The ornate centre-piece of Oxford’s bustling music scene, Truck Festival returns this in it’s second year under new management. 2012’s festival saw Truck scale back from the grandiose 2011 showing in wake of “economic issues” which seriously threatened the future of the popular festival. Oxford residents and regulars will be pleased it rose from the ashes to return, embracing it’s roots for cheaper tickets and showcasing local acts amongst the bigger names. This year sees headline sets from Spiritualized and The Horrors across 19-20 July. Underneath are our six must see artists at this weekend’s bonanza!
1. Tall Ships (Saturday, The Barn Stage)
One of finest British guitar acts you’re likely to see live these days, Tall Ships are simply breathtaking. Combining post-rock instrumentals with mathy time signatures, they’ll not only beguile you with innovative compositions, but they’re quite likely to blow you away with raucous guitar noise and their vicious live energy.
2. Bo Ningen (Friday, The Barn Stage)
Japanese acid punk. Why the hell not!
3. Salvation Bill (Saturday, The Barn Stage)
Whether it has been ute, The (Old) Grinding Young, or their most recent incarnation Salvation Bill, one thing which you can guarantee from a band fronted by Oli Thomas is humor and pathos. One of the city’s most promising young songwriters, Thomas has been picked up on having the fragile voice of Thom Yorke with the perverse mind of Nick Cave. Often as theatrical as it is touching, we don’t mind what name they go by, as long they keep writing such amazing songs then we are a happy bunch.
4. Gunning For Tamar (Saturday, The Barn Stage)
It’s been a hectic few years for Gunning for Tamar. Signed to Alcopop! Records and touring around Europe, the boys have been UK pioneers in a resurgent math-rock scene. As flawless live as on record, you’re guaranteed a good show with this lot.
5. TOY (Saturday, The Market Stage)
Having risen to prominence on the wave of the UK nu-gaze scene, TOY are not a bunch of bandwagonesque try-hards; they have the songs to back it up. Their self-titled debut released last year by Heavenly Records is proof of that.
6. The Joy Formidable (Friday, The Main Stage)
Despite having only release two LPs, The Joy Formidable, as they name rightly suggests, are worthy additions to the Main Stage at Truck this year. Their sophomore, Wolf’s Law, was released earlier this year and took the band into noisier, prog-ier territory and should make up the bulk of a terrific live set this Friday.
Visit Truck Festival’s official website for more on this year’s line-up and other essential information.