Oxfordshire's Truck Festival 2019 announces line-up for this year by sending potatoes with band names written on them to supporters. The festival organisers sent the spuds to supporters revealing Foals, Slaves and Mercury Prize award-winners Wolf Alice will play this year. Often described as the Godfather of the small music festivals, the Truck Festival has been featuring some of the biggest and best emerging artists since 1998. The Truck Festival 2019 takes place at Hill Farm, near Steventon in the idyllic Oxfordshire countryside from 26 to 28 July 2019.
If you are heading down the A420, between Oxford and Faringdon, you might notice a new addition to the rural landscape. Nest to the carriageway, on a site formerly occupied by Little Chef, is Mollie’s - a motel, diner and drive-thru with a nod to 1950's America. Mollie’s is different from the traditional roadside services. It offers affordable style for everyone to eat, drink and sleep over. Mollie's is the brainchild of Nick Jones, founder of Soho House & Co which manages an international portfolio of members' clubs, hotels and restaurants, including the high-end Soho Farmhouse in Chipping Norton.
The ‘Unmissable’ Dior Designer of Dreams exhibition is now open at the V&A Museum in London. This biggest fashion exhibition at the V&A since Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in 2015, this major retrospective offers an extended biography on Christian Dior. It uncovers his personal love of England and traces the history, and impact, of one of the 20th century's most influential couturiers from 1947 to the present day. The exhibition - a cleverly edited version of 70th anniversary Paris exhibition in 2017 - is on until Sunday, 14 July 2019.
Nelson Mandela: The Official Exhibition, a major new global exhibition that explores the life of the world’s most famous freedom fighter, and political leader will take place from 08 February. His epic story is told in a series of experiential galleries from his rural childhood home through years of turbulent struggle against the apartheid regime, to his eventual vindication and final years as South Africa’s first democratically elected, and to becoming the ‘Father of South Africa’, and a globally loved and respected figure. Visitors will see Nelson Mandela in a new light at the exhibition in the newly opened Leake Street Gallery in Waterloo.
Westgate Oxford - home to over 100 brand new stores - is almost completely occupied according to its owners, Land Securities. And there are no announcements regarding new stores opening for the time being. The centre has welcomed several big-name brands in recent months, from Zara and Mango to Urban Outfitters and Flannels. According to a spokeswoman “These well-known and much-loved retailers further strengthen our already fantastic offering and we’re incredibly excited to welcome them to the line-up at Westgate Oxford".
The Beach Boys are set to perform at the Cornbury Music Festival 2019 taking place from Friday 05 to Sunday 07 July at the Great Tew Estate in the little Cotswold village of Great Tew. The silver surfers will take to the Cornbury stage on Sunday 07 July as the closing day headliner. Day tickets will be available in February along with an announcement about the rest of the line-up. The Cornbury Music Festival is in its sixteenth year and promises to deliver a regular mix of legends, new faces, some laughter and a feast or two.