Hill Farm in Steventon, Oxfordshire hosts the 22nd year of the UK’s longest running small festival in July, as Truck Festival revealed its monster of a line-up after their team hilariously leaked the lineup by sending acts penned onto potatoes to fans of the festival. Check out #Truckpotato on Twitter for some great pictures.
Twelve years after their last appearance at Truck, local band Foals will be returning to showcase their forthcoming twin albums, Everything Saved Will Not Be Lost on the main stage Saturday evening. When questioned on their return to the festival, Foals said “We’re coming home!”.
After the success of last year’s first Thursday opening, festival favourites Slaves will be headlining the opening night. 2018 saw the punk duo release their acclaimed third LP Acts Of Fear And Love. With new music for 2019 confirmed by guitarist Laurie Vincent, expect the unexpected on Thursday night.
Slaves performing at Truck Festival 2017
Friday will see Wolf Alice headline the Truck Stage. This will be one of the band’s few festival appearances this year. The 2018 Mercury Award winning rock band told us “We’re honoured to headline the amazing Truck festival. Cheeky legends guaranteed attendance. Do not miss this.”
Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice (Kalpesh Patel)
Closing Truck Festival on Sunday will be Irish indie legends Two Door Cinema Club – who like Foals and Slaves have previously featured at the festival, and now return for a headline performance.
Festival organiser Matt Harrap commented, “We’re extremely excited to announce our first wave of artists for this year’s show! Returning hometown heroes Foals is the icing on the cake; we’re over the moon to have them for their first Oxfordshire show in 5 years and their first at Truck since pre Antidotes! Having artists of the calibre of Two Door Cinema Club and Wolf Alice also coming to headline the event after many years of asking is truly humbling and their sets will no doubt live long in the memory.”
HMLTD at Truck Festival 2018
Other standout names on the incredible lineup include pop punk royalty You Me At Six, recent BRIT nominees IDLES, indie-pop singer Kate Nash, up and coming five-piece Shame, The Futureheads, four-piece punk act Martha,and the hugely popular pop-rock band Don Broco
The Oxfordshire festival, as always welcomes a host of local bands. “We have brilliant up and coming local talent such as Lacuna Common and Self Help”, says Matt Harrap. “Mix in the likes of You Me At Six, Nothing But Thieves and Shame and the soon to be announced epic Switch takeover of Palm City then we’ve got a real party! With ticket sales well ahead of this time last year, we really recommend not hanging around!”
Truck Festival takes place at Hill Farm, Steventon from 25th-28th July 2019.Tickets are available now but seem to be selling very quickly! This is not one to miss out on.
Crowd and Atmosphere at Truck Festival 2017
First announced acts for Truck Festival 2019:
Wolf Alice, Foals, Two Door Cinema Club, Slaves, Nothing But Thieves, You Me At Six, Don Broco, IDLES, Kate Nash, Shame, Lewis Capaldi, The Futureheads, Sea Girls, Ten Tonnes, Fontaines D.C., Spector, Clean Cut Kid, She Drew The Gun, Easy Life, Cassia, Whenyoung, Sports Team, Milk Teeth, Puppy, Only The Poets, Pip Blom, Saltwater Sun, Vistas, The Murder Capital, Lucia, Swimming Girls, Lady Bird, Press To Meco, Martha, Gaffa Tape Sandy, Heavy Lungs, Haze, Devon, The Mysterines, Kagoule, Zuzu, Annabel Allum, Cassels, Cheerbleederz, Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam, Lacuna Common, Self Help, Mr Motivator
2000trees have announced one of the hottest acts in the UK at the moment, You Me at Six as the Friday night headliner. After a trio of sell out London gigs in 2018 the Weybridge rock band are sure to pull in a big crowd for the three day festival in July at Upcote Farm near Cheltenham.
At The Drive In
You Me at Six told us “We’re really looking forward to headlining 2000trees Festival this summer. We’ve heard many amazing things about the festival, in particular it’s unrivalled atmosphere and location. The lineup is always superb, so it’s going to be a pleasure to be a part of things this year. It’s going to be a special show.”
Jamie Lenman, Paul Lyme
Festival favourite Jamie Lenman will be creating havoc in the Axiom with a Lenmania takeover. Opening, closing and curating the mini festival on the first day of 2000trees.
An enthusiastic Jamie Lenman said “I’m super excited to be bringing back Lenmania with a new twist and 2000trees is the perfect place to do it – a festival within a festival! The lineup of bands we’ve put together is completely awesome, from old buddies to new discoveries and everything in between, and it’s been great to get Trees’ input so we can assemble the best bill possible. It’s going to be immense!”
