Truck Festival will return in 2012, under the management of the team behind Y-Not Festival, with the event's founders promising a "back to basics approach".
The event will take place at Hill Farm, Steventon from 20–21 July, with ticket details to be revealed shortly.
Despite good reviews for Truck 2011, it was thought unlikely that the festival would go ahead this year, after poor ticket sales and low sales of food and drink at last year’s event forced the company that ran the festival, Steventon Events Limited, into liquidation.
Truck founders Robin and Joe Bennett, who have now stepped down from running the festival, released a statement on the event’s website:
“We have always felt a great responsibility for the integrity and sustainability of Truck Festival, which grew so quickly and with such enthusiasm from very humble beginnings in 1998. Via Truck’s unique catering arrangements with the Rotary Club, tens of thousands of pounds have been raised for charities and good causes every year, including last year, and many great bands have taken their first steps to international prominence.
However, after a notoriously difficult summer of trading for Truck Festival, and festivals in general, we have decided it is time for us to step down from our role at the event.
During the 14 years of its existence, since we started it round our kitchen table, the festival has suffered various threats and disasters, from floods and foot-and-mouth to finances, and taken on a life of its own. We like to think it has brought joy to a lot of people. It’s right for this tradition with so many benefits to the community to continue; a chance encounter with the organisers of Y-Not festival in Derbyshire (winner of Best Grassroots Festival 2011) has given it the opportunity to do so.
We are glad to say that, rather than finish for good or be in corporate hands, the festival in 2012 will go back to basics under the management of the Y-Not team. We feel they are the right people to take on the event, give it a fresh start and rebuild it over the next few years, and we hope you’ll give them your full support.
More information will follow shortly from the new organisers; thanks for your patience and keep on trucking.”
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