Let’s Go Trucking Mental!
So here we are again! It’s the time of year when multitudes of like-minded people get together to celebrate a love of music, camping and getting completely off their face; where no outfit is too crazy, no field too muddy, and where bum-bags are seen as a necessity. Yes, the festival season has arrived! And with it, one big question; where will you be letting loose this summer? Well, allow me to present Truck Festival! Taking place over the weekend of the 17th and 18th of July, the environmentally friendly ‘anti-major festival’ is brought to you from an actual working farm (don’t worry, the farm shuts down for the festival!); from which all profits to charity; So you’ll not only be having the time of your life, you’ll be doing some good too!
Coming straight out of the idyllic Oxfordshire countryside, ‘the Godfather of the small music festival scene’ is definitely one for the purists; working in opposition to the perceived over-commercialisation of some of the UK’s ‘bigger’ events by creating a family atmosphere through locally developed site services, and allowing fans to bring in their own food and drink, and that includes alcohol! Just no glass please? Not to forget the music; the Hill Park arena has previously held host to a number of prestigious acts, including the likes of Biffy Clyro, Ms Dynamite, Lethal Bizzle and The Futureheads!
And the 2015 line-up is sure to hit the spot too, offering such variety that you'd be hard pressed to go bored; with the likes of clean bandit, The Charlatans, Basement Jaxx, Temples and Augustines all Trucking this year; and that’s just on the main stage! Head over to the Market stage and be treated to the stylings of darwin deez, Peter Hook and the Light, Ghostpoet, Lucy Rose and Sunset Sons amongst many others; or for those a little more hard core, the Barn will cater for all things punk rock, with the likes of Baby Godzilla, The Fat White Family, Slaves, Bo Ningen and Pulled Apart By Horses all making an appearance. Alternatively, for those looking for a break from the music (talk about an alien concept!), the Pavilion offers up a number of alternatives, with a number of theatre shows, stand-up comedians and spoken word performances; whilst there is also a small funfair for those that aren’t delirious enough!
As if that isn’t enough, the arena can also boast some of the best facilities around; with multiple water points available to keep you hydrated (one glass every ten beers sounds about right), brand new showers to keep you fresh (if you can be bothered) and, most importantly, award winning toilets! There is also a great deal of room for camping, whether by tent or by campervan (for the latter, you’re very own campsite, talk about secluded!); why not upgrade to one of Trucks luxury tents, and glamp the weekend away?
Truck Festival can also boast some of the best ticket prices in town, offering weekend camping tickets for a fraction of the price of many of the other events; just visit http://truck.gigantic.com/truc k-festival/hill-farm/2015-07-1 7-10-00 to purchase, and enjoy spending that extra cash for all the much-needed kooky accessories. Beware though, you’ll need to free up a whole weekend, as day tickets or not an option; so there is no choice but to have double the fun, at half the cost!
By Calum Dewsbury.