Festival review: Truck Festival 2018
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Last year’s Truck Festival left many covered in mud in what was a quintessentially British washout, however, the summer warmth of 2018 left us all begging for shade from the hot Oxfordshire sun. In a matter of years Truck Festival has grown from a small two-day event into one of the UK’s largest ‘small’ festivals – now spanning a total of four days (Thursday-Sunday) when purchasing an early access Thursday entry ticket. Still, despite the increasing size, Truck maintains the family-friendly aura close to its roots.
Sarah KouryOpening its doors at 3pm, campers enjoyed a leisurely Thursday afternoon with music promptly beginning at 3:30pm. Perhaps this was a bit hasty when considering queues and heightened security checks to get onto the site, but still, with music taking place only on the Market Stage, campers were treated to the sounds of the first acts whilst setting up. As the biggest indoor stage at Truck, the Market Stage was host to a discovery of new talent such as Bad Sounds, whilst the famed iridescent guitars of JAWS played out before headliners Peace. Renowned for packing out any stage with their sun-drenched indie sounds, the Birmingham quartet were in fine form, treating the crowd to cuts from all three of their albums. The intimacy of Thursday entry was manifested in the dedicated crowd, who danced, sang, and moshed to classics such as ‘1998’, ‘Bloodshake’ and ‘Lovesick’; positively starting the four-day event. Friday’s line-up was undoubtedly more plentiful, giving us the chance to explore what Truck had to offer. After making our way through crowds of glitter-faced festival-goers, the Main/Truck Stage was host to PINS, Little Comets and Circa Waves in the early afternoon. Circa Waves played to a packed-out floor of anticipated adolescents who would not let the heat of the beaming sun stop their party. Their contagious indie pop melodies had everybody dancing to ‘T-shirt Weather’, in what was possibly the most appropriately named track of the whole festival. However, an English festival wouldn’t be complete without a bit of wet weather, and whilst later enjoying the sounds of Fickle Friends at the Market Stage, the rain came pouring down. Their unashamed pop sounds had a sparkling musicality, encouraging the crowd to dance along to their upbeat tunes – and mostly to stay under cover with them. Subsequently, the majority of the crowd accepted the first downpour we’ve seen in (perhaps) two months and were happy to splash around to icon status hip-hop legends, De La Soul. Infiltrating the stage prior to headliners Friendly Fires, a mixed crowd of both 16 and 50-year olds waved their hands and bopped to the three-piece's jazz-rap tunes. No other act could’ve entertained the crowd better as they pushed through the rain to stay the midst of the action.
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