Fleetwood Mac's Rumours makes a wonderful finish to a great weekend

Truck 2011 review

published: Tue 2nd Aug 2011

Maybeshewill

Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th July 2011
Hill Farm, Steventon, near Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX13 6SW, England MAP
£99 for a weekend ticket
daily capacity: 8000
last updated: Tue 12th Jul 2011

We awake on the Sunday to scorching temperatures, and Truck turned into its traditional self on Sunday with many people lazing around after exerting themselves too much over the previous two days. The majority of our group headed for the back of the main field to either sunbath or shade under the tree for the afternoon.

Gabriel Minnikin
Whilst they did that I caught Gabriel Minnikin and then headed over to the last.fm stage for the fantastic Maybeshewill who despite having no vocalist must the heaviest band I've seen all weekend and left the audience begging for more.

With the temperature feeling like it was going up and up as time went on it was hard to do anything but either slowly wander round the site or sit down and lap up the sunshine, we eventually settle down outside a bar chatting for a couple of hours before it's time to go and see Jonny and then one of the more anticipated bands of the weekend in the shape of The Go! Team who liven the crowd up with their energetic performance.

The final show in the main area is a performance of Fleetwood Mac's 1977 album 'Rumours' with various members of bands who have performed over the weekend coming up on stage to perform, it's a wonderful finish to a great weekend for the organisers Robin and Joe Bennett who join in on stage.

The night however is not finished for the revellers and we head for one last time over to the Boxford area where the remaining party-goers are attempting to finish the last of their alcohol supplies off and party long into the night. Once that had wrapped up, myself and my friends retreat back to our camp for some music of our own and reflect on a glorious weekend till nearly 5am. Luckily for them our neighbours have already departed for home.

2011 has defiantly signalled a new era for Truck festival, and a much improved offering on an event which in my opinion was becoming a bit dead wood. Whether it's worth £99 plus booking fee probably depends on your musical tastes as it still lacks any sort of real rock or metal music (which was part of the barn stage in the past). Most of the friends I went with took advantage of the discounted prices and said they probably wouldn't have paid full price for it, as there was a lack of name acts on the bill.

However with the re-addition of some rock and metal music and some bigger acts, Truck could well head back to the days of the mid-naughties where it was selling out within a couple of days. If you find yourself with a spare weekend and want to attend a sort of mini-Glastonbury then head for Truck 2012, you just might find yourself a new annual event to attend for the next few years to come.
review by: Stuart Watson

photos by: Mark Hendry

Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th July 2011
Hill Farm, Steventon, near Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX13 6SW, England MAP
£99 for a weekend ticket
daily capacity: 8000
last updated: Tue 12th Jul 2011


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