Truck Festival has announced the first batch of artists who will be performing at this year’s July event.

The annual Oxfordshire festival has secured a headline booking in the form of Welsh rock juggernauts Manic Street Preachers. Joining them on headlining duties are indie rock darlings Catfish and the Bottlemen whose meteoric success keeps on rising.

Circa Waves and Everything Everything are two more names who will be appearing over the weekend as well as Jack Savoretti and Young Fathers.

Making up more of the line-up is We Are The Ocean, RAT BOY, Pretty Vicious, The Magic Gang, Sundara Karma and Gnarwolves.


As well as this exciting announcement, the festival has also revealed they will be expanding to a three day event. Previously Truck took place over two days, but it’s rising popularity and enviable line-up has allowed the event to grow.

Truck festival takes place on the 15th, 16th and 17th of July at Hill Farm, Oxfordshire.

Tickets are available at: www.truckfestival.com

Words by Shannon Cotton


Music Reviews

Jordan Cardy and co. have had quite the impressive last year, from getting signed to Parlophone records to touring the UK with The 1975 and more recently RAT BOY have been tapped by numerous outlets to be one of the biggest names to look out for in 2016. He continues to keep this buzz alive by releasing a brand new song titled Move, that premiered on Huw Stephen’s BBC Radio 1 show.

The track is one of the best from the collective so far. It’s a dated 80’s throwback type, kicking off straight away with Cardy’s tongue-n-cheek aggression stating that “he never says the same thing twice” and then goes on to repeat the line. Move is very Beastie Boys-esque with it’s distorted groove and not-giving-a-fuck type of lyrical delivery.

RAT BOY have very much given us a track that’ll make our heads spin and legs move. He has us all where he needs us and let’s hope he keeps us there because this debut could be one to remember.

Words by Connor Spilsbury-Brown



Reading and Leeds Festival have announced Red Hot Chili Peppers as the first headliner for the 2016 event.

Famous for tracks like Californication, By The Way and Can’t Stop, the exclusive booking is the first time the American band have headlined a UK festival since 2014.

Also added to the line-up for next year’s annual event are Manchester based bands The 1975, and Courteeners.

Returning from their headline performance in the Radio 1 Dance tent last year Boy Better Know will also be appearing in 2016.

Making up the rest of the first announcement are punk rock duo Slaves, bedroom beat maker RAT BOY, Spanish indie quartet Hinds, American duo Twenty One Pilots, Japanese metalcore outfit Crossfaith and Tottenham garage specialist DJ EZ.

The festival takes place at Reading’s Richfield Avenue and Leed’s Bramham Park during the 26th to 28th August 2016.

Words by Shannon Cotton


Live Reviews

Earlier this year, Manchester based indie rock band The 1975 took social media by storm when they removed themselves from it, then returned with a whole new aesthetic and look on their found fame. They also announced a November tour of the UK in order to introduce their new era and close out their old one with a very intimate couple of shows for dedicated fans. This past Friday (20/11/15) they brought their colourful new look on life to Plymouth when they took Plymouth Pavilions by storm.

The show began with an electric set from opening act RAT BOY, a review of a show they did earlier this month was posted on The Wave, which really got the crowd pumped. Then after a very little 20-minute wait; the smoke appeared, the static screen displays kicked in and the band emerged to an ecstatic response from their die hard fans. They kicked off their set with new single Love Me, as frontman Matty Healy floated around busting out some very silly moved, but still managed to make it look cool.

They then went onto perform some fan favourite tracks from their discography, varying from Settle Down to Heart Out to The City. A standout performance though was when they began to perform EP track You. The stage set out with the rectangle screen projections gave this song a whole new level of atmosphere, as blue and white flashes took the outro of this song and made it a crazy outro, which left fans screaming and dancing non stop. The band was left hair flipping and feeling the energy from the crowd, truly a magical moment.

This new tour also introduced four new tracks from the bands upcoming sophomore album. All accompanied with a wine-armed Healy, they flew through tracks such as the chilled Change Of Heart, stuffed full of references to old songs. The new upcoming single Sound was also played with a static display upon the screens; a dazed out George Daniel drummed away to the upbeat synth filled track with Healy chanting “Well I know when you’re around cause I know the sound, I know the sound of your heart”.

