Artist Focus: Maayan Cohen
Artist Focus
14 views
14 views

Artist Focus: Maayan Cohen

Emma Phillips - April 24, 2018
82 Views

Review: Truck Fest 2016

Truck 2016 was blessed with the perfect combination of luscious weather and scintillating bands, ensuring the sold out festival lived up to its sparkling reputation.

Friday

Following the soulful musings of Willie J Healey and Hooton Tennis Club’s leisurely indie-rock, The Magic Gang took to The Market Stage. All smiles, the Brighton based four piece were playing Truck for the second year running. The tent was brimming with fans, who proceeded to echo back every word of the boys’ slender back catalogue. Looking like a group of friends who couldn’t quite believe their success, Jack and co embraced the euphoria, closing their set with an extended performance of ‘No Fun’; the irony wasn’t lost on the crowd.

Badger favourites Clean Cut Kid lit up The Truck Stage with their infectious good feeling, dropping summer sound-tracking ‘Vitamin C’ and showing exactly why they’ve made so many friends on tour.

Yet the day belonged to old school hip hop pioneers Jurassic 5, who won over a new generation of fans whilst delighting their wide-eyed faithful. Transforming their music into a true spectacle, DJs Nu Mark and Cut Chemist mixed on giant decks, as Akil, Zaakir, Marc 7 and Chali 2na nailed every verse, coming together for a tongue in cheek choreographed dance. In such uncertain times, their message of peace and freedom has never been more needed.

SOAK provided an intellectual alternative to Catfish and the Bottlemen’s by-the-numbers indie on The Market Stage, Bridie Monds-Watson and her band entrancing the disappointingly sparse crowd; Catfish clearly attracting the majority of Truck’s youthful demographic.

Saturday

Saturday began in true Truck style with the energy of Mr Motivator, exuberantly stretching away those long nights. Next up, a trip to the Veterans and Virgins to catch Hull based The Holy Orders. With roaring guitars and crunching riffs, they recall indie rock’s finest era; album ‘For The Ears of Dogs to Come’ is well worth a listen.

The Big Moon have been 2016’s greatest breakout story, and they demonstrated why on The Truck Stage. Calm, confident, perpetually laughing, they looked at complete ease. Throwing in a sublime cover of Madonna’s ‘Beautiful Stranger’ among their own tunes, The Big Moon were there to have fun; catching their Tortoise Autumn tour is a must. Elsewhere, Public Access T.V bought some American chic to The Nest, rattling through songs from their eponymous EP, yet strangely deciding not to air new single ‘Sudden Emotion’.

Spector followed, with what can only be described as a career defining set. Opening with ‘Bad Boyfriend’ the London lads exuded class; Fred Macpherson the archetype of sophistication in his white suit and shades. Fan favourites ‘Chevy Thunder’ and ‘Never Fade Away’ made their inevitably crazed appearances, and latest release ‘Tenner’s’ sleazy bassline got the crowd swaying, complete with keyboardist Danny Blandy playing along via Skype. Closing with the anthemic ‘All The Sad Young Men’, Spector flamboyantly spun the perfect festival set.

Rat Boy brought his typical swagger to The Truck Stage, conducting the crowd with riotous relish. Loop heavy recent release ‘Get Over It’ sounded even better live, while ‘MOVE’ did just that, getting the mosh pits thoroughly ignited. ‘FAKE ID’ was the fitting set closer, a frenzied ode to youthful debauchery that left everyone humming the chorus as they drifted away. But Rat Boy wasn’t done quite yet. Returning to the stage, his band mimicked classic riffs – ‘Seven Nation Army’ and ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ among them – much to the displeasure of security. Hauled off stage as he laid waste to the drum kit, Rat Boy cemented his infamous reputation as Britain’s most exhausting live act.

Swim Deep hit all the right spots during their evening slot at The Market stage, with frontman Austin Williams clambering up the light fittings during the exquisite ‘Fueiho Boogie’. The emotive chimes of ‘King City’ marked the end of their set, a band that has gone from strength to strength since they last played Truck two years ago.

