Summer 2017 has an immense lineup of festivals coming up, with some of the best rock bands being given a well deserved platform on the most famous festival stages this summer. Truck festival definitely stood out for me, and I think it’s safe to say the lineup is one of the best festival lineups to have come out in the past few years. With some immense bands playing, like Franz Ferdinand and The Libertines, there’s also an unreal host of smaller acts to grace the lineup. For those of you lucky enough to have got tickets (as it’s now completely sold out), here are your top 10 bands to watch out for at Truck.

Pulled Apart By Horses

For fans of heavy, gritty post punk heaviness, Pulled Apart By Horses would be right up your street. A thrilling live band, they’re full of punk angst and aggression, making for vividly exciting and intense live shows. They’re highly receptive to crowd reactions too, making the exciting energetic vibe of festivals the perfect atmosphere to see the Leeds quartet in.

Top tracks: I Punched A Lion In The Throat & Medium Rare

Pulled apart by horses
Pulled Apart By Horses

Yak

Yak are a messy three piece, full of loud blaring riffs and a wild on stage presence. They’re a proper rock group, with undertones of alt-rock, garage and post punk to their tracks. They’re very heavy and have this raucous bite on stage. They’re crazily entertaining too, and use their amped up guitar sound to create this forceful explosive nature live.

Top tracks: Alas Salvation & Plastic People

The Magic Gang

The Magic Gang are probably the most perfect indie band out there- fun lyrics, brilliant riffs and wonderful interactions with the crowd makes them one of the most fun and entertaining live bands I’ve seen. They have a more reserved indie sound, which has a perfect rock solid beat throughout, giving them the perfect sound to jump and mosh to. Their energy and charisma, and just overall fun they have on stage, makes them a pleasure to witness playing live.

Top tracks: Lady Please & No Fun

The Big Moon

I love seeing bad-ass women taking over the rock industry, and The Big Moon are the best band right now doing this. Their riffs are beautifully catchy and mesmerising, with the drop in Formidable an unreal piece of rock music. Their feel good indie rock aura is made even better by Soph’s stunning vocal, which goes from soothing and light to raw and rich in seconds- they’re one of those bands who I can envisage getting massive one day, and their set at Truck ought to be a huge step for the band.

Top tracks: Formidable & Cupid

The Big Moon
The Big Moon

Inheaven

Fusing indie rock with pop and grunge, Inheaven have this crazy pop-art aura to them, very stylish and messy and fun live. With tracks that naturally draw heavy moshing and circle pits, James, Chloe, Jake and Joe were made to be on stage. They have a really sick bad-ass attitude which gives them a unique edge, and this is channelled perfectly on stage. They adore their fans too, and their love and excitement on stage makes them one of the most fun, passionate bands I know.

Top tracks: Baby’s Alright & Treats

Yonaka

Yonaka are one of the most crazily unique bands out there, with a very unorthodox and interesting sound.The alt-rock group are fronted by Theresa who has one of the most killer voices ever. The band group heavy alt rock sounds with post-punk indie elements to give them a wildly explosive rock’n’roll bite. And they’re touring this month with Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and Strange Bones, so they must be good.

Top tracks: Ignorance & Drongo

Palm Honey

Indie psychedelia and hazy drugged up rock comes from Palm Honey, who have a highly intriguing and distinctive sound. Their tracks are full of distortions and blurred guitars- they’ve got these really exciting psychedelic rock elements to their sound which takes you right back to the 1960s. To see how they conjure up their trippy psychedelic sound live will be really intriguing, and they have the potential to be the most exciting bands to play the weekend.

Top tracks: Bewitched & Bones

palm honey
Palm Honey

Goat Girl

Goat Girl are a cynical four piece, full of bitter lyrics with a rough indie guitar rock element to them. They’re really unique, as in no other band out there seems to have the dark indie sound that they do. They have this unorthodox ‘no shit’ approach, which makes them effortlessly cool- this attitude transcends their music, and makes their on stage presence almost intimating, making them an unreal act to catch live.

Top tracks: Country Sleaze & Scum

Tigercub

This Brighton three piece are a group I’ve been desperate to see live for months now. They’re bold and brash and abrasive, with a heavy gritty alternative rock sound to their tracks. This doesn’t take away from the meticulous riffs and polished well written tunes they have though; the band possess a brilliantly raw DIY rock edge, which blends together post punk with alt-rock and grunge. For anyone into messy grunge with a raw authentic 90s sound, Tigercub are the band for you.

Top tracks: Pictures of You & Rich Boy

Tigercub
Tigercub

Palace

An artsy, alternative indie rock band, Palace have one of the coolest auras out there. They use beautiful riffs drowned in elegance and simplicity with haunting lyrics, all so well written and well composed. Their tracks posses a refined edge, with a very controlled delicacy. Leo’s vocals are stunning too, and it’ll be unreal to hear tracks from their stellar album So Long Forever performed live.

