Kim Kardashian may have broken the internet, but Truck Festival have definitely made a big dent in the Twitter-sphere with their first announcement for their 20th anniversary celebration.
Hailed ‘the godfather of the small festival scene’, Truck has consistently pulled through with a stellar lineup and this is especially true this year, featuring headlining slots from The Libertines, Franz Ferdinand and The Vaccines. Momentarily ignoring these big names (I know it’s hard – too much excitement to contain), Truck has a history of featuring killer up-and-coming acts. Perennially intimate and unassuming, Truck have consistently created an accessible platform for really exciting bands. Since they have really nailed it this year, we want you to enjoy every trucking moment (pardon the pun) to the max. So, in light of this first announcement, we’ve complied a list of artists you absolutely have to see. Get out your diaries and make a memo because they are not to be missed.
There have been many whispers about VANT recently. Of course, with a politically driven motive in a time of absolute chaos (can we add Theresa May to the list of people banned from Truck?), they’re hard to ignore. Promising unadulterated passion and a spirit of youthful fury, we dare you not to mosh as your politically charged self throws all your inhibitions and preoccupations in the air.
Nordic sensation, Sløtface have a simple aim with their music: promoting the power of individualism and creating a safe space for women, specifically in live music venues. Having spent the last year working on their debut album, we are expecting a release sometime this year. However, with a strong repertoire of tracks such as Take Me Dancing and Empire Records, there’ll be no absence of power-pop, youthful abandon and wild dancing. See you there.
Following an almost 3 year hiatus, Superfood have jumped straight back onto the scene with a string of live dates and a ferociously catchy single, Double Dutch. Despite their appearance at Truck in 2014, a new sound and direction is unquestionable, partly owing to the transition from four-piece to duo. Known for their incredible live energy and charm whilst promising a new album later this year, Superfood are not to be missed.
With a lineup this amazing and more acts still to come, it’s hard to resist the unique charms of Hill Farm. Visit truckfestival.com for the full lineup information and to buy tickets. We recommend you get on it ASAP Rocky because, with a line up this good, tickets are sure to sell out.
Words by Irene Mackie