THE weekend saw the return of Truck Festival – one of the best-loved and longest running music festivals in the UK – to Hill Farm, Steventon.
2015 was a big year for the festival, with the introduction of glamping in tipis, weekend tickets selling out just before the first day and, more noticeable than ever before, an increased capacity on site, with the number of punters going up by around 30 per cent. The weather held, with a combination of incredible sunshine and cloud, perfect festival for traders and customers alike.
The first day saw a real mix of acts, appealing to the huge mix that loyally return to Truck. Teens flocked to Slaves and Clean Bandit, while a slightly older crowd headed to see indie favourites The Charlatans take
to the main or Truck Stage, as the headline act, bringing the first day to a close with a set of crowd-pleasing, classic tracks from the Mancunian band.
Saturday brought a bumper day of music from a variety of acts including the well-received singer-songwriter Jake Isaac, Public Service Broadcasting, who brought everyone to their
feet with their mix of archive sound recordings and electronic dance
music, some indie-psych with Temples and the ever-brilliant Bassment Jaxx, who brought the main stage to a riotous close with a set of party bangers, incredible vocals and fantastic dancing, leaving the crowd on a high, heading to the silent disco until the early hours of the
Among all the music there was plenty of festival fun, including Truck's longest conga line during the great jazz set by King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys, the annual paint fight in Arena 2, and in-stall record-signing appearances as well as the myriad of costumes (this year’s theme was Christmas) and parties bringing the crowd together.
All in all, it was a vintage year for Truck. There’s something for everyone at this small but perfectly formed festival – long may it continue.
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