BBC introducing in Oxford present Friday, with Dave Gilyeat and Liz Green compering debut Truck appearances from Self-help, Mother, Wednesday’s Wolves, Wolfs, Who’s Alice, Phoebe Rose, Worry and The White Lakes.
Friday night is capped off by a special one-off reunion show from Truck founding fathers Goldrush, and the return of Trucking heroes Electric Soft Parade, both playing career-spanning “best-of” sets. Close your eyes and it could be 2003…
Saturday kicks off with superstar children’s singer Nick Cope, followed by local acoustic trio BMW, party-kickstarters The Shapes, acoustic songstress Katy Rose Bennett (the artist formerly known as KTB!), and synth-poppers Alphabet Backwards, in what has become a traditional Truck communion with their adoring audience. There’s a treat in the form of NYC Anti-folk innovator Lach, and a return for Le Emu Tavern, featuring Holy Roman Empire frontman Ste Fleming (who’s promised to roll out some HRE ‘hits’ as well. Benazir Bhutto anyone? Only the greatest pop song ever written..). We move into Saturday evening with deliciously mental psychedelic-pop from Hull’s Matt Edible & The Obtuse Angels, before possibly the most interesting set of the weekend, “Drag Syndrome“, a fabulous cross-dressing cabaret show performed by a range of celebrated actors with down’s syndrome including Steventon’s own TV star Otto Baxter. Trying to follow that(!) will be Romsey/Oxford space-rockers Co-pilgrim, with 4 albums in the last 4 years and a new LP in the offing to draw from, and jangle-pop supergroup Bennett Wilson Poole (featuring Robin from the Dreaming Spires, Danny the Champ, and Carterton-based 12-string guitar legend Tony Poole), before the ultimate lunatic psych-synth-pop party explosion that is Fonda 500 will get everyone conga-ing into the night.
Sunday kicks off with brilliant off-kilter pop from Winchester’s Incredible Weapons, before a welcome reunion (post child-related musical break!) for Truck-beloved husband and wife folk-pop duo Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou, and a rare appearance for Belfast-expat Brian Bell’s fictional power-pop ensemble The Raving Beauties. We’re delighted to welcome back Loose records’ Cornish roots-grunge trio William The Conqueror, whose Proud Disturber Of The Peace LP and accompanying live shows have been steadily picking up fans all over the country, and 19 years on from her first appearance we’re also thrilled to see experimental folk multi-instrumentalist and chanteuse Rachael Dadd back at Hill Farm. Rounding off a totally brilliant weekend will be Bakersfield, California’s rockabilly guitar heroes Speedbuggy USA and Oxfordshire’s leading purveyors of beautifully crafted widescreen alt-country The Epstein.
Phew! We can’t wait..