Top tracks: Have Faith & Bitter

Other bands to catch… Franz Ferdinand, Abbatoir Blues, RedFaces, Crows, VANT, Cabbage, The Libertines, Slaves, The Wombats, JAWS, The Vaccines & Sundara Karma

Listen to my Ultimate Truck Fest 2017 playlist below:

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Earlier this morning, the official Reading and Leeds social media accounts broke the internet with their line-up for 2016. Some brilliant bands, like Eagles of Death Metal, Slaves, Foals, Rat Boy and The Courteeners are on the line up, but there are some crap acts on that list as well. We’ve decided to round up the top five performances from Reading 2015, from artists who brought pure, gritty rock n roll to all the stages

Slaves, NME Stage

August 2015 saw Slaves play to one of the most lively, excited crowds ever when they performed on the NME stage at last year’s festival. Delivering a messy, sweaty show, the punk-grime Kent duo filled the entire tent with crazed enthusiastic fans who chanted along at the top of their lungs to all the tracks the band played. Laurie and Isaac played an array of tracks, from the hard-core punk tracks ‘Wow!!!7am’ and ‘White Knuckle Ride’ to crowd favourites ‘The Hunter’ and their new track ‘Facing the Wall.’ Their gritty raw punk-grime sound was like an explosion of energy and light hearted witty humour. Isaac’s popular story of walking Debbie back to her car (resulting in the crowd chanting ‘WHERE’S YOUR CAR DEBBIE? DEBBIE, WHERE’S YOUR CAR?’) and Laurie’s tragic story of the death of his fancy goldfish Gerald amused and entertained the crowd, who could easily have watched the punk pair perform for the rest of the day. The band will be back next year, following their sold-out January tour which was postponed after Isaac dislocated his shoulder whilst crowd surfing at the UEA Norwich back in November. A few weeks later, he dislocated his other shoulder whilst dancing onto the stage, and according to Laurie, he dislocated his other shoulder just before their January show in London…here’s hoping his joints stay in place for next August!

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Royal Blood, Main Stage

Following their intense set on the NME stage in 2014, Royal Blood were promoted onto the Main Stage last year where they delivered a powerful performance with blaring guitar riffs, killer drumming, and sweaty mosh pits of thousands of people. Mike Kerr (vocalist and bassist) delivered his intense heavy bass lines, accompanied by Ben Thatcher (drummer) smashing the drums. The crowd screamed back the guitar riffs, especially the captivating bass lines to the tracks ‘Out of the Black’ and ‘Little Monster’; when the crowd sing back your guitar riffs, you know you’re doing something right. The aggressive music was accompanied by Mike’s cutting voice and poetic lyrics, which have been praised by musicians like Alex Turner and Jimmy Page. Featuring Ben leaping in to the crowd and Mike strutting around stage blaring out Black Sabbath riffs, the eight track long set featured their UK debut of new track ‘Hook, Line and Sinker’ which is due to come out on their album scheduled for release later this year. And if the Reading performance was anything to go by, their upcoming album and tour dates are ones not to be missed.

Catfish and Bottlemen, NME stage

Following their top ten debut album ‘The Balcony’ from 2014, Catfish and the Bottlemen absolutely smashed the NME stage last time round, playing to a packed out tent where eager fans were even watching from outside the tent on the big screens. Van’s energy and charisma as a frontman has the professionalism of legendary rock stars, yet he still has his cheeky cocky attitude which makes all the girls fall head over heels for him. Benji, Bondy, Bob and Van gave one of the most impressive sets of the weekend, playing popular crowd pleasers (which are, to be fair, the entire album) including ‘Cocoon’ and ‘Pacifier’. To me, the most incredible track they did was ‘Tyrants’ (purely because of the beautifully melodic guitar) or ‘Homesick’ where once the track ended, Van proceeded to sing acoustically the evocative lines ‘I said, I’m only looking out for you, she said it’s obvious that’s a lie. But I only ever put out for you, you know it’s obvious you don’t try.’ The energy and atmosphere inside the tent was phenomenal as well, despite security being on ‘high alert’ as Van put it. From the flares and smoke bombs to Van daring members of the audience to crowd surf on a lilo being passed around, the entire set was insane, and given the band recently sold out Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl in matter of minutes, it’s only the start for them.

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Wolf Alice, NME Stage

Wolf Alice are definitely the biggest and best grunge band to come out of the UK in years; having just released their Mercury prize nominated debut ‘My Love is Cool’ last June, the album peaked at number two, and the band already have a sold out UK tour planned for March. Their glitter obsessed, indie-grunge fans love them to pieces, and their Reading performance makes it clear why. Ellie (lead singer) has the look of a pop grunge groupie, with her willowy figure and light blond hair, and with Theo, Joel and Joff, the band deliver a perfect set each time they perform live. They opened their set with the heavy head banger ‘Fluffy’ before going straight into ‘She’, tracks from ‘My Love is Cool’ and the ‘Blush’ EP respectively. They also performed their grungy hard core tracks ‘Giant Peach’ and ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’, but not all their tracks were crazed heavy rock induced pieces; they also played some lighter, beautiful songs, like ‘Blush’ and ‘Bros’ which show off Ellie’s beautiful melodic voice, a contrast to the heavy Courtney Love-esque screeching in ‘You’re a Germ’. The band’s set was insane; Ellie’s edgy pure grunge voice works so well in harmony with Joel’s light backing vocals, which paired with the heavy riffs from Joff and Theo makes them one of the most exciting grunge bands right now.

Marmozets, Main Stage

Before Reading, I hadn’t heard of Marmozets (ashamed to admit that), yet having watched their set on the Main Stage, I can’t believe I hadn’t discovered them sooner! Becca, Sam, Jack, Will and Josh are easily one of the most extraordinary alternative rock bands right now; with the heavy riffs, killer drum sets and Becca’s raspy screaming voice, they perfectly combine all the elements you need to be a proper rock band. Their debut album, ‘The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets’ is even better done live; the set list was full of intense, colossal tracks like ‘Born Young and Free’ and ‘Move, Shake, Hide.’ Becca’s stage presence was incredible as well; she strutted around the stage, screaming her wild hard-core lyrics out to the crowd of thousands, accompanied by the heavy blare of the guitars and intricate drum loops. Ending with her blaring scream of the line ‘Why do you hate me so much?!’ (and accompanied by the heavy guitar and drumming and energetic mad crowd,) the Yorkshire band certainly showed Reading how it’s done.