Truck have played such a large part in Oxford’s music scene over the past few years that Truck Festival always feels like the live pinnacle of each passing year. This year is extra special given the expansion of the festival’s capacity and the recent opening of Truck’s independent records store on the Cowley Road. With this being Truck Festival’s biggest year yet, the line-up needs to match. And, hoorah, the first few acts have been confirmed!
Headlining the Truck Stage on Saturday night will be Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys with his only UK festival main stage headline slot. Joining him as a Truck Stage headliner will be Best Group and Best Live Act at the BBC Folk Award winners Bellowhead.
Other acts confirmed include New York soul-country ensemble The Duke & The King, alternative dance heroes St Etienne, nu-folk trailblazer Johnny Flynn, ex-Czars frontman John Grant who released one of the best albums of 2010 with his superlative soft-rock opus The Queen Of Denmark and the indie-rock Northerners named after a Wilco lyric, Cherry Ghost.
Oxford’s finest will be well represented in the form of Fixers, Trophy Wife, Jonquil and Chad Valley. Other acts include the rustic Caitlin Rose, Marques Toliver, Teenage Fanclub spin-off Jonny, Treefight For Sunlight, Marcus Foster and the whiskey-chugging, beard-wearing, country-bastards Richmond Fontaine. More acts to be announced shortly.
That’s certainly enough to get the lips a slavering and fingers a waggling in expectation for Truck’s biggest year yet. And with prices at £99 for an adult weekend ticket and £79 a young persons (13-17, under 12s go free), Truck is without the doubt the best value for money independent UK festival.