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no point posting this on the festival board, cos noone really reads that as much :P
And I cannot wait, even if I haven't heard about 90% of the bands that are playing but that is part of the fun.
And I'll just have handed in the final draft of my dissertation. A-may-zing.
Something about the entire population of the DiS message boards playing indie hopscotch in their winklepickers.
this is going to be my first full festival experience.
I hope the festival treats me well.
me. I'm really excited :D
and very excited about the line up and everything : )
I don't think it's anything to do with Truck individually.
I think collectively 2008 will be remembered as 'the year that festivals broke'.
Too many events, frequently (although not in Truck's case) far too similar in nature competing for the finite number of people who are prepared to spend anywhere between 150 and 400 on 2/3/4 days of relatively obscure music in a field somewhere.
I love Truck and have been going for years, I'd definitely have gone this year were it not for the Latitude clash, there's also Glade and Camp Bestival the same weekend too.
There needs to be a cull, Truck will survive it, it has a unique quality and a diehard fanbase, but the chancers, amateurs and fly-by-nights will fall by the wayside....goodbye and good riddance.
Truck is an awesome event, I know last year was a bit of a letdown due to the postponement (it seemed half empty on the Sunday and the line-up wasn't that great), but it was remarkable that they managed to reschedule it at all.
This year looks fucking great and I have no doubt that all present will have a killer time.
It's an indie rock village fete and that's about as much as I could ever want from a festival.
Even taking the credit crunch and festival fatigue into account you'd have imagined Truck of all festivals would have built up a fervent annual following of its own regardless, but its own forum is full of moaners and nitpickers and I wouldn't be surprised if even with the sudden extra ticket find it ends up selling less than it did last September. Personally I'm having difficulty getting worked up yet about Truck as a weekend - that'll change as the week progresses, and maybe it's because I'm not sure there's the all round bill strength in depth of previous years, but have you seen how many Truck tickets are being put up for sale on here, its forum, Scarlet Mist etc compared to other similar festivals?
Maybe it's the Latitude problem to an extent - stellar line-up which includes a decent number of the main attractions of Truck, and for its first two years that wasn't a problem as it would have been last weekend. But last year there was a strange atmosphere around it too - well before the cancellation there were plenty of debates on here about how it already wasn't as good as it used to be, and maybe it's that knockon and that caused by the weather problem that's caused a drop off. There's still tickets available in Oxfordshire shops, when generally those always ran out within a month. A day last year.
that sold out in a couple of days.
Certainly at Truck 7 & 8 tickets took a goof few months to sell out and before that you could buy them up until very near the day itself, if not on the gate.
I seriously think that the whole 'Glasto' style instant sellout fever will become a thing of that past from now until whenever the next time the wider British public decide that festivals are the in-thing. The only two obvious exceptions to this would seem to be Reading/Leeds (which now more than ever is a veritable teenagers rite of passage) and T in the Park (Scottish binge drinkers convention).
Maybe we're heading back to the way things were in the 90s, that would be no bad thing in my view.
but alas, no