The Verse’s Maisie Kazen previews this years Truck Festival which hits Oxford’s Hill Farm for it’s 20th edition, 21st – 23rd July 2017
If you haven’t heard people taking about Truck Festival recently, we can only assume you have been living under a rock. The small Oxfordshire festival has been on everyone’s lips for the past couple of years. It has grown to be one of the leaders for huge acts and fresh talent. What started out as a family run local festival has grown exponentially in recent years, now boasting past headliners such as The Cribs and Manic Street Preachers and The Charlatans.
This years festival falls on the 21st to 23rd of July and promises to be just as exciting. With headliners The Vaccines, Franz Ferdinand and The Libertines. Arguably one of the biggest bands the festival has ever booked. Other acts include Maximo Park, Slaves, The Wombats, Sundara Karma, Yak and Pulled Apart By Horses. And even Idris Elba is mysteriously on the bill!
The 3 day festival is well known for promoting emerging talent and also boasts its own BIMM stage, where you can check out some of Brighton’s finest on the rise. With a line up that good it’s unsurprising that the festival has already sold out in record timing. Meaning that if you want to get in now you will have to be win yourself a ticket. Or hope you are one of the lucky few to get a resale ticket before those go too. (You can sign up to be first to know when these go on sale on the Truck website).
Now run by the same people as Y Not (its northern sister festival), Truck Festival is well known for having a wild atmosphere, comparable to a big festival like Reading, but on a small farm, in Oxford… With a huge variety of food and drinks on offer, there really is something for everyone. And with many of these stalls being set up by locals, there is a nice independent feel that you just don’t get with other festivals.
Make sure you go on the ferris wheel to get a really good view of the main stage. Or catch a film in the Nighthawk Cinema. Oh and if that wasn’t enough to spark your interest, note that Truck operate a strictly ‘no Katie Hopkins’ rule, meaning that they are the only festival to guarantee she will not be there (and is it really worth the risk?). This years theme is 90s. So grab a flannel shirt and book an appointment to get those frosted tips you always dreamed of…