6 Mar 2017

Truck Festival 2017 Will Be The Best Weekend Of Summer

Taking place annually in the heart of rural Oxfordshire, Truck Festival is one of the fastest growing music events in the country. Drawing in bands big and small to what never ceases to be an eclectic line-up, the festival has grown substantially over its two-decade career and last year saw 10,000 fans flock to performances from Manic Street Preachers, Everything Everything and tons more. Returning this July 21st - 23rd with an equally mind blowing programme, here are 20 reasons Truck Festival's 20th birthday celebration will be the best party of the season.

The headliners, namely 1. Franz Ferdinand, 2. The Libertines, and 3. The Vaccines, are fantastic. Each with a repertoire of indie classics, their performances on the main stage will close the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights respectively. Also bulking up the top of the bill are Kent favourites 4. Slaves, rising hip-hop star 5. Loyle Carner, and 6. The Wombats, whose trio of albums promise to make the perfect soundtrack to a hazy evening in the sunshine. Elsewhere there will be sets from 7. Twin Atlantic8. JAWS, and 9. Nothing But Thieves, as well as the return of B-town favourites 10. Superfood, and 11. Sundara Karma, who return for a victory lap after a triumphant appearance last year.

Truck wouldn't be Truck without the 12. huge bill of up-and-coming acts whose performances fill the hours not spent boozing in the campsite. This year, those include vintage dreamboats INHEAVEN, Norweigan punks Sløtface, psychedelia enthusiasts The Shimmer Band and melancholic Brighton boys Abattoir Blues.

There's not just music; the real Truck experience includes 13. fairground rides, 14. paint throwing, the infamous 15. silent disco and a little gymnastic fun from 16. Mr Motivator, who will be appearing in the main arena for a spot of morning exercise, if that's your thing.

The final round of tickets are on sale now for the 17. reasonable price of £136, including booking fees. Incidentally it's an arm and a leg cheaper than Latitude Festival, which you could also go to if you felt like it, seeing as 18. they're not on the same weekend this year. This will sell out, so get your tickets ahead of this Thursday's second line-up bulletin where 19. a whole new batch of acts will be announced. Exciting stuff!

And of course, how could I do a post about Truck Festival without mentioning the living legend that is 20. Kieran Pedder, whose guerrilla campaign for a DJ slot looks set to be becoming reality? Head here to read our Q&A with the man himself.

Tickets and full details about Truck 2017 can be found at www.truckfestival.com.

(Words: Alex Cabré)