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Focus On Festivals: Truck 2012

Caroline Corke


Back and better than ever, Truck Festival returns to Hill Farm in Steventon on the 20th – 21st of July this year for its 15 anniversary. Although the festival may have downgraded slightly in terms of length and capacity, this year’s line up is one of the best in Truck history. As well as headliners The Temper Trap and Mystery Jets, the bill also includes a whole host of both established and up-and-coming acts like British Sea Power, Villagers, Frightened Rabbit, Dog is Dead, The Low Anthem, Tim Minchin, Lucy Rose, 65daysofstatic and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.

Truck 15 also brings the return of the Barn stage – officially the smelliest venue in Oxfordshire – on which local labels Alcopop! and Big Scary Monsters will be staging a takeover, with bands including Tellison, Johnny Foreigner, Tall Ships and Gunning for Tamar. As always, the local contingent is strong, Spring Offensive, Alphabet Backwards, Kill Murray, The Old Grinding Young, Black Hats and Oxford heavyweights Fixers are amongst the impressive list of local acts playing the festival.

As ever, the local Rotary Club will be catering the event and in keeping with this year’s ‘back to its roots’ feel, the ticket price has returned to a pretty reasonable £69. Buy your ticket while there’s still some available, ‘cause with a line up this good, Truck, the “godfather of small festivals” is definitely going to sell out.

For more information and to buy tickets check out www.truckfestival.com