As you definitely know, I love me some festival action. Following my previous weekend at 2000 Trees festival, the lovely folks at i heart Wines invited me to join them at Truck Festival in Oxfordshire. Obviously, I brought Conor along as my drinking and music partner in crime.
Unfortunately, we could only make the Saturday (missing Neck Deep, Moose Blood and Creeper on the Fri, sadface) – but it was a bloody good Saturday regardless. During our day out, I took over the i heart Wines Instagram (check it out here!), snapping cool things going on around the festival.
We ended up arriving late as there’s seemingly only one bus an hour to the festival site village. Yes, I need a car. But, if I’d had a car, I couldn’t have seriously indulged myself at the i heart Wines van, right? We quickly made our way over to the lovely Alex and the cute-as-heck i heart Wines van, and sipped on some tasty Pinot Grigio in the sunshine. Seriously, one of my fave Pinot Grigios.
I was actually also pretty impressed with the pricing – normally when I hit up a festival, I’d probably expect to pay about a fiver for a small glass of wine. i heart Wines started at just £3.50 for a 175ml glass – pretty similar to what I’d pay in my local.
We spent about an hour after we arrived chilling out in deckchairs watching festivalgoers dance past, and popped over to one of the smaller tents to dance to songs we didn’t know. Usually at festivals, I’m all systems go trying to fit in as much as possible, so it was nice to just soak up the vibe.
Honestly, when it came to the music – I didn’t actually really know any of the bands playing other than the headliners. But that’s a cool thing about festivals. You don’t need to know the music to enjoy the atmosphere. I love catching bands that are new to me, and particularly enjoyed Sundara Karma on the main stage. A big indie sound, perfect for summer festival afternoons.
We also managed to scrape together enough weekend-before-payday pennies to get some food and have a go on some fairground rides. Food and fun are total priorities. For our grub, we went full-on festival classic, with hotdogs and chips. Loads of the food stalls are provided by local organisations and our choice was the Didcot Rotary Club. We took a perch on the grass and wolfed down our dinner, accompanied by a big ol’ glass of some more Pinot Grigio. Festival meal perfection.
I also loved the view from the Ferris Wheel over the site – definitely something all fests should have!
Although the crowd seemed mostly a fair bit younger than us – or families – Truck Festival was a really fun day out. There were loads of quirky bits and pieces around the site, including DJ decks on wheelie bins, and ‘chill out’ areas. The gorgeous weather meant we spent a lot of time soaking up the ambience and casually watching some music – and I’d definitely consider doing Truck Festival again.
What’s your favourite kind of festival – big monoliths or little community fests?
*We were invited to Truck Festival as guests of i heart Wines