Truck Festival 2016 – the beginnings of a promising comeback for guitar music

Truck Festival returned to the idyllic fields of Hill Farm in Steventon, Oxfordshire last weekend for its seventh consecutive year, and it’s fair to say we fell in love. We’re definitely not ready to forget about it just yet. After ironing out various capacity issues that affected last years festival, Truck Festival came back bigger and better than ever.

Top class headliner performances came from the likes of indie dreamboats Catfish and the Bottlemen and old favourites Manic Street Preachers, among many other incredible sets from rising bands and artists.

Friday got off to a bang as Brighton four-piece Yonaka took to the Market stage early on. Leaving us wanting more, the band brought their set to a close with rip-roaring single Ignorance.

Over on the main stage, spirits were high as the weather brightened up for our faves Clean Cut Kid. CCK were their usual energetic, upbeat selves, despite being a little worn out from their crazy schedule.

Jodie Abacus found his way to our hearts once again, playing swoon-worthy hit after hit including Hot Kitchen and She’s In Love With The Weekend.

Elsewhere, Reading-based band The Amazons were definitely an unexpected highlight of the weekend; their indie anthems well suited to the main stage.

Later on in the evening, Jurassic 5’s chilled out hip-hop got the masses dancing, before headliners Catfish and the Bottlemen took to the stage. Which worked out nicely, considering how much energy is required for a Catfish show. The indie-rockers put on an electrifying show, performing hits from number one album The Ride, including Soundcheck, 7 and latest single, Twice.

As Saturday rolled around, we were more than ready for our second helping of music. The day kicked off with groovy pop singer Samm Henshaw on the Market stage, who proved that you don’t need to be on the main stage to give it your all.

They also say good things come in groups of three, and this was definitely the case on Saturday afternoon. Ferocious punk-rockers Spring King delivered a terrific show of fasted paced garage-rock, cementing themselves as one of the highlights of the weekend, performing hit after hit from debut album Tell Me If You Like To.

The Big Moon showed Truck Festival how much of a worthy comeback guitar music is making. The four-piece performed most loved hits Cupid and Sucker, plus a cover by Madonna, which they completely OWNED.

Sundara Karma’s set welcomed the sun out from behind the clouds. Basking in the late afternoon glow, frontman Oscar belted out Flame and Loveblood. Look out for our interview with the band coming soon.

Headliners Circa Waves and Manic Street Preachers were all the rage on Saturday night. But sometimes it’s cool take a step away from the main stage and appreciate what could be our future headliners…

We made our way over to the Barn Stage, to check out Manchester-based band Barron. The four-piece endeavoured to put on a stadium-worthy performance, giving off an incredibly ambitious sound – driven by powerful piano and guitar riffs, a heavy bass and pounding drums.

Sunday brought the last day of music and the hottest day by far – giving us the opportunity to top up our tan (yay!) Tents were sweaty, but that didn’t stop us enjoying our first set of the day, which came from another of Reading’s finest bands – Palm Honey, channeling a psych-pop vibe.

Moving over to the Nest stage, Kent-born punk group Get Inuit opened their set with the Pokémon theme tune, which we’re sure would’ve sealed the deal for many festival-goers. They rattled through an energetic set, with frontman Jamie Glass brimming with a quirky aura, making them a pleasure to watch.

VANT followed a few hours later, a highly charged atmosphere lingering as they performed tracks with a heavy heart in light of the recent political news. EU flags appeared in the middle of the mosh-pits as frontman Mattie Vant belted out Birth Certificate and The Answer.

Drawing the festival to a close, Mystery Jets were up next at the Market stage – albeit 45 minutes late due to technical issues. Several chants later, our favourites were extremely apologetic as they finally made the stage, performing old classics such as Half In Love With Elizabeth, and newer tracks such as Bubblegum and Bombay Blue. All was definitely forgiven within the first fifteen minutes! After headlining the main stage festival five years ago, they seemed incredibly honoured to be back.

And with many other bands hoping to be back for next year, it seems like Truck Festival is a favourite for artists, bands and music fans alike.