Wednesday, February 06, 2019


Foals, IDLES, The Futureheads, Shame, Fontaines DC, Pip Blom, Heavy Lungs... For the first time in a few years, and despite the presence of Slaves, You Me At Six and Don Broco on the bill, Truck actually looks like a festival I might like to go to (if I was still living in Oxfordshire, that is).

The appearance of Oxford-based Foals has inevitably been the headline news, but there does seem to have been a shift in policy from the organisers. Previous line-ups have featured lots of bright and not-so-bright young things but with veteran headliners to lure older punters (Manic Street Preachers, Basement Jaxx, The Charlatans); this year, Foals and The Futureheads are just about the most long-standing acts on the bill. Perhaps this focus on youth will mean that the site will be overrun by even more braying overprivileged teenagers than normal. On second thoughts, then, maybe it's best I'm not there...

Meanwhile, happy eighth birthday to the record store affiliated with the festival. The fact that The August List are among those to have been invited to play at Truck's party this coming Saturday is a measure of their good taste. HMV may have closed and Fopp on Gloucester Green is about to follow, but it's reassuring to know that the independent alternative down on Cowley Road, in the heart of the city's music scene, continues to not only survive but thrive.

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