Phoxjaw, Edyta K
Amongst 33 acts in the first wave announcement were heavyweights Every Time I Die, While She Sleeps, and Therapy?. Plenty of room was left for great up and coming acts such as Estrons, Milk Teeth, Gouge Away, Phoxjaw, and Indoor Pets. Imperial Leisure will also be returning for another fun filled set. My Chemical Romance’s Frank Iero will also be making an appearance with his newly announced band, Frank Iero And The Future Violents.
2000trees Festival organiser James Scarlett said – “With 33 bands announced today there is a lot I’m excited about and I’d definitely like to point people in the direction of my new favourite band Gouge Away – they are absolutely incredible. Also a shout out is definitely needed for Every Time I Die who are playing their Hot Damn! album in full for the first time. And last but not least, Jamie Lenman has agreed to bring Lenmania to 2000trees and will be taking over the Axiom Stage all day on the Thursday with a selection of his favourite acts. In fact, he’ll be the very first act of the entire festival playing a special acoustic set and will also headline the stage with his full rock show. I can’t wait!”
This is already looking to be a cracker, building on a successful 2018 festival.
Enter Shikari at Cambridge Junction, Paul Lyme
The multi-award winning festival takes place on Thursday 11th July, Friday 12th July and Saturday 13th July 2019, at Upcote Farm near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire.
Download Festival wasted no time in announcing all three of their headline acts for their 2019 slots at Donington Park, Leicestershire. Rock powerhouse Def Leppard, metal legends Slipknot, and LA rock band Tool will front the main stage in what is bound to be a weekend of fantastic ear pounding, moshpitting heaven!
Def Leppard will be playing a UK exclusive appearance, where they will perform Hysteria in its entirety. Frontman Joe Elliott told us “We are delighted to be going back to headline Download in 2019! The festival has a very special place in our hearts and it’s such a great place to play. We will be playing Hysteria in full – yes, in full! – plus a load more of the hits, and we are going to put on a very special show for our UK fans. Can’t wait to see you all there!”
Slipknot will be providing their huge back catalogue of heavy classics such as Duality, Spit It Out, Before I Forget, and Psychosocial. Slipknot’s elite status and enduring relevance makes the masked band still stand out one of the most exciting acts in the world today.
Prog metal titans Tool will be making their grand return to headline the festival after a thirteen year break. The Grammy award winning, multi-platinum, act are set to take fans on a grandiose career spanning journey from classic albums Undertow, Lateralus, and 10,000 Days.
Download Festival’s Andy Copping said of the three headliners “We’re incredibly excited to announce three legends as Download 2019 headliners. It’s not quite been 10,000 Days since we have been able to indulge in one of our favourite alt-rock bands, but after thirteen years I am thrilled to announce Tool are finally making their long-awaited return to Download.
Renowned for being one of the best live bands on the planet due to their one-of-a-kind performances, Slipknot are an incredible addition to the main stage. Last but not least, I am honoured to welcome true Rock N’ Roll legends Def Leppard to Download who bring with them a UK exclusive chance to see Hysteria played in full.”
Other acts named include horror rock legend Rob Zombie, Guns n Roses legend Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Whitesnake, and Trivium.
The three-day festival takes place on 14 – 16 June 2019at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire, and tickets are available at 2018 prices until the 6th November, so don’t hang around!
This week Arcane Roots released their new single ‘Matter (Revel)‘, accompanied by a music video. Taken from the band’s new EP ‘Landslide‘, set to be released on the 14th September through Easy Life Records.The first single taken from the EP was the title track ‘Landslide’, which premiered on the Radio 1 Rock Show as its Rockest Record.
Described as ‘stripped back, taken apart, smashed back together, melted down again and sown back up with love’, Landslide consists of 3 reworked and reimagined tracks taken from the outstanding album ‘Melancholia Hymns‘ album. The EP will have a digital release alongside a limited edition CD and vinyl run. Make sure you get yours before they’re all gone!
Frontman Andrew Groves told us “Matter was one of the first tracks to be written for Melancholia Hymns, all the way back in 2015. It was always intended to be the second track on the record and, thankfully, it arrived almost fully formed and perfectly exemplifying the heavier aspects of the album. Lyrically, it grew out of the bitterness and resentment I was harbouring against the political climate at the time, and to say that things have changed since then would be somewhat of an understatement.