They closed their set with arguably their most known hits; Chocolate and Sex, in which Healy gave a sign language example to what the song is about. The crowd participation during sex left the frontman with a smile on his face hearing the lyrics being yelled back to him and left him dancing around the stage rocking out on his guitar.

It’s safe to say that The 1975 are back and better than ever and this gig was a great example of this. Fans were left either speechless or screaming with joy. This new era is very promising and the band will be returning to a less intimate setting next year when they tour their new album I Like It When You Sleep Cause You’re So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It.

Words and photo by Connor Spilsbury-Brown


Live Reviews

It’s the first night of the Community LDN Festival, an event which has been organised by the Reading and Leeds big bosses Festival Republic. It takes place in various venues across East London and tonight Hoxton’s Square Bar & Kitchen is headlined by Chelmsford’s very own RAT BOY. The Essex native has built up an impressive following on social media, and after scanning the room it appears that following has transpired IRL too.

At just nineteen Jordan Cardy – who performs alongside his band under his rodential pseudonym – is no stranger to the live scene. After spending the majority of the year on the road supporting bands like Circa Waves, he embarked on his first headline tour, as well as a summer full of festivals.

The set begins with a selection of tracks from Cardy’s first two mixtapes. Knock Knock Knock, from the Neighbourhood Watch release, is frenzied and fierce with spiralling guitar riffs and blazing percussion while Sportswear, from the first mixtape, is one of the rare more mellow moments of the evening as tales are told of “Ed Hardy jeans and broken dreams.”

Midway through the set comes most recent B-side Wasteman. The song is filled with brassy samples to match the brassy exterior of Cardy and the lyrics he relays appear very relatable to the young but not disengaged audience: “Living in the modern day class war, the rich are getting richer, the poor are staying poor.”

Fellow B-side Left 4 Dead also gathers a massive crowd reaction as about twenty teenagers, dressed like extras from This Is England 90, mosh to the humorously honest lyrics: “I’ve just got to nip up the Co-op, it’s just down the road, I think they’ve got a working cash machine.”

Unemployment anthem Sign On is the penultimate track in the set, with the now trademark line: “Young, dumb, living off Mum, waiting for the right time to come” and some unmistakeable and seriously infectious guitar riffs.

Fake I.D. ends the gig and is in close competition with Sign On for the loudest crowd reaction. Lyrics like: “Where’s your iPhone 6? I ain’t stealing this shit” show that RAT BOY isn’t the most serious musician – although you only need to take a glance at his Twitter feed to establish that – but also that he knows what it’s like growing up in Britain at the moment, because he’s doing it too.

After witnessing the crowd adoration this evening, there’s no denying that Jordan Cardy’s voice is at the forefront of his generation, you only have to see the masses of teenagers hanging off of his every word to believe it.

Watch the video for Fake I.D. below:

Words and photo by Shannon Cotton


Live Reviews

On a slightly frosty November night in Hoxton and as part of the Community LDN Festival ZIBRA are sandwiched on a line-up between Anteros and RAT BOY. The Festival Republic organised event is a showcase of some of the best new bands around at the moment and, armed with a pineapple shaped shaker and a collection of incredibly executed industrial indie bangers, the London-based trio prove exactly why they are one of those bands.

Opener Great White Shark is consumed with heavy basslines as frontman Sam Battle sings: “Lies, lies, lies where do I start? It seems like you’ve got a hungry heart” while Heartache, taken from the band’s first EP (EP1000), is sonically darker and distorted, which is juxtaposed somewhat with the inclusion of arcade game style samples in the track.

Latest single Wasted Days is close to indie pop perfection. With surging synths and lyrics that almost every young person can relate to: “Wasted days are fucking useless, drink some more and we’ll all fall down”, it’s no wonder the track has recently been getting a lot of national airplay.

Sunscreen is another highlight with Battle questioning: “Is there a space for you and me beyond the Coke cans in the sea?” on a bed of effervescent and bouncy electronic sounds.

The penultimate track in ZIBRA’s set is Paris. The lead single from EP3000 is frenzied in the live environment with pulsating percussion and funky guitars – a factor which makes it near impossible to stand still throughout the song.

Set closer, and fellow EP1000 release, Chlorine drips with sensational synths and wavy guitar riffs. Its elongated instrumental introduction is a hit with the youthful East London crowd who are no doubt just as certain that ZIBRA are about to explode into the mainstream.

Watch the video for Wasted Days below:

Words and photo by Shannon Cotton