Keeping It Local At Truck Festival 2017
Truck Festival curated another stonking line up for their 2017 party at Hill Farm, Steventon. Despite the mud and rain, the music shone through and gave the festival an awesome glow all weekend long.
Truck celebrated it’s 20th year with headliners including The Libertines, The Vaccines and Franz Ferdinand. However, it kept close to it’s roots as pioneered by Robin & Joe Bennett, with a generous helping from local bands too.
Oxford based bands included: Willie J Healey, Alphabet Backwards, Loud Mountains, Candy Says, Black Candy, Leader, The Dreaming Spires, Little Brother Eli, Low Island, Coldredlight, Slate Hearts, Catgod, 31hours, The Autumn Saints and Brickwork Lizards.
Black Candy were part of the original line up in 1998 and Joe Hill, lead singer of the band, remarked how great it was to be back all these years later. They attracted a real mix with veteran fans shoulder to shoulder with festival first timers.
Loud Mountains played to a packed out Saloon on Saturday with lead singer Kevin Duggan fulfilling a bucket list moment by crowd surfing during one of their sets. Their infectious energy and enthusiasm brought the party vibes to the rain soaked festival. The 7 piece Americana band raised the roof with their unique blue grass wall of sound, and harmonies from brothers Sean and Kevin.
Loud Mountains: Sean Duggan
Loud Mountains: Kurt Hamilton
Candy Says brought their unique brand of lo-fi pop to the Virgins & Veterans stage, enthralling the crowd with Julia’s beautiful vocals and catchy pop hooks.
Three very different bands from our city, showing the breadth of music genres and talent the local music scene has to offer.
Highlights also included a rousing set from Alphabet Backwards, a killer headline act from Jagwar Ma, the Hot 8 Brass Band getting the party started on Friday, Maximo Park‘s lead singer Paul Smith suffusing the main stage crowd with his energy and Hannah Rose Platt‘s melodic storytelling in the Saloon.
There is a real mix of music at Truck, so much so that you’d be hard pressed not to find a new favourite band amongst the eclectic line up. Did you make it to Truck this year? What were your favourite moments?
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Love, Rosie xxx
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