A few years ago, we went to Indietracks, a unique festival combining heritage trains and indiepop music. Taking place at the Midland Railway Butterley amid the rolling hills of the Derbyshire countryside, it has a capacity of only 2000 and is a really lovely place to hang out of a weekend. You can play on the steam trains and drink real ale. You get to see bands performing on the trains, in a giant shed and even in a corrugated church. You may also get to meet the bands, who sell their wares themselves in the merchandise tent.

For such a small festival, I’m always really impressed at the calibre of bands playing. In 2009 we saw The Lovely Eggs, Camera Obscura and Au Revoir Simone, so I was super-excited to be invited back this year in my official capacity as Cameraman for Salle Pierre Lamy. We weren’t disappointed band-wise, being treated to the likes of Allo Darlin’, The Vaselines and Tigercats. We had a great weekend: ate our weight in chips and gravy, rode up and down on the trains, met owls, donkeys, superheroes and made some new friends, including the seven lovely bands interviewed by Salle Pierre Lamy.

Here are some highlights from the weekend…

You can see more photos over on Flickr.

Jim, co-founder of Salle Pierre Lamy, put together a brilliant short film of edgar and Bryce frolicking around the festival interviewing bands. It turns my shaky camerawork into something really special, and is well worth a look. You can watch it below or here on YouTube. Pour yourself a glass of risky, sit back and enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Indietracks

  1. Ohhh! I’ve never heard of this festival before! It sounds pretty terrific though, much better than the billion pound Leeds etc festival tickets and it seems to be a lot nicer on the ears (and eyes!) too.

    Your blog is dream-like! I’m so envious of your knitting skills you’re so talented O_O! when i knit with certain wools (well cheaper wools haha) my hands get all rashy and i get lizard skin đŸ˜¦ xxxxxx

  2. Tilly, you should definitely go to Indietracks. It’s great fun!

    Thanks for your lovely comments! Maybe you should treat yourself to some fancy wool, it will be nicer on your hands and guaranteed your knitting will look better. Thanks for stopping by! x

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