Memorable for music media overload, Truck was poster-boy/girl for the micro-festival revolution and this year’s event was filmed for Channel 4 (and even MTV) and broadcast live on BBC 6 Music, who had their DJs stationed in the recording studio at the farm. Many of the bands who had played early sets at the festival were now on TV and signed to big labels – Young Knives, Fell City Girl, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, iForward Russia!, and so forth.
Mystery Jets headlined and by now were very accomplished whilst still charmingly eccentric, while the Futureheads brought the Hounds of Love to the main stage and Hundred Reasons brought the hounds of rock, while Seth Lakeman played the fiddle and Chicks on Speed and 65 Days of Static pushed the boundaries in all directions. Not all at once. As much the stars of the event by this time were the charmers, oddballs and eccentrics who populated the smaller tents: Luke Smith, performing misanthropic but uplifting piano ballads with his dad, Dave the Drummer; the twitchy electronica of Nervous test_pilot, the home-made horns of Thomas Truax, Piney Gir’s country-dancers, Canadian Hip-hop-noir raconteur Buck 65, and so forth. A local band called Foals performed in a tent, another one to watch!
Regina Spektor played a still-talked about set in the barn (she doesn’t like playing outdoors), turning the slightly pungent cowshed into a hushed cathedral, for an hour at least. We heard her set on 6 Music the other day, actually, still sounding great. Ninja Banjo Handjob played- can’t remember a thing about them, but what a name!