5 reasons why Truck could be the best festival this summer

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With festival season fast-approaching, Nerve takes a look at one that might be flying under your radar, but is well worth your attention. Here are five reasons to be excited for Truck Festival 2019

The lineup

Truck Festival 2019 lineup via truckfestival.com

Truck Festival 2019 lineup via truckfestival.com

The main reason Truck Festival catches the eye this year is its unique and mouthwatering lineup. Most festival lineups this year have been predictable affairs, with the same names gracing their posters, but not Truck. Wolf Alice, Two Door Cinema Club, and best of all, Foals top the billing for 2019.

Foals’ involvement is significant as the Oxfordshire-based festival will act as a homecoming for the Oxfordshire-based band, who haven’t performed at Truck for five years, when they were on one of the smaller stages. With a brilliant new album recently released in Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1, their return to the city of dreaming spires will be highly anticipated, and Exits is sure to go down an absolute treat when played live.

But it’s not just the top three headliners ensuring the festival will provide value for money, with Slaves, Nothing But Thieves, You Me At Six, and Don Broco all helping the ‘godfather of the small festival scene’ get bigger and bigger. Lewis Capaldi should be well worth checking out as well.

The festival site

Described by NME as “a miniature Glastonbury that you don’t need a GPS to get round,” Truck’s festival site is so small (as festival sites go), that it won’t take you an age to get from A to B. The main stage is almost always within touching distance, so even if you find yourself pitching up a tent in the furthest corner of the camping field, all services are easily accessible.

The main stage is almost always within touching distance

The food

The quality of festival food is incredibly important. After all, when you’re tired, smelly, and potentially very muddy, sometimes you need some delicious food to keep the spirits up. Truck never disappoints in this department, and caters for all dietary requirements. The Food Hall is a sizeable tent run by volunteers from the Faringdon and District Rotary Club, and highlights from previous years include tasty paella, pizza, and hoi sin duck wraps!

No flares no party (image credit: Stephen Wright)

No flares no party (image credit: Stephen Wright)

The stages

Variety is the spice of life, so as well as the wide range of food options available, the plethora of stages present opportunities to try out multiple genres of music. The Barn Stage and The Nest offer heavier rock music, but does smell like you would expect a barn to smell, so it’s not for the faint of heart. Meanwhile, Palm City is all about dance music, while The Rockin Chair is a quaint venue with live music, comedy and cabaret, just leaving room for The Market Stage to host exciting, upcoming talent inside a massive tent.

The price

With all this in mind, you’d be forgiven for thinking Truck would be priced similarly to some of the UK’s biggest festivals, but at the time of writing tickets are available for £120 and can be purchased here.

If you’re still debating which festivals are worth your time and money this summer, Truck Festival definitely offers something different and at a lower-than-average price point to boot! It’s set to be another top year for the godfather of the small festivals.