Manic Street Preachers closed a fantastic day of live music on the main stage, their cult hero status enshrined in front of a packed out crowd.

Sunday

Sunday began in smoky style with Band App winners Caspian’s Island. Almost astonished by their own presence at the festival, their electronic uproar won over the impressively large contingent of early onlookers. Beach Baby’s laidback romance was excellent foil for the gorgeous weather, and with an album and tour announced for this fall, the yearning rockers look to be going places.

Abattoir Blues’ blistering set was followed by the politically astute rock of VANT. Front man Mattie Vant was the furious articulation of a betrayed generation: “we all needed this” he told the packed out Nest, thanking the crowd for proudly waving an EU flag.

Everything Everything’s angular electro-pop was rapturously received on the Truck Stage, and Mystery Jets bought the festival to an emotional close with a career spanning set, ‘Two Doors Down’ sparking the biggest sing-along of the weekend.

Thanks for having us Truck, we’ll see ya soon.

 

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam
Artist Focus: Maayan Cohen
Artist Focus
14 views
14 views

Artist Focus: Maayan Cohen

Emma Phillips - April 24, 2018
Voodoo enthralls at The Old Market – review
Arts
19 views
19 views

Voodoo enthralls at The Old Market – review

Ricardo Reverón Blanco - April 24, 2018
15 views

Trial & error: Sex, sass and foolishness through dance

Ricardo Reverón Blanco - April 24, 2018

Leave a Reply

Join the Badger Team

Apply today!

Latest Posts

Artist Focus: Maayan Cohen
Artist Focus
14 views
Artist Focus
14 views

Artist Focus: Maayan Cohen

Emma Phillips - April 24, 2018

The Badger spoke with Sussex University’s Maayan Cohen about her creative workshop, ‘Bits and Pieces.’ Can you tell us a bit about Bits and Pieces- what’s the…

Voodoo enthralls at The Old Market – review
Arts
19 views
Arts
19 views

Voodoo enthralls at The Old Market – review

Ricardo Reverón Blanco - April 24, 2018

As part of South East Dance’s micro-festival, Undisciplined, Voodoo comes to being as a collaboration between South East Dance and Project O. Project O brings artists Alexandrina…

Arts
15 views

Trial & error: Sex, sass and foolishness through dance

Ricardo Reverón Blanco - April 24, 2018

For the concluding show of South East Dance’s micro-festival, Double Bill brings two short performances to The Old Market’s stage: Comebacks I thought of later by Eleanor…

An evening with Candoco Dance Company – review
Arts
22 views
Arts
22 views

An evening with Candoco Dance Company – review

Georgia Grace - April 24, 2018

Last week at the Attenborough Centre, the phenomenally unique and refreshing dance company Candoco brought to the stage a double bill of performances exploring identity, community and…

Jake Bugg at Brighton Dome
Arts
49 views
Arts
49 views

Jake Bugg at Brighton Dome

Matthew Nicholls - April 19, 2018

Following the release of his Fourth Studio album ‘Hearts that Strain’ in September 2017, Jake Bugg decided he wanted an intimate tour, and that is exactly what…

Should Instrumental Skill Still Matter?
Arts
74 views
Arts
74 views

Should Instrumental Skill Still Matter?

Rob Smith - April 19, 2018

I am not advocating that all music, no matter how little talent is required, is by default innovative. I will eagerly admit that much of the bland,…

Sussex student takes show to Brighton Fringe
Arts
74 views
Arts
74 views

Sussex student takes show to Brighton Fringe

Georgia Grace - April 18, 2018

  Final year English and Drama student Sophie Pester will be taking her original stage show A Glass Half Empty to Brighton Fringe next month. First performed…

What’s wrong with the literary canon?
Arts
63 views
Arts
63 views

What’s wrong with the literary canon?

