Olivia Arigho Stiles makes the case for Truck
The Horrors are booming across an Oxfordshire field, you’ve got a Magners clasped in one fist and you’re starting to feel the pleasant tingling from some nascent sun burn. Sounds like no Oxford weekend ever?
Well, on 19th-20th July, head out to Truck festival at Hill Farm in Steventon to get your festival kicks with an OX postcode.
With a line up including The Horrors, Spiritualized, The Subways Dry the River, Patrick Wolf, Frankie and the Heartstrings and Rolo Tomassi, Truck might not be in the Glastonbury proportions but it nevertheless promises to be a rollicking riot of indie rock and folky guitar fare. With weekend tickets at £74 including camping, it’s definitely on the more reasonably priced side of the spectrum, although it’s worth noting that there are no day tickets available.
It was started in 1998 by the Bennett family, who felt increasingly frustrated with the insidious commercialism of larger festivals such as Glastonbury.
Free of sponsorship and corporate branding, Truck remains one of the longest standing independent small festivals in the UK. For those feeling residual claustrophobia induced by too many hours accumulated in the Rad Cam, Truck festival is an ideal way to break that oft-quoted Oxford bubble. As something of an Oxford institution, it tends to attract a solid and devoted bloc of bonafide Oxford natives.
But at any rate, for those wanting to channel festival hedonism within the confines of Oxfordshire, Truck is a safe bet for a laid-back, low maintenance festival experience.