Interview with Truck Festival's Festival Organiser Matt HarrapPosted on Thu 2nd July 2015
I met up with Truck Festival’s, Festival Organiser Harrap over a pint or two at the North Star Pub in Steventon on one of the hottest days of the year to discuss what we can expect to see in just two weeks at this years Truck Festival
FFA: It seems that year on year you are adding more dance acts to the line up, is this part of a long term strategy?
MH: We most definitely have added a few more dance acts this year, as we have done for the past few years. This isn’t though part of a long term strategy to change it into a dance event or anything like that so fans of guitars fear not!
By adding an increased amount of dance music, in the shape of Basement Jaxx, Clean Bandit, Shy FX, My Nu Leng, GotSome and many more, we’re just trying to take into account the current musical landscape while pursuing an ether wider plethora of genres at the event, which is also evident in the guitar music as well.
FFA: Has the change of approach had an impact on ticket sales?
MH: I think so yes, it shows that we are not a one track festival! It also means that there is more on offer for longer, as all are dance stages run longer into the evening.
It’s probably the collective line up for this year has also contributed to our growth in popularity, I can honestly say we’d not of thought we’d ever have acts as big as Basement Jaxx, The Charlatans and Clean Bandit. Augustines are 3 rd from top for petes sake!
While we also have arguably some of the most exciting live bands around, in Fat White Family, Eagulls, Peter Hook and The Light and Darwin Deez. As well as, the best new bands are also still at Truck such as, Slaves, Spring King, Nothing But Thieves, Brawlers, The Magic Gang, Maiians, and Rat Boy!
FFA: Will Basement Jaxx have the same full production as their arena tour last year?
MH: We can promise they will bring everything plus a little bit more… So dancers, singers, lights, robots and maybe a little surprise for the last song! (stay tuned)
FFA: One of the criticisms of last years event was that there were not enough food outlets will you be adding more this year?
MH: This is something we feel very strongly about correcting – while the quality of food served up was delicious and locally sourced, the queues at peak times where a little to long for our liking. As a result we’re adding more food stalls throughout the site adding various pop up style yumminess!
FFA: Are there any new attractions this year?
MH: We’re trying to make things bigger and better every year while maintaining the same atmosphere that makes Truck so special. So we’ve decided we’d like a brand new stage Palm City, it’s going to look great. It’ll showcase Wales’ bulging new music scene throughout the day and by night turn into a tropical dance paradise that will feature all genres from funk soul and Motown to the deepest techno as the night comes to a climax – maybe even a few special guests in their as well.
As well as this we have a bigger and better mad scientist themed entertainment for a young Truckers provided by Jamboree that will keep them entertained throughout the weekend.
Other amazing additions to this years event is our luxurious glamping experience, which is now sold out, and for the first time – showers on site!
FFA: have you seen the age demographic change in the past 3 years?
MH: Yes we have definitely welcomed a new generation of Truckers in the past three years, in particular last year, this is really important for the longevity for obvious reasons!
I think it's showing we're doing something right as we still get our loyal truckers coming in year in year out and the same wonderful atmosphere, so that's really great!
FFA: In the unlikely event of the weather staying this hot, do you have any advise for Truckers
MH: Yes, buy more of a beer (joke), its the usual stuff, keep yourself hydrated, and make sure you have sun block, it may be worth getting some heat reflecting foil, really does stop you frying in your tent
FFA: One for the road
MH: Would be rude not to
Interview by Mick Game
Truck Festival takes place from 17th - 18th July at Hill Farm, Oxford, OX13 6SW
Tickets £83.50 inc booking fee available from Gigantic