Shiri Reuben - April 18, 2018

This elusive and slightly archaic category, 'the literary canon' seeps into what we know and what we think we know about 'good' and 'bad' literature. On a simple…

For students, where does work end and rest begin?
Features
86 views
Features
86 views

For students, where does work end and rest begin?

Lucy Pegg - April 17, 2018

Print Production Editor Lucy Pegg examines the difficult balance between work and rest for students. In an environment that blurs the line between productivity and recreation, can…

Cambridge Analytica: did Facebook share your personal data?
Science
64 views
Science
64 views

Cambridge Analytica: did Facebook share your personal data?

Luke Richards - April 14, 2018

The last couple of weeks have been tough for Facebook, as it reels from the public scrutiny it has received over its lackadaisical protection of personal data.…

Brighton Fringe comic Joseph Morpurgo on satire, Frankenstein and his fictitious nine-hour, one-man show
Arts
106 views
Arts
106 views

Brighton Fringe comic Joseph Morpurgo on satire, Frankenstein and his fictitious nine-hour, one-man show

Georgia Grace - April 13, 2018

At The Badger we sat down with multi-talented comic, three-time Chortle Award winner and Edinburgh Fringe favourite Joseph Morpurgo to discuss his show Hammerhead. Following a three-week…

Amritsar: 99 years later and still no apology
Comment
119 views
Comment
119 views

Amritsar: 99 years later and still no apology

William Singh - April 12, 2018

99 years ago on Friday, one British general marched his soldiers into an enclosed garden in the vicinity of the holy Golden Temple and sealed off the…

Talking disability, identity and inclusion through dance – Candoco preview
Arts
112 views
Arts
112 views

Talking disability, identity and inclusion through dance – Candoco preview

Georgia Grace - April 12, 2018

Candoco are a company of disabled and non-disabled dancers who, for the past 25 years, have challenged ideas about what dance can be and who gets to…

Voodoo preview
Arts
73 views
Arts
73 views

Voodoo preview

Ricardo Reverón Blanco - April 12, 2018

“[A] science fiction that addresses the desire, confusion and responsibility felt as individuals, who are also symbols of many long-persecuted people.” (Quoted from Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamila…

Interview with Chris Watson: Take a trip to No Man’s Land this spring
Lifestyle
156 views
Lifestyle
156 views

Interview with Chris Watson: Take a trip to No Man’s Land this spring

Louisa Streeting - April 6, 2018

Sound recordist, Chris Watson, spoke to The Badger about his new installation piece featured in the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts until 13 April 2018. From…

“A moving symbol of cooperation and humanity” – COAL review
Arts
193 views
Arts
193 views

“A moving symbol of cooperation and humanity” – COAL review

William Singh - March 31, 2018

“This is not a show. It’s something else”, we’re told. Gary Clarke’s dance performance of the life and decline of Britain’s mining communities is certainly something else.…

Brighton’s craft beer festival returns in April for third year
Lifestyle
197 views
Lifestyle
197 views

Brighton’s craft beer festival returns in April for third year

Louisa Streeting - March 28, 2018

Brighton will become the hub of craft beer in more than a dozen pubs from April 27-29. The Brighton Tap Takeover returns for a third year bringing…

Young blood promotes brain regeneration
Science
135 views
Science
135 views

Young blood promotes brain regeneration

Nikolaos Manesis - March 28, 2018

On the "growing old is natural" vs "it should be medically reversed" debate, vampires have crossed the picket line from the get-go and scientists have just proven…

The educational psychology of children with autism
Science
162 views
Science
162 views

The educational psychology of children with autism

Nikolaos Manesis - March 28, 2018

The scientific field of educational psychology studies the relationship between learning processes and the individual differences in cognitive development, motivation and intelligence. The majority of children are…

Stand Up & Slam review
Arts
150 views
Arts
150 views

Stand Up & Slam review

Alex Leissle - March 28, 2018

Sometimes the best experiences are those you initially question. Stand Up & Slam is one such idea, for it is a resounding triumph of an evening. Hosted…