PREVIEW: Truck Festival, Oxfordshire (20-22 July)

Music fans at Truck Festival this weekend will be hoping the weather is a lot kinder than it was last year, when heavy rain turned large sections of the site into a mudbath. With only the occasional light rain shower forecast at the time of writing, we’re hopeful of a far sunnier affair this time around.

Whatever the weather though, there is a whole stack of music on offer across the event’s eight stages, including what promise to be huge sets from Editors, George Ezra, Fickle Friends, The Amazons, and Friendly Fires among many others. The last few tickets are available here, and check out our selection of must-sees from beyond the headliners if you’re heading along…


London indie-rock outfit Gengahr have been causing a stir of late, particularly since the release of their second album Where Wildness Grows back in March. Check out their set for some melodic loudness. (6.30pm, Saturday, The Nest)

Gengahr – Carrion


London-based Irish trip Whenyoung have been steadily honing their sound since releasing their first music last summer. Guitars are very much at the forefront, alongside vocals from Aoife Power. An absolute must-see. (4.30pm, Saturday, The Market Stage)

Whenyoung – Heaven On Earth


Building profile steadily since launching debut tune Hey last year, Hey Charlie are an all-girl grunge pop outfit that have it all going on – a strong band identity, good material, and plenty of attitude. Theirs is one of the sets we can’t wait to catch. (2pm, Sunday, The Market Stage)

Hey Charlie – Hey


London indie-rockers Stereo Honey have been on our radar for a while now. Frontman Pete Restrick’s captivating vocals are the perfect finish for the band’s haunting sound that at times reminds us of some early Editor’s material. Great to see these guys getting the recognition they deserve – and if you like what you hear below then don’t miss their set as they’re even better live. (3.30pm, Friday, The Market Stage)

Stereo Honey – The Bay


We’ve been big fans of indie foursome The Night Café for a while now. The Liverpool band combine dreamy guitar riffs with personal lyrics to create absorbing, atmospheric music and it transfers brilliantly to the live stage. (5pm, Sunday, The Market Stage)

The Night Café – Turn


The Seamonsters are a six-strong Sheffield indie-pop outfit with a knack for catchy tunes. They’re appearing at a host of festivals this summer including Tramlines and YNOT? and are well worth catching at Truck as they’re a lively, promising group with a similar raw edge that fellow Truck Festival act The Big Moon had at the very beginning. We reckon they’re set for big things. (1.40pm, Saturday, The Barn)

The Seamonsters – Wonderland


Liverpool band Red Rum Club are just perfect for the festival circuit. Not only do they have a unique Americana edge to their upbeat songs but frontman Francis Doran also knows how to make a real show of things. Guaranteed fun to be had from this set. (6.30pm, Sunday, The Barn)

Red Rum Club – Calexico/Gangsta’s Paradise (Sofar Liverpool)


Last but not least, absolutely do not miss Sea Girls. These chaps have been working hard to build up their profile over the past year or so and have been making headway. It’s a success built on good solid tunes and a polished live show as you’ll see at Truck. Catch them on the road in October too if you can. (3pm, Saturday, The Truck Stage)

Sea Girls – Call Me Out


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