TRUCK Festival, “the Godfather of the small festival scene”, is one of the UK’s longest-running and most popular small festivals, and it’s just up the A34 at Steventon.
Shortlisted for Best Small Festival by The UK Festival Awards for the past three years, this year the event expands to three days across the weekend of Friday, July 15, to Sunday, July 17, at the Hill Farm site. A whole extra 24 hours will be on offer packed with the best indie, rock, pop and electronic acts.
Truck prides itself on being the ‘anti major festival’ festival, by allowing people to bring their own food and drink into the arena, giving their food takings to the local Rotary Club charity, as well as bringing the top mix of household names and
emerging talent for the best priced ticket in the country.
Iconic rock trio Manic Street Preachers – James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore – perform on the Saturday as main stage headliners. Festival-goers will celebrate with one of the biggest and best UK groups of the last 30 years with classics Motorcycle Emptiness, Your Love Alone and Design for Life alongside more recent hits from Rewind The Film and Futurology.
Avid festival performers Catfish and the Bottlemen join Truck as headliners for the Friday. The four-piece scooped the BBC Introducing award at the first BBC Music Awards in 2014 and have been a firm fixture on the live music scene ever since.
With their most recent album being named ‘Hottest record in the world’ by BBC Radio 1, Mercury Prize nominees Everything Everything are not to be missed and Circa Waves, Young Fathers, Jack Savoretti and the hotly-tipped Rat Boy are also joining proceedings in an indie-lovers dream line-up.
Truck is also catering for hardcore fans with bands like We Are The Ocean, Gnarwolves and Creeper providing everyone with a metal and punk injection. There’s also music from The Magic Gang, Formation and Hooton Tennis Club, plus Creeper, Pixel Fix, Louis Berry alongside local favourites Willie J Healey and Esther Joy Lane.
For more information, plus full line-up, visit www.truckfestival.com
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