The past couple of weeks have been preparing us for, what seems forever away, festival season. With Kendal Calling selling out before I even had chance to properly consider the possibility of going (Truck won’t be far behind!), Truck is a must.
This year is absolutely beautiful. There are so so many bands here that I rate and I’ve heard such good things about ones that I haven’t listened to.
Firstly, we have to talk about The Libertines. Gary Powell, John Hassall, Carl Barat and Pete Doherty. A truly iconic band. I can’t lie, I actually cried when I found out that they’re headlining Truck. The Likely Lads will be causing havoc at Hill Farm, “a life long trip between friends” as front man Pete Doherty would say. We can expect classics such as my favourites ‘What Katie Did’ and ‘You’re My Waterloo’ for example, along with new material which is rumoured to be surfacing later this year as a follow-up to their successful ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’ released in 2015. The atmosphere will be incredible for them, so make sure you’re there.
*image courtesy of The Herald Scotland.
Next up on the triple headliner bill is Scottish indie rock gods- Franz Ferdinand. The band will be returning as a three piece after their guitarist Nick McCarthy left the band early last year to be with his family. Working on new music following their fourth studio album ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’ released in 2013. The band have also shown an interest in political affairs with their ‘explicit’ single ‘Demagogue’ released apart of an independent campaign of artists for a Trump-free America last year. Sadly America is not Trump-free, we however are.
The Vaccines have come a long way since their 2011 classic debut album ‘What Did You Expect from The Vaccines?’. Now platinum-selling, still as relevant as ever, the band are taking on the main stage to bring the festival to a close. Vaccines guitarist Freddie Cowan has confessed that they have finished writing their fourth studio record and that they plan to debut some of it during their slot. The band have a great stage presence as showcased in their Reading 2016 performance. If it’s even half as good as that, then I’m sure we’re in for a treat.
*image courtesy of The Vaccines official Facebook page.
A band worth a mention has got to be Slaves. The Kent duo, a personal favourite of mine, will most defiantly have the maddest, most-carnage pits for the whole weekend. The two-some have been appearing on lineups left, right and centre, the fact that Laurie has recently become a father doesn’t appear to be slowing them down either. The Wombats will be gracing us with their presence after their memorable 10 year anniversary gig which is to take place in Brixton’s 02 Academy in June, to commemorate ‘A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation’. Sundara Karma are sure to whack out some absolute belters off of their recently released debut album ‘Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect’ and I beg of them to play ‘Waves’ (from EP 1). Sadly, my request will most certainly be ignored.
I could go on and on about the acts who will be playing, most of them are quite commonly known now, so a few that might not be as well known but are still worth the hype are:
- Dead Pretties – A London trio who have an unpredictable stage presence. I saw them support Drenge at Clwb Ifor Bach in December and it was manic to say the least.
- Will Joseph Cook – Supporting Sundara Karma on their tour this month, Will Joseph Cook has high expectations to live up to.
- Jaws. I am pretty sure all of my friends are fans of Jaws yet they deserve so so much more recognition than they receive. Such a beautiful band.
*courtesy of the official truck Facebook page.
It is the 20th anniversary of Truck, no wonder they have such an incredible line up. Surprisingly though, it’s not all about the music. I am yet to meet a person who has a bad thing to say about the festival. Featuring the big wheel and fancy dress themes, these are just two of the festivities that take place at the festival yearly.
Tickets are flying out. The festival is on tier 5 out of 6 in terms of tickets. According to the official twitter page, there are only 40% of tickets left so you need to be quick. Tickets are priced at £110 (excluding extras and booking fees) but will rise to £115 on tier 6.
At the rate these tickets are going at, the festival will sell out by the end of the week and with my current bank balance of £4.86, it seems extremely unlikely that I will get a ticket. *cries for the rest of my life. But:
If you can get a ticket, GET ONE.