August 8, 2017 |

Truck Festival 2017

Truck Festival 2017

August 8, 2017 |

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Words and Photographs: Helen Messenger and Vicki Bailey

Returning to Hill Farm, in South Oxfordshire for it’s celebratory 20th anniversary was a bigger and brighter ‘Truck Festival’. Well...brighter until around 7pm on the first day when the rain that had been threatening all day finally arrived. Unfortunately a large number of people had only just managed to get into the site and set up by this point due to issues with getting enough people through stringent bag checks quickly enough. There were reports of a 40 minute walk to get to the back of the queue for entry, people were not amused at this point but after a bit of a false start tents were set up, cans were opened and that rumble of noise from the main stage signalled the start of another great summer festival.

For quite early on the first day, with a few hundred people still in the queue to get into the festival the tent holding the ‘Nest’ stage was pretty well packed for ‘WSTR’. The pop punkers hit the stage slightly late to a rowdy crowd of fans and blasting through their short set of bouncing pop enthusiastically.

Janine Shilstone, lead singer of Scottish band ‘Vukovi’ really, really knows how to work a crowd. She strutted, posed, came down to the barrier to snap a selfie all without missing a beat. Definitely more people in the tent than at the end of their set than at the start, the sign of a bands festival appearance gaining them some new fans.

Oxford’s own ‘Catgod’ coming fresh from their EP release show a week previous appeared in the Veterans and Virgins tent (which traditionally showcases the old and the new at Truck) a good crowd as you would expect for some ‘locals’ playing their jazz funk mixture.

Indie rockers ‘The Big Moon’ lucked out with missing the rain whilst being on the main stage and managed to get the ever increasing crowd into the festival spirit with some mad rhythms and great sounding harmonies.

We’re shortly going to run out of words to put in front of the word ‘Wife’ to form new band names but luckily ‘Dream Wife’ have already snapped up this ironic title for themselves. Officially one of ‘Altcorners’ discoveries of the festival we loved the attitude, the noise, the piercing stare of singer Rakel Mjöll which may or may not have been investigating our soul for signs of weakness. The newly massive Market Stage was acting as a haven from the rain at the time, granted but at least 80% of the people in that tent were having a jolly bit of fun.

Three piece ‘Arcane Roots’ are preparing to release their third studio album and included some newer tracks in their early evening set in the Nest tent. As with a few other bands who feel totally at home in a 2000 Trees setting, the Truck festival crowd were a little more unsure and it was a shame to see the tent less full than it was earlier in the day. The band of course were as note perfect as ever.

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