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THEY feared raindrops would be falling on their heads but music fans enjoyed blistering sunshine at the weekend’s Truck Festival.

Downpours were forecast for the two-day event at Hill Farm, Steventon, featuring White Lies, The Cribs, Los Campesinos! and Oxford’s Stornoway.

But rain clouds made only a passing visit and 4,500 music fans were able to enjoy more than 100 bands in blistering sunshine.

Oxford Mail:

  • Weekend fun for Lennon Hibbins, seven

Steventon’s Lee Roberts, 42, attended with wife Nicola and 16-month-old daughter Betsy.

He said: “We come here every year and we make it an annual pilgrimage.

“We can hear the music from our house so it seems stupid not to come here and enjoy it first hand.”

London’s Gareth Bradshaw, 30, came dressed as a dog for his stag do, four weeks ahead of tying the knot.

He said: “The weather has been a highlight because it was supposed to rain.

“This is my fourth time at Truck Festival and it has been awesome.

Oxford Mail:

  • Danny Wilson, lead singer for Danny and the Champions of the World, on the main stage

“Everyone has loved the dog outfit and you would be amazed how many people have spoken to me about it.”

Danny Wilson, frontman of folk band Danny and the Champions of the World, said: “It is always a pleasure to come back to Truck Festival.

“It has changed a lot over the years but it is very easy-going and it is a lovely part of the world. I have got a lot of friends here.”

Truck was founded 17 years ago by musician Robin Bennett and brother Joe when he invited friends to a celebrate his birthday in a field.

A tent for children included a helter skelter and a ferris wheel and live music from children’s singer songwriter Nick Cope.

On Saturday there was a paint fight and fire pit where revellers watched the sunset in front of a roaring campfire.

Oxford Mail:

  • Nicola Roberts, 34, delivers her husband Lee, 42, and daughter Betsy, 16 months, into the main stage area

Hampshire seven-year-old Matthew Edwards had a close encounter with the Truck Monster mascot. He said: “The monster was very fluffy. This is the second time I have been here and I like it.”

Essex’s Jess Ford, 22, who was practising her hula hooping, said: “This is the first time I have come here and it is such a friendly festival. It is awesome.”

Co-organiser Matt Harrap said: “We are pleased with the turnout and it has been one of the biggest Truck’s yet.

Oxford Mail:

  • Crowds watching the music

“We have got a very eclectic line up and new music is very important to us.

“Oxford is an absolute hotbed of music so it would be an absolute travesty not to promote it.”

For more pictures of the festival see Truck Festival 2014

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1:23pm Mon 21 Jul 14

MCM245 says...

“We come here every year and we make it an annual pilgrimage. We can hear the music from our house so it seems stupid not to come here and enjoy it first hand.”

Wow, that's quite a pilgrimage then.
“We come here every year and we make it an annual pilgrimage. We can hear the music from our house so it seems stupid not to come here and enjoy it first hand.” Wow, that's quite a pilgrimage then. MCM245
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