YES. It’s finally come back round. In 2013, I discovered the brilliance of Truck Festival – a grassroots festival born of boredom with the megafestival culture of late. And this year, in a few short weeks, myself and a handful of thousands of people will be rediscovering what the barnival is all about. But what do I remember about Truck, and what is there to look forward to? Well…
There’s the party. Did you know “carnival”, the namesake of this year’s barnival celebrations, is Brazillian for “party”? (It’s not.) Neither did I! (Because it isn’t.) The term is all so appropriately fitting because this year is pure party pilgrimage. And oh boy, is there a holy trinity.
You’ve got the father – Los Campesinos. Music which perfectly suits the low sun, high fun attitude of late evening slots that Truck is so adorned with – you’ll be finding me sobbing softly to You! Me! Dancing on the Market Stage come Friday. There’s the Son. Well – there’s the sons. DZ Deathrays. Australias finest export since the episode of the Simpsons with “Knifey Spoony”, this duo toured with Blood Red Shoes (also appearing at the fest!) and are set to drop their third album, Black Rat, in August.
Which leads us to the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost of Party himself, Andrew WK, is coming to Oxford. To Truck. That name alone should be enough to convince you that in July there is nowhere better to party than in Steventon Farm, in the midst of the Barnival.
But what about the siesta? All good parties need a good rest, right? I mean – what’s Andrew WK without White Lies? Exactly. The atmosphere at Truck is unlike anything you will experience at another festival in the UK – a grandiose claim I know, but allow me to explain. Truck is very much a communal festival. It is greater than the sum of its parts, and that’s all down to the radical clientele of the fest, and the staff who ensure it is a personal experience, from stenching Barn to hoedown shack. Truck is a giant campfire song, themed in neon with a boatload of fantastic national and international bands with guitars, synths, and songs aplenty.
Truck really does excel at being a truly memorable experience. A diverse lineup, one off experiences (such as the paint fight which I am incredibly excited for on the Saturday) and gorgeous scenery in the Oxford area, there is very little else I can say about the festival that can’t be better done through just experiencing it first hand. Truck Festival has tickets on sale at the moment but there’s not many left. William Sorenson