• Jacob Simmons

Truck 2018: Livewire's Preview

Ok, confession time. I’m 21-years-old, which is old enough to drink, drive (not at the same time, of course), and pretty much do whatever I want within the realms of the law. But, I have never been to a festival. You’re disappointed, I know.

It’s ok, though, because I will be attending this year’s Truck festival, which kicks off on the 19th July in Oxfordshire. Formed in 1998, which makes it nearly as old as I am, which is terrifying, Truck was started by the Bennett family, including Robin and Joe Bennet of the band Goldrush, and has been going strong ever since. Called “The Godfather of small music festivals”, Truck began as an alternative to the larger music festivals of the time, such as Glastonbury, which the Bennetts labelled “predictable” and “commercial”. Time to see if Truck has maintained its indie credentials, or has gone the way of Glasto and sold out.

At first glance it seems that the latter statement may be true. Acts on the bill for Truck 2018 include the incredibly popular and, dare I say, “commercial” acts of Everything Everything, Jake Bugg and George Ezra, who scored both a number one album and single just this year. If that isn’t commercial, then I don’t know what is.

However, it if appears I’m being down on Truck, then I apologise, because I am really looking forward to it. I’ve never been of the opinion that mainstream equals bad and I’m actually incredibly excited for acts like Jake Bugg and George Ezra. Everything Everything have always been a bit Nothing Nothing in my opinion, but my girlfriend is also coming and she likes them, so that’s nice.

The lineup also boasts some other incredible acts that I cannot wait to see: The Sherlocks have been on my gig wishlist for a while now, De La Soul should be a fun experience and I have been hooked on Fickle Friends’ debut album for about a month now and knowing I’ll finally be able to yell the words “You Are Someone Else!” alongside Natassja Shiner brings me no end of joy.

Further down the bill, but no less tantalising, are acts like We Are Scientists, The Big Moon and Milk Teeth, all of whom could realistically be on the main stage of this festival in the next few years. It’s time to get my “I Saw Them Before They Were Cool” t-shirt out and wear it with pride.

All-in-all, Truck should be an extremely enjoyable weekend and quite the way to lose my festival virginity. So stay with Livewire and The Loop for the full Truck review, interviews with bands and artists and updates of badly I smell over the next few days. Wish me luck folks, I’m going Truckin’.

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