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Festival preview: Truck Festival 2018

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Truck Festival is known as 'the godfather of the small festival scene', one of the most recognised and popular amongst those opting for smaller, intimate surroundings.

Now taking place over four days, with added Thursday (Thursday 19th until Saturday 22nd July 2018), the regular location of Hill Farm in Steventon see’s acclaimed artist hailing the stage once again.

The four-day affair boasts a notable multi-genre lineup, with headliners Friendly Fires, George Ezra, and Courteeners taking the main stage slots.

Truck 2018

Recently returning to the stage with new music, Friendly Fires new single ‘Love Like Waves’ shows the band's rejuvenation in the upbeat, tropical-indie track. Their new material oozes with familiar nostalgia comparable to the sounds of ‘Jump In The Pool’, whilst also having so much more to give as the band who will be dominating playlists in time for festival season.

George Ezra is notably one of the biggest breakthrough artists in the UK folk-rock music scene of recent times. Ezra admitted that playing Truck has “been on my bucket list for a long time”, and now with a successful two-album discography to his name, the danceable sounds of latest single “Paradise” seem a perfect choice to take the Saturday headline slot.

Closing out the festival on Sunday 22nd is Manchester band, Courteeners. No strangers to the stage or indie guitar music scene, Courteeners have received regular comparisons to previous Mancunian icons: The Stone Roses and Oasis. April 2018 also marked 10 years since the release of their hit debut album St Jude; and alongside an impressive five studio album discography, frontman Liam Fray and his entourage seem the perfect choice to peak the four-day festivities.

Backtracking to it’s opening on Thursday 19th, Birmingham quartet Peace shall be the taking to the stage as the first ‘non-official’ headline act. The band is known for their melodic indie rock, formed by brothers Harry and Samuel Koisser, along with guitarist Douglas Castle and drummer Dominic Boyce. Peace are no strangers to the Oxfordshire stage, having their first main stage set here in the summer of 2014. Other Thursday entries currently include Jaws, Bad Sounds, Kanadia and Little Brother Eli.

Across the festival's entirety, other notable acts include De La Soul, Jake Bugg, Editors (who are playing the festival for the first time since their performance in the Barn back in 2005), Circa Waves, Everything Everything, The Amazons, Gaz Coombes, Drenge, Rat Boy, and Kurupt FM. Maintaining its small festival status, there is also several ‘ones to watch’, including Pale Waves, Fickle Friends, and Goat Girl.

Truck Festival prides themselves on its somewhat intimate atmosphere, with bringing ‘the best mix of household names and emerging talent for the best-priced ticket in the country’. It is a festival for the music fans more than anything else, but still upholding a dynamic energy.

Tickets are currently (Tier 4) priced at £110 for a general weekend ticket (20th-22nd July), with extras of Thursday entry, Zodiac Fields, Car Parking Passes, and Glamping available to purchase on top of a booking.

Truck Festival runs 19th-22nd July 2018. Tickets are available here: https://truckfestival.com/tickets/

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