Earlier in the year we mentioned the Wood Festival near Goring in Oxfordshire, well further up the road near Abingdon is its big brother / sister Truck Festival and it's definitely got four wheels on its wagon, so to speak.
Situated near Steventon, this family-friendly shindig is in its 13th year and runs from Friday 23rd July to Sunday 25th and features an eclectic mix of high-brow alt-rock and low-end acoustic sounds, delivered with smiles and a chilled atmosphere. The Truck website describes itself as 'a village fete meets Woodstock', minus the nudity I guess. 2010's line-up certainly does look a little special and, being at the centre of the English countryside, is pretty accessible from nearby Oxford, Didcot, the Midlands, the West and London.
Headliners include Swedish art-rockers Mew and Scotland's surf-pop darlings Teenage Fanclub as well as Mercury Rev's Clearlight Orchestra, Bellowhead, 65 days of static and the local-lads-doing-good, Stornoway. Further down the roster there are new additions in the form of Steve Mason from the Beta Band, Veronica Falls and the excellent Chapel Club (saw them supporting Wire this week - ooh yes). Add in a great location, local produce and top beer and you have a smallish-and-perfectly-formed little gathering with around 5000 capacity. That's about 4% of the size of Glasto, but I know where I'd rather be!
Tickets are on sale now for all 3 days and cost £84.80 for an adult-weekender (£63.60 for a teen-weekender). Weekenders cover camping on Saturday and Sunday ONLY (which is when the main bands will be playing), but if you want to join in the fun from Friday afternoon onwards then you will need an extra £16. The facilities will be the same, just less bands from 4pm onwards - this is a 'top-up' to be purchased at the same time as your weekender (it isn't a day pass just for Friday). Get Truckin'!