Truck, without a shadow of a doubt, is one of the highlights of the festival year. Itâ€™s still small enough to retain a â€˜family feelâ€™ (it is, after all, run by Goldrushâ€™s Robin and Joe Bennett in tandem with their family and friends), yet has become well-known and credible enough to attract a varied bill of some of the countryâ€™s best bands. To think this all started out in 1998, when tickets were Â£3 each for the weekend and the bands literally played on the back of a truckâ€¦.
Truck had five stages this year, the Main Stage, The Barn That Cannot Be Named, the Trailerpark Tent, The Lounge Tent and the Acoustic Stage, which throughout the weekend hosted an array of bands and performers. Saturday saw performances from, amongst others, Jetplane Landing, eeebleee, Electric Soft Parade, The $hit, MC Lars Horris, Piney Gir and Buck 65.
From the bands
Headlining the main stage on Saturday were
Sunday was as good as, if not better than Saturday. Kicking off the Barn were
Mistyâ€™s Big Adventure on the Main Stage were the surprise of the festival. The name conjures up images of soft country folky stuff, but is that what they sounded like? Was it hell! Theyâ€™re a billion piece band playing eclectic, up-tempo Divine Comedy-esque pop, â€˜The Extremist Polkaâ€™ being the highlight of the set. They have a dancer. He wears a costume with loads of rubber hands tied to it. He runs through the crowd a lot. Itâ€™s perfect stuff for a Sunday afternoon in a field.
So to the Barn for local metal act Sextodecimo â€“ a grinding, relentless wall of distortion and screaming. Next up are DiveDive, who, despite guitarist Ben Lloydâ€™s technical trouble at the start of the set (giving ex-Unbelievable Truth drummer Nigel Powell a chance to play a phenomenal drum solo), were as solid as we have come to expect â€“ a guest slot for Shouting Mykeâ€™s drummer on the last two tracks was a winner; an extended version of â€˜The Crocâ€™ with two drummers was awesome.
And then on to local â€˜barnyard hardcoreâ€™ favourites Suitable Case for Treatment. Best described as Tom Waits fronting Cannibal Corpse in previous times, this band have developed into something much more complex over the past year or so, erring on the side of prog-jazz in several places. And donâ€™t heckle themâ€¦ itâ€™s a bad plan. Finishing the festival for
Photos by Miles Walkden