21 Years Of Truck Festival

 In Review

The fields of Hill Farm, Steventon were once again alive with music last weekend for Truck Festival, with highlights from local bands and performers; Gaz Coombes, Alphabet Backwards, Low Island and Oxford Symphony Orchestra.

This year Truck celebrated it’s 21st birthday with headline sets from Friendly Fires, George Ezra, and The Courteeners, and a stonking set from Editors showcasing songs from their 2018 album ‘Violence’ as well as lots of old favourites, captivating the crowd with their perfectly curated set.

Editors Truck Festival 2018
Editors

The line up at Truck this year had a wonderfully diverse mix from pop to indie and drum and bass to classical.

We started our musical journey with a vibrant and energetic set from Girli on the Market Stage. Her style straddles PC music and sugary pop with a smattering of punk and rap thrown in to keep you on your toes. The audience were completely enthralled by her high energy.

Truck Festival 2018
Girli

Our other Friday highlights also included Pale Waves, Fickle Friends and local legend Gaz Coombes, who performed a fantastic set encompassing brilliant gems from his 3 solo albums, including his latest ‘World’s Strongest Man‘, and even played a haunting rendition of ‘Moving‘ from his Supergrass days.

Truck Festival 2018
Heather Baron-Gracie of Pale Waves
Truck Festival 2018
Gaz Coombes

Despite the down pour on Friday evening, the festival saw scorching temperatures with festival goers taking shelter from the sun in the many tented venues during the day, including the Virgins & Veterans stage where local Oxford band Alphabet Backwards played a beautifully sunny indie set.

 

Truck Festival 2018
Alphabet Backwards

Well loved Oxford community street band Horns of Plenty entertained festival goers between sets with their roving performances across the site.

Truck Festival 2018
Horns of Plenty

Anteros lead the festival into the early evening with glistening pop melodies over indie refrains, and vocalist Laura Hayden set the tone for festival evening style in her glittering silver jumpsuit.

There were some great costumes around the site, some inspired by the festival theme ‘At The Movies’, and others going for the glorious ‘after paint party’ look!

Truck Festival 2018
Truck Festival 2018
Truck Festival 2018
Truck Festival 2018
Truck Festival 2018

For those that hadn’t planned their festival fancy dress, there were a great selection of indie stalls to get you into the festival spirit. Local trader Jess Hazel brought her beautiful Smoking Gun Vintage stall, which was full of gorgeous handmade festival accessories, vintage clothes and customised denim jackets.

Truck Festival 2018

Saturday night saw head line sets from George Ezra, Drenge and The Big Moon, who played a blistering set full of swaggering, whimsical songs from their album ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’. I totally love their mix of moody indie, cutting lyrics and pop melodies.

Truck Festival 2018

Sunday kicked off with a crowd pleasing set from the Oxford Symphony Orchestra who played an eclectic set including Pharrell Williams and Bizet, which saw the audience mosh like never before!

Truck Festival 2018
Oxford Symphony Orchestra
Truck Festival 2018

Oxford band Low Island performed an awesome set on the main stage on Sunday afternoon in the roasting heat, bring their cool electronic indie vibes to the fields.

Truck Festival 2018
Low Island

Truck Festival may be a far cry from Truck of old, but it still champions a brilliant mix of up-and-coming indie bands and local artists, and gives them a great platform to reach new audiences. The food tent is still full of local charities and the Rotary club selling reasonably priced food and drink, you can even buy scones with flour grown and milled in Oxfordshire.

The festival attracts an enthusiastic young crowd, as well as families and music lovers of all ages, which creates a safe and friendly environment, something that the organisers pride themselves on, although the Truck Monster is still at large!

Truck Festival 2018

As the sun went down over the site on Sunday, Editors played to a rapturous crowd, and The Courteeners headlined followed by a fireworks finale.

Truck Festival 2018
Tom Smith of Editors
Truck Festival 2018

Truck Festival remains a highlight in the festival calendar, and with tickets now on sale for 2019 at just £90.50, it’s an extremely affordable option too. You can grab you early bird ticket on the Truck Festival website.

If you headed to Hill Farm last weekend, we’d love to hear your highlights and favourite bands! Leave us a comment below, or chat to us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

Love, Rosie xxx

Truck Festival 2018
Truck Festival 2018
Truck Festival 2018
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