Each year, Truck hosts the Band App, encouraging up and coming artists mainly from the immediate local area to apply to play. It is our annual unearthing of Truck headliners of the future, with paid-slots across all of our main stages.
Once all applications are received, artists are then narrowed down and shortlisted! From there, a panel of local tastemakers, Truck champions including Nightshift Magazine and BBC Introducing Oxford plus a public vote decide on over 25+ slots each year.
In the past eight years alone we’ve showcased over 250 emerging artists from across the country. Alumni include Cassia, Bloxx, Fur, Hotel Lux, Raised By Owls – all previously hand-selected by the likes of BBC Introducing, Nightshift Magazine, The Wombats, The Amazons, This Feeling, So Young Magazine and more.
Band App is back for Truck 2024, apply now!
Truck can proudly say that 50% of our lineup is local, thanks to our collaborations with BBC Introducing,Switch, Alcopop & Big Scary Monsters. Over the years we’ve been able to support amazing new talent by providing a platform to showcase amazing creativity and musical talents.
One of Truck’s key aims for 2023 is to continue to book and engage local based acts and to provide a platform for up and coming artists, as well as welcoming artists who have established themselves in the music industry back to their home town of Oxfordshire.
BBC Introducing Oxford
Since 2015 the festival has worked closely with BBC Introducing Oxford who curate, host and broadcast from the Veterans and Virgin Stage. In 2023 ,BBC Introducing and Truck offered over 12 slots to local musicians who had the opportunity to perform in their hometown to a live festival audience!
In 2022, Truck donated 150 Tickets for Good to be distributed to members of charities and organisations, supporting those who would not usually have the opportunity to attend live music events.
There’s no face-value cost of the ticket, and Tickets for Good charge just a small booking fee to cover their overheads, and by donating tickets, Truck is further lowering the barriers of access to live events to those who previously might not have attended due to physical, financial, work-based, or personal obstacles.
Currently, Tickets for Good are supporting NHS workers, enabling them to enjoy their time away from work with live events that reduce stress, improve mental health and reward their hard work.
If you’re an NHS worker you can find out more on the Tickets For Good website
Other Charity Ticket Donations
Each year we offer a minimum of 20 pairs of tickets to a huge range of local charities as prizes for fundraisers and raffles.
Some of the charities and organisations we have supported through ticket donations in the past include:
Be Free Young Carers
In 2022, Truck partnered with Be Free Young Carers, an independent charity in Oxfordshire working exclusively with young carers. We offered the young carers and their parents weekend tickets to the festival and in return, they lent us a helping hand packing the bags of paint for our legendary paint fight!
Sabiene North, CEO of Be Free Young Carers says:
“Truck Fest has always been a loyal supporter to us and we were delighted to have been supported this year. Truck Fest have given our young carers and their families, the opportunity of a lifetime, to attend an event that wouldn’t normally be available to them. It was more so important to our older young carers, as most their friends were attending, it gave them the opportunity to fit in and respite from their caring role. Thank you very much to all at Truck Fest who made this possible, from giving our young carers backstage access, seeing behind the scenes in the HQ, to weekend passes, you have made our young carers feel special and apart of this amazing event”
We want Truck Festival to be accessible to everyone and in 2017 we began our working relationship with Attitude is Everything, a disability-led charity that improves Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music.
In our first year of working with AIE we were awarded Bronze and since then we have gone on to achieve a Silver and now a Gold award for our ongoing commitment to accessibility.
As a festival, we know that to truly champion accessibility and be one of the industry standard leaders, we need to strive to improve year on year and continue to meet the needs and requirements of all our customers. This is something we are fully committed to doing and our aim is to continue being awarded Gold in the future.
If you’d like to find out more about Truck’s Access Applications and facilities, please head to our Accessibility page here.