Main Stage headliners for each day of the festival. Taking on the opening headliner slot are the feisty rockers from Glasgow, Franz Ferdinand. The band are marking an anniversary themselves this year, their 15th to be exact – and are best known for mid-00s rock bangers ‘Do You Want To’ and Top 3 hit ‘Take Me Out’. London cult indie heroes The Libertines are beloved by their dedicated fan-base and will receive a guaranteed rapturous reception when they headline the middle night. Finally, West London treasures The Vaccines will finish Truck with a bang on the Sunday. With a feast of hits, ranging from classic indie rock 'n' roll numbers, to their new found psychedelic rock sound in latest album English Graffiti, they're sure to please.

Liverpool's Circa Waves (pictured) playing the Main Stage at last year's Truck Festival. Image: Truck Festival Gallery

Liverpool's Circa Waves (pictured) playing the Main Stage at last year's Truck Festival. Image: Truck Festival Gallery

One's we'll be watching

The whole line-up is pretty ace, but there’s a handful of acts we're itching to see in particular:

  •  If being in the middle of a mosh pit thrills you, then make sure you check out ferocious and unforgiving Kent punk duo Slaves’ set, which will ignite the crowd before Franz.
  • Truck isn’t all revolved around indie and rock music though – adding a slick lick of hip hop is Lambeth’s Loyle Carner. We saw him live for the first time at Hull’s Big Weekend, and performing just comes so effortlessly to him; he’s phenomenal without trying.
  • Another Scottish rock band who will appear on the Market Stage are Twin Atlantic; they have huge riffs, and I love the thick Scottish twang of lead singer Sam McTrusty.

With Truck Festival just a days away, we'll be back with a summary of our take on the whole Truck experience, our most and least favourite acts, and who look to be the stars of the future! Stay tuned.