Ever since one of my favourite recent indie bands, TheLast Republic, announced they were to play I’ve been eyeing up TruckFestival. It’s relatively local to me so this will of course keep travel costs to a minimum. Plus, it’s celebrating its fifteenth year in style with a stellar line-up. Add to this the incredible value for money of the tickets and it really should be a no brainer. Although I make a point of kicking myself each morning as I get out of bed for missing out on the early bird tickets which were a steal at such a reduced cost!
This diamond of a festival is rooted firmly in the indie music scene having been initially set up by brothers Robin and Joe Bennett (of the band The Dreaming Spires) in protest at the rapidly growing commerciality of the more mainstream festivals. It is free from any corporate sponsorship so there is never any corporate agenda trying to lure in festival goers. While naturally it has grown over the years it still manages to maintain its relatively small family-friendly size enticing around 5,000 music fans with a continually lip licking, mouth watering tasty treat of a line-up. This backed up by its renowned facilities including affordably priced real ales and local ciders as well as a tantalizing cocktail bar.
As I mentioned above, The Dreaming Spires have their debut album Brothers in Brooklyn due out on Monday 11th June and you can stream all 11 fantastic tracks via the Club House Records Soundcloud page << here >> which I have embedded below for you to check out. This is also available via the For Folks Sake website where Robin has written a track-by-track guide.
I pre-ordered my copy last week from the Club House Records website following a wonderful promotion whereby you also receive a free signed limited edition 7" vinyl of the single Everything All the Time. After having my ears tantalised by these marvellous musical melodies I'm even more excited about receiving my copy next week.
Also for your very listening pleasure and in preparation of their appearance at the festival check out these three great new songs from The Last Republic. These three songs have since been taken down from Soundcloud but you can still check out Living in the Dark and Out of Reach at the band's soundcloud page >> here.
I thought I'd round off this post with a video of The Low Anthem singing the beautiful lamentation that is Charlie Darwin. I recorded this at last year's Beautiful Days Festival and I'm really glad I'll be getting to see them play again this year.
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