Myself, Emily, Stefan and Sheila were lucky enough to be offered complimentary weekend tickets to Truck Festival in Oxfordshire, which took place on the 20th and 21st July. We were really excited about going, with such a great line-up for a fairly small music festival. We're big fans of Tim Minchin who was second headliner on the Friday, with The Temper Trap, Mystery Jets and British Sea Power also topping the bill. We also loved the branding of the festival, with looked quirky and interesting.
Stefan and I had our picture taken with the Truck Monster, who was wondering around the site. When we got home we were delighted to discover that we were featured as the ONLY photo on the festival 'thank you' mailer that had been sent to their database! We had also been featured on their Facebook page during the festival weekend.
Our musical highlight of the weekend was an absolutely mindblowingly epic set by King Charles, whom we had only discovered a week or two before the festival. You may have heard his track The Brightest Lights, with Mumford and Sons [below]. Make sure you check out his album Loveblood, as it's full of exciting and lively tracks; King Charles is sure to be a household name in the near future.
Tim Minchin was also excellent as always, although he didn't really chat between songs as he would normally at a comedy gig due to the nature of the event. This helps set the scene, but it didn't affect my enjoyment as I knew the songs really well already. He did mention that he had caused great offence by singing Woody Allen Jesus [view on YouTube here], along with other songs of his and general banter, at the Henley Regatta a few days before.
Whilst chilling by our tent on Saturday afternoon and again later in the evening, we saw a remote controlled device flying around that looked like an alien. It wasn't until a few days after the festival when this video was posted on the Truck Facebook page, that we realised that the 'alien' was actually a filming device, which had shot this great footage of the event! Such a great idea; I'm hoping to use this technology at an event soon. The company who made this video are called Sky Eye Cam.
There was a beach themed bar, complete with a sailing boat you could sit in [which we found fun to dance on!]. There were DJs playing music here til the small hours, which we thoroughly enjoyed. There was a great on site record store, run by Rapture in Witney; it's great to see independent record shops working along small independent festivals. The only downfall of the festival was a shortage of caterers, therefore not many options and long queues. We'll be sure to bring our own food in the future.
Although we were lucky enough to be on the guest list this year, we would definitely return for the small ticket price of £69 per person, which is an absolute bargain for such a great line up, with lots of other late night entertainment. Compare this to ticket prices of other similar festivals and it really does represent amazing value.