Hosting on Friday will be Transgressive Records. Label co-founder and director Toby L: “Transgressive has a rich history with Truck. An independent event with true distinction and personality, the line-ups are always brave and innovative. Hosting the second stage is a great opportunity for us to introduce a slew of new signings from our roster (for instance, the entrancing Mechanical Bride, the solo auteur Marques Toliver, fast rising Dry the River and punk all-girl choir Gaggle), as well as celebrate with a couple of older, more familiar names (our headliners Graham Coxon and Johnny Flynn). We look forward to spending the weekend with you all.”
Saint Etienne (previously announced) will headline the Heavenly Recordings programme on the Saturday. We welcome as special guest the inspirational Orange Juice singer, solo artist and survivor Edwyn Collins, alongside Cherry Ghost, Sea of Bees, Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou, The Rockingbirds and James Walbourne.Saturday on the Clash Stage will take on a celebratory feel as Heavenly mark a special moment, as label founder and boss Jeff Barrett explains: “Heavenly Recordings can think of no better place to celebrate it’s twenty first birthday than at the ever wonderful Truck festival.” Good job there are late night DJ sets lined up from Justin Robertson and Richard Norris (Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve) to keep the birthday shindig going into the early hours.
Sunday’s hosts will be Bella Union. Simon, Mark, Luke and Anika at the label sum up why they’re joining the Truck family this July: “Bella Union has never been into expansion and empire building just for the sake of it, we love to keep things small and manageable. And yet we love to branch out and spread the love far and wide. Curating stages at festivals and starting the radio show have been recent developments and working with the fine folks at Truck, putting together such a wonderful line-up for the Sunday has been a real treat.” Previously announced John Grantwill headline Bella Union’s bill, alongside Oxford music legend Philip Selway of Radiohead, performing material from his warmly-received solo record. Dean Wareham (playing the songs of his legendary band Galaxie 500) joins us from New York, and Alessi’s Ark, Treefight for Sunlight, Lanterns on the Lake and Cashier No9complete this specially curated day.
Truck 14 is shaping up to be something truly special, defined by the personal touches, unique collaborations and the independent spirit that has always been the calling card of this much-loved festival. Festival organiser Robin Bennett gives an insight into this year’s plans:
“At Truck we’ve always been inspired by the best independent labels, whether Creation Records taking on the mainstream, the wackiness of Apple Records, or the DIY spirit of Chemikal Underground. We have the utmost respect for those which survive and thrive while putting out great and interesting music; this year we decided to introduce a major new stage at the festival and thought, why not get some of the best current independent labels to programme a day of acts each? So we’re welcoming Transgressive, Heavenly and Bella Union to do just that. They are all great labels because they have great people behind them, tight gangs who are passionate about keeping the flame of original music alive in our present X-Glee-Pop-Factor world (just as we at Truck try to keep the corporate-blandification of festivals at bay and present a real alternative for music-lovers hungry for the genuine article).
They’re bringing with them amazing artists and all-time greats like Edwyn Collins, Philip Selway and Graham Coxon; when we were waking the neighbours with our teenage-garage-band versions of Blur and Radiohead numbers, Joe and I didn’t imagine that members of said bands would be taking to the stage in our home village a few years later. Truck Festival, like us, has come a long way. Bring it home!”
And the news doesn’t stop there today, the stellar line-up on the Truck Stage also continues to grow with the following additions:
Sonic adventurists The Go! Team, Tunng and country royalty Justin Townes Earle take to the Truck Stage on Sunday before the Truck Festival All-Stars, a specially-assembled cast lead by Robin and Joe, close the festival weekend with a grand Last Waltz-style finale. Previous Truck headliner with Idlewild, Roddy Woomble will roll into Steventon on Saturday to play the main stage alongside Two Fingers of Firewater while Admiral Fallow and Pete Molinari continue the Friday feeling of the best roots and alternative country on the Truck Stage.
Weekend tickets for Truck are still less than £100, taking the prize for the best value mini-holiday music lovers could wish for in 2011. Cabaret, comedy, theatre, cinema, a dedicated Family Field, luxury camping options and the legendary after-dark party spot Boxford all add up to make Truck Festival a truly special destination this July.
£99 Adult weekend ticket
£79 Young person (13-17) weekend ticket
£40 Adult Friday day ticket
£33 Young person (13-17) Friday day ticket
Includes Bellowhead, The Duke & The King and Transgressive Records programme with Graham Coxon, Johnny Flynn and more
£45 Adult Saturday day ticket
£38 Young person (13-17) Saturday day ticket
Includes Gruff Rhys, Roddy Woomble and Heavenly Recordings programme with Saint Etienne, Edwyn Collins and more
£40 Adult Sunday day ticket
£33 Young person (13-17) Sunday day ticket
Includes Truck Festival All-Stars, The Go! Team, Tunng and Bella Union programme with John Grant, Philip Selway and more
All ticket prices subject to booking fee
Please note under-12’s go free and under-18’s must be accompanied by an adult
Online via www.thisistruck.com and www.seetickets.com
By phone on 0844 854 1350 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0844 854 1350 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
In person at Truck Store, 101 Cowley Road, Oxford (01865 793 866 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 01865 793 866 end_of_the_skype_highlighting) and other shop outlets.