Truck Festival 2014 – The Preview

The 18th and 19th July brings the brilliant Truck Festival into our lives. Since its humble beginnings in 1998 Truck has gone on to create our kind of festival. Headliners who mean the world to their fans and represent something special supported by a host of the best new bands who aim to one day reach that headline dream. Organisers must have thought they had a job on their hands to pick out two bigger headliners than last year’s Spiritualized and The Horrors but they’ve managed it. The Cribs and White Lies take the throne at Hill Farm this year with a variety of So Young favourites keeping things warm. Oxford’s Truck Festival is treating the public to the sounds of PEACE, Superfood, Swim Deep and Big Deal on its main stage whilst the “smaller” stages still boast the likes of Blood Red Shoes, Circa Waves and Cerebral Ballzy! We’ll be down the front so we will see you there. Here are our recommendations for the weekend. Which will also be in the festival’s programme.


The Birmingham four piece have recently stepped in to what seems their third incarnation. Since releasing the ‘Delicious’ EP and debut album ‘In Love’, Peace are back with more unabashed pop songs to make you dance. A perfect soundtrack for what we hope to be a sunny weekend! Dom from the band recently said to us, “if nobody draws a comparison between us and Justin Timberlake’s ‘Justified’ I would be very surprised” Need we say any more?

Swim Deep

In what seems to be a list dominated by the second city, Birmingham’s teen favourites Swim Deep caused a mighty stir in 2013 and we are excited for them to splash their sunny sounds on our weekend. Expect crowds of girls wearing chokers and maybe a cover of a 90s classic.


Not only do they carry the stongest brummie accents of the three but they’re also the pioneers for something different. Superfood extract everything great about the “Brit Pop” era and produce something that feels fresh yet nostalgic, but most of all it’s contagiously fun! Cue late night sing-alongs to your new favourite songs.

The Cribs

Headlining Friday night are The Cribs and no band embody the spirit of So Young more. The fiercely independent Wakefield three-piece are now in their 12th anniversary year. Five albums in, The Cribs have achieved cult band status. Having attained their fair share of commercial success without compromising or selling out they are the epitomy of an independent band. We can’t wait to watch the career spanning set from the group that sound-tracked our formative years.

Cerebral Ballzy

Take a chance on some New York street punk with a 70s infusion. Given the nod by Julian Casablancas label ‘Cult Records’, Cerebral Ballzy promise high octane skate noise with no let up from start to finish.