With little to no knowledge of this small but impressive festival, I approached Truck with an open mind and a whole lot of curiosity. As you drive through the country surroundings of Hill Farm, Oxfordshire, it’s hard not to be slightly taken aback by the rich rural structures it’s buried within. All thoughts of pretentious Oxford music types which may inhabit the festival, expensive cuisine and unaffordable drinks slightly unnerve as I enter the festival site. Soon do I realise, reality couldn’t be further from this.
As I seek shade from the blistering heat, I throw myself straight in by watching Brighton’s noisiest prog-rockers Physics House Band. Little crowd interaction portray their mystique, whilst complex structures and full dynamism astound the audience, this is definitely how you should start a festival – even if The Barn stage smell can be overbearing. Slowly getting accustomed to the aroma, Max Raptor are then to follow with their British punk-rock, which has been getting attention from the likes of Zane Lowe. The small collection of younger fans down the front mouth words back adoringly to their perfectly played out front man.
Taking a quick break from The Barn, The Market stage sees the likes of emerging indie- shoe gazer’s The History Of Apple Pie. With a delicious name and dreamy melodies, it’s a shame there is little to commend from their live set. As the afternoon draws on and few too many ciders in the sun take their toll, energy levels are picked back up by Wet Nuns back in The Barn. As the surprise entertainment factor of the weekend, they play an energetic and classic blend of rift heavy, dirty rock’n’roll doom blues. Fitting for the slightly ‘old-school’ theme of the festival.
As the evening takes place the rest of it is spent flittering between stages and catching parts of hotly tipped Public Service Broadcasting, playing to a very ‘industry’ looking audience, The Joy Formidable delivering an upbeat dance-inducing sun-setter on the main stage and We Are The Ocean failing to fill the barn but keeping things humble with high energy and charisma. Tonight’s headliner, Spiritualized seem to captivate the majority of festivalgoers and intrigue all others with their hypnotic minimalist 90’s nostalgia and mesmerizingly colourful visuals.
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