2016 was Trucks biggest and best year to date. Throwing it back to the 80s, Steventon was flooded with latex and fluorescent colours alike. With cameos from the likes of Mr Motivator, spirits of the 10,000 strong crowd were high and so was the energy.
In keeping with the 80s theme saw the debut of the brand spanking new Sunset Lounge. A cocktail bar where you could sip on a Long Island Iced tea whilst getting down to anything from Bowie to Duran Duran.
Next door saw the introduction of The Nighthawk Cinema, which offered a more relaxing place to hang as well as the best movies around (Think Jurassic Park, Despicable Me etc).
The popular Palm city returned bigger and better than before, headed up by Entirety Labs & Horizons offering up an all-day dance party of funky house and techno. This, like last year was a hot spot for Truckers.
Friday night really kicked off when Jurassic 5 who had just landed in the UK push out the positive energy with a hit laiden set. Following this it was time for the incredible Catfish and the Bottlemen take headline the main stage. The crowd and the atmosphere was electric and this just may have been one of the best sets Truck has ever seen. Elsewhere Friday was a particularly good day for the up and coming stars of the future, The Magic Gang packed out the Market Stage followed by the extremely talented Eliza and the Bear.
With a huge Friday to live up too, Saturday of Truck did not disappoint. Trucks new venue “The Nest”, saw the likes of ones to watch Spring King and Basement pack out and arguably play their best show to date. Rat Boy and Circa Waves were insanely popular and filled the gloriously sunny afternoon with their chirpy indie rock and perfectly built momentum for the legends that are the Manic Street Preachers. Who, may we add absolutely smashed the main stage and had us all standing with our hands in the air belting out ‘A Design for Life’.
Not to be beaten, Sunday, yes Sunday! Truck 2016 saw the introduction of an extra day and it was an absolute corker. Everyone’s favourite Everything Everything delivered a truly enigmatic set to a sunny Oxford. As well as Jack Savoretti and Blossoms whose emerging profiles will undoubtedly be quadrupled by next year. Kodaline ended the weekend perfectly, with their Sunday headline slot. Bringing a touch of emotion and passion to the crowd as we all swayed and sang “High hopes” back to them. Then, for everyone who wasn’t quite done that Norman Jay MBE hit the decks in the Market Stage so that everyone could get every last bit of Truck magic that they could.
With something for everyone and hosting the best talent you can find, Truck 2016 really was the best party of the year.