Truck Festival – 1998 – 2000

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The ever first Truck Festival was held on 22 September 1998.

Truck Two, which was then extended to two days, was held on the weekend of 10-11 July 1999. Sunday night headliners were King Prawn. Other acts included Black Candy, Lab-4 and Dustball.

Truck Three was held on the weekend of 22–23 July 2000. Bands that played included The Blue Aeroplanes, The Edmund Fitzgerald and Rothko.

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Truck Festival Album and Sister Festivals

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Truck Festival prides itself on its family atmosphere, with all of the site services being provided by local groups: the food stall is run by the local Rotary Club, and ice cream is sold by the local vicar. All profits from the festival go to charity.

A compilation album is released each year on Truck Records to coincide with the festival, featuring tracks (mainly studio recordings) from various bands playing at the festival.

A number of sister festivals of Truck Festival have been launched in recent years. The annual Wood festival, at Braziers Park in Oxfordshire, was first held in 2008 and is run with an emphasis on the environment. EquiTruck has been held in January every year since 2006, at the mid-point between Truck Festivals, and is run by the Truck Festival bar staff. UniTruck was created out of the abandoned 2007 Truck Festival, which had to be moved to Oxford Brookes University at short notice. The first two festivals (in July and November 2007) were held at Oxford Brookes, followed by an event in December 2007 at Bucks New University in High Wycombe, which has become an annual event (now in November). Truck America was launched in April 2010, at the Full Moon Resort in New York.

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Truck Festival – Different Stages

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The main stage of Truck Festival is constructed from three large flatbed trucks, and a common mis-perception is that this is where the name of the festival comes from. However in 2007 Robin Bennett wrote on the official Truck website: “Contrary to popular belief, the name Truck actually came from a compilation CD I picked up, ‘Ten Trucking Greats’, the soundtrack of the movie Convoy.”

Other stages include Trailer Park (renamed The Village Pub in 2008), a marquee in the main arena which features the more esoteric indie bands during the day, and breakbeat on Saturday night; the Lounge (renamed the Beat Hive in 2008), a smaller marquee which used to specialize in more ambient and chilled performances during the day, and trance during the night but now plays host to a number of local, national, and international bands and DJs as well as a range of electronic music; the Market tent, which is set in the market area a short walk from the main field and features mainly folk-oriented music, becoming a retro disco/karaoke venue on Saturday night; and the Theatre/Fringe tent (renamed the Pavilion in 2008), which hosts non-musical acts such as theatrical performances, stand-up comedy, performance art and spoken-word performers.

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Truck Festival – Introduction

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Truck Festival is an annual independent music festival in Oxfordshire, England. It was started in 1998 by the Bennett family (including the brothers Robin and Joe of the band Goldrush), who decided that mainstream festivals such as Glastonbury had become too commercial and predictable. Truck Festival is held in July at Hill Farm in Steventon, near Abingdon. The festival also gave birth to the Truck Records label in 1999.

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