Ok well it didn’t actually go anywhere, but it came close to the edge.
Truck Festival 2011 increased it’s size from it’s traditional 2 days, to become a 3-day event, in a gamble which sadly backfired. Initial low ticket sales prompted desperate measures with the Oxfordshire-based organisers offering cut prices tickets days before the event through online sites like lastminute.com. This alienated existing ticket holders and although the event went ahead, a slight air of animosity lingered, made worse by reports that bands hadn’t been paid. It seemed like a sad demise to a once fine grass-roots festival, perhaps swallowed up by it’s own misguided ambition.
However, a chance meeting between the Truck organisers and the patrons of Derbyshire’s ‘Y-Not Festival’ has resulted in the East Midlanders taking over the reigns. It’s a promising development with the Y-Not Festival winning a best grassroots festival award and the new team promising a back-to-basics approach. The obvious change is a return to the 2-day format with Friday 20th and Saturday 21st July 2012 being the confirmed dates.
No acts have yet been announced however early bird tickets are now on sale for £59 from http://www.truckfestival.com when they run out the rest of the tickets will be £69 with a guarentee from the organisers that NO discount or day tickets will follow
You can read a full, detailed interview with Ralph of Y-Not to find out more about his plans for the event at efestivals http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/ynot/2012/interview-ralph_broadbent.shtml