Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Truck stop?

As of yesterday, Truck got a whole load more appealing, with the addition of Fat White Family, Eagulls and Bo Ningen to the bill. It might yet turn out to be Stanley's first festival - well, the first non-friend-organised festival, anyway - despite the fact that I'd be running the risk of witnessing Slaves again (see the review of the NME Awards Tour show, as and when it appears)....

In fields further afield, this year's Latitude can boast Portishead, Manic Street Preachers, Thurston Moore, Caribou, Savages, Public Service Broadcasting, Drenge, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Nadine Shah and The Twilight Sad, as well as the usual host of other entertainment.

Like Latitude, End Of The Road is another festival I've never been to but really must try at some point - especially when they can put together a line-up that includes Tame Impala, Mark Lanegan Band, Sleaford Mods, Fat White Family, Ex Hex, Ought, My Morning Jacket and Sufjan Stevens. Personally speaking, though, Ty Segall's supercharged garage rock band Fuzz would probably be the biggest draw. I don't suppose there's much chance of them being late additions to the very Brit-centric Truck bill, unfortunately.

End Of The Road is a reminder that festival season extends well beyond the summer these days, and the Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia is another. It's a more obscure, niche event, but booking Spiritualized as headliners is a big coup, particularly if (as anticipated) they end up giving attendees a sneak preview of new material from their forthcoming album. Fingers crossed the latter is less patchy than its predecessor, 2012's Sweet Heart Sweet Light.

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