With 2013’s festival season well underway, it is fair to say that the emphasis is on the main players; Glastonbury and Isle of Wight got off to a fab start, T in The Park and Reading & Leeds are coming up, but for me, it is the smaller more intimate festivals which are really exciting me this year. The lineups are more diverse. Oxfordshire’s Truck Festival is no different!
Featuring the likes of Spiritualized, The Horrors, The Subways, Ash, Gaz Coombes, The Joy Formidable, and Frankie and the Heartstrings; the Market Stage hosts Dry The River, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Patrick Wolf and Public Sevice Broadcasting, while the famous Barn stage features performances from We Are The Ocean, Rolo Tomassi and Tall Ships and the mysterious Copaca-Barna takeover. It’s possible to see the whole line-up and choose which bands you’re going to see using the amazing Line-up Planner app on the festival website, and you can share your choices with envious friends and even plan in time to drink beer, try some of our delicious new food offerings, or enter the World’s Biggest Tombola (more on that later).
After 2012’s stripped-back and sold-out return under the management of the team behind Derbyshire’s Y-Not festival, this year’s edition (the 16th) will feature a number of new stages and attractions, including the Veterans and Virgins Stage – the best of Truck past and future – and the Great Western Whiskey Saloon – live Americana and Blues in a custom-built structure which has to be seen to be believed. Truck has always liked to host a bit of a dance party of an evening; the Kingdom of Jamalot will be populated by everything from Reggae to House to Electro-Swing to Jazz-Funk to Dub to Beatboxing to “Home Counties Hip-Hop”… you get the picture.
Also new this year, Truck will be hosting its own Village Fete, including the World’s Largest Tombola and the Bureau of Silly Sports, as well as rustic farm tours and tractor rides. There will be a Birthday Party on each day for anyone whose birthday it happens to be, Cake Decoration, and prizes for the Best Dressed Trucker, complete with rosettes for the winners! Family activities will include a fully-stocked Children’s Tent, including music from Nick Cope, and theatrical performances from Oxford Playhouse Plays Out. Remember, children 12 and under go free, and there is a separate Family camping area, making Truck a great family event.
The food repertoire has been greatly expanded, with a new Food Hall hosting guest stalls from acclaimed local suppliers such as the Old Farmhouse Bakery and Q Gardens Farm Shop, and serving everything from sushi to steaks to salads. Yum. Truck’s famous cross-dressing bar staff will host a Beer Festival with a variety of tasty local ales, while it’s rumoured that The Horrors will be mixing cocktails, Tom Cruise-style, after their set.
Whatever your taste, age and persuasion, there is something great going at Truck just for you. Weekend tickets are available now priced £74. These are likely to sell out, and tickets will not be available on the door. No day tickets are or will become available either.
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