As Truck festival comes to celebrate its 15th year, one of the best independent festivals in the country offers up an excellent blend of Oxford favourites, festival veterans and exciting new artists. Under new management (the Y-Not Festival team) the festival has abandoned its unpopular reduced rates for teenagers and has brought the price back to its super reasonable rate of £69. This festival is one of the best options for those on a shoestring as the food and drink are also fairly priced.
Note especially the delicious burgers served by the Didcot Rotary Club, and with rumours they are trying their hand at pizzas this year, you won’t even have to spend the whole festival trying to survive on stale sausage rolls...Although you probably will anyway.
IDOL looks at the top things to see at the festivities next month (20th-21st July):
Critics of twee-indie be damned, the delightful Alphabet Backwards bring a charm and burst of pop deliciousness to their performance that means you won’t be able to stop bopping around. More to the point, they are ridiculously lovely and always so humble that it is a pleasure to see this local band.
Most Likely To: Hug you afterwards
Prominent drums and rattling lyrics, the inventive Little Comets are always a great band to see and they have an enviable track of consistently good performances. Clever, catchy and with a nice number of fan favourites – definitely a band who will not disappoint.
Most Likely To: Convince you to buy their album
Emmy the Great:
Craftswoman of clever lyrics and owner of some pretty lovely pipes, Emmy the Great is a regular trucker, and always manages to warm the crowd with her bloody great loveliness.
Most Likely To: Be so endearing you stalk her a little bit
Following on from his hugely successful Matilda show, ever popular comedian Tim Minchin is a huge coup for this festival given that tickets to his shows often run to £40. Always charming and funny, the perfect live act for those who know their comedy onions.
Most Likely To: Make you laugh so hard you are glad the festival toilets aren't miles away
Fresh Out The Box DJs:
Stalwarts of Truck, the Fresh Out The Box DJs are closing things off once more with a traditional cowshed rave (the word traditional here is notably only in the context of the festival). With this year’s fancy dress theme of ‘Wild Animals’ expect to see horns, whiskers and tails all intertwined as festival goers dance into the wee hours.
Most Likely To: Cause your udders to fall off
Tickets are available from:
+ in person from:
101 Cowley Rd
Oxford and Remade Guitars
Words: Fiona Evans