Now, given the chance to re-work it and finally release the (previously dormant) video, I wanted it to feel like the spinning decent into despair and disparity that all but surrounds us on a daily basis through our screens. I wanted the production to reflect this, like a dark fantasy of crawling through the filth, our hearts & minds consumed with revenge and retribution, like a mirror to the very injustices we’d seen, as we became more like the aggressors. Programmed at my home studio, and inspired by artists like Sevdaliza and Björk, the space and simplicity became something both paramount and punishing while we wrangled with each sound to keep it feeling like it was just bubbling beneath the surface.”
Andrew also spoke of the newly released video which he co-directed with Olly Jelly, and was produced by Sophia Groves; “The video leant itself perfectly to the even darker twist we desired and, though shot over a year previously, it’s linear narrative inspired by Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth and Ophelia, remained the perfect base from which to treat and contort the footage into the surreal nightmare we imagined. Her gradual acceptance of the darker desires of her character and eventual metamorphosis, echoes that of the darker aspects of humanity and our susceptibility to despondence, oppression and xenophobia.”
Arcane Roots have also announced a run of small, intimate gigs during October where they’ll show off an electronic set of Landslide.
‘Landslide’ UK Electronic Dates: Mon-Oct-15 – Gorilla, Manchester
Tues-Oct-16 – Hoxton Hall, London
Wed-Oct-17 – The Cookie, Leicester
Fri-Oct-19 – Rialto Theatre, Brighton
Set-Oct-20 – St Thomas The Martyr, Bristol
Mon-Oct-22 – Think Tank, Newcastle
Tues-Oct-23 – The Caves, Edinburgh
“This small excursion into electronica and score has only ever been another step towards becoming the band we set out to be, one that leaves you breathless, one that challenges you and one where the music and experience is first & foremost. From the shirt on your back to the video on your screen, to the lights in your eyes and the sleeve in your hand, we design & produce it all to give you the best experience we can. Our one and only interest is to improve that experience and strive to be better for you.” said Andrew.
The Tallest Man On Earth has released When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground, the latest single from his five part series, alongside original studio recording, Down In My Heart, via Kobalt Recordings, both accompanied by Kristian Matsson’s latest self-directed video episode.
Mattson told us, “I’ve been trying to figure out what When The Bird Sees Solid Ground is ever since I started it, and I made a little progress with this song. ‘Down In My Heart’ happened really late one night while I was playing a finger picking that I’d made myself learn a few years ago.”
A year ago Matsson began The Light In Demos. A set of quickly recorded songs, almost entirely on camera helping to develop his keen interest in photography and videography. The idea behind it was being able to get songs out when they were ready, rather than spending a year producing a number of songs and waiting for a release. Matsson found developing the songs and videos at a super-fast pace exhilarating. The Light In Demos helped pave the way for When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground, which expands on Matsson’s original concept by changing it in a few major ways. This time around songs will also be properly mixed and mastered in the studio. The songs will then be released in all the usual places.
The Tallest Man On Earth has also announced dates for his When The Bird Sees The Solid Ground Tour to show off his latest project. The worldwide solo shows will take place from late September until the end of November, including two UK dates at the wonderful Union Chapel in London. A venue with incredible acoustics that will be sure to show off Kristian’s wonderful vocal talent.
9/21 — Dortmund, DE — Konzerthaus
9/22 — Berlin, DE — Funkhaus 9/24 — London, UK — Union Chapel
9/25 — London, UK — Union Chapel
9/27 — Antwerp, BE — DeRoma
9/30 — Rotterdam, NL — Rotterdamse Schouwburg
10/1 — Amsterdam, NL — Duif
10/2 — Amsterdam, NL — Duif
10/3 — Groningen, NL — De Stadsschouwburg
10/4 — Copenhagen, DK — Bremen
10/6 — Stockholm, SE — Berwardhallen
10/7 — Goteborg, SE — Draken
10/8 — Oslo, NO — Folketeateret
11/9 — Washington, DC — Lincoln Theatre
11/10 — Philadelphia, PA — Union Transfer
11/11 — Boston, MA — Berklee Performance Center
11/12 — Northampton, MA — Academy of Music Theatre
11/13 — Montreal, QC — MTELUS
11/15 — Toronto, ON — Queen Elizabeth Theater
11/16 — Holland, MI — Hope College
11/17 — Chicago, IL — Thalia Hall
11/18 — Chicago, IL — Thalia Hall
11/19 — Eau Claire, WI — RCU Theatre
11/23 — Vancouver, BC — Chan Centre For The Performing Arts
11/24 — Seattle, WA — Neptune
11/25 — Portland, OR — Revolution Hall
11/27 — San Francisco, CA — Herbst Theatre
11/29 — Los Angeles, CA — Cathedral Sanctuary