The Veterans and Virgins stage is here for you and it’s brimming with goodness
Friday is Virgins day, for up-and-coming local talents and artists new to Truck’s field of dreams, kicking off with 7 brilliant and diverse acts chosen by BBC Oxford Introducing. Lucy Mair is a young & talented singer-songwriter drawing comparisons to Soak & early Amy Winehouse, Be Good sing Wainwright-esque torch songs with a hint of doo-wop, while former Ute/Salvation Bill stalwarts Kancho! bring 2-piece punk-hardcore rawk. Homeplanetearth play dark grunge pop with a hint of new romanticism, Neverlnd have developed from their earlier Ballon Ascents incarnation into a really clever intricate pop band and there’s off-kilter art-rock from Lucy Leave, and stadium-ready guitar anthems from Leader. Maiians reprise their live electronica spectacle for a possible farewell show ;-( while Lewis & Leigh bring heart-rending songs & gorgeous boy/girl harmonies. The folk & blues-rock grooves of Marc Riley/Guy Garvey favourites Hot Feet close out an amazing day 1.
On Saturday we bring you Veterans of Trucks gone by. A pair of veritable indie (as in, independent) legends head the bill on Saturday, ace storyteller and inventor of extraordinary musical contraptions Thomas Truax, and underground poet, songwriter and social commentator Chris T-T, who unlike most bands these days is not afraid to actually SAY something.
Co-pilgrim return with their alt-rock meets lush 70s harmony-pop; none-more-English piano singer Luke Smith & the Feelings always thrills the Truck crowd with his vignettes on the quirks of Canterbury life, and Flights of Helios make gorgeous psychedelic ambient pop. Alphabet Backwards always get the crowd moving with their brand of catchy synth-pop, erstwhile Smilex frontman and all-round showman Lee Christian brings his eclectic pop troupe the Prohibition Smokers Club, and easing us out of our Saturday morning haze will be perfectly-crafted jangle-pop from Jami Hyatt & co’s Family Machine. Phew! We can’t wait..
Sunday see’s a brand new addition to the V&V stage, we have teamed up with lovely people of The Bullingdon, Oxford’s leading independent music venue with the greatest cocktail bar in town, to bring you a whole host of music to the Sunday of Truck!
Hampshire’s own energetic-fuzztrio Blaenavon will be joined by the gloomy young romantics INHEAVEN, the angry and Glaswegian punk three-piece Baby Strange, the unstoppable indie rockers Haus and the hottest band around at the moment Abattoir Blues.
The Bullingdon takeover will also play host to some of the best local talent around, hand-picked and voted for via our Band App! Inner Peace Records, Haze, Too Many Poets and Palm Honey will all bringing the party to the Veterans and Virgins stage!
We’re good to you aren’t we?
Lots of Love
Truck Festival HQ x