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Newby - Advice

Post by gedgetheledge » Fri Jul 05, 2013 15:31

So I'm a first (old) timer Indietrack virgin. I've got the essentials, tent and beer.What else do I need to a) survive the campsite (I've read a few interesting comments about it) and b) the festival itself.

What shouldn't I miss? What should I defintely give a wide berth to?

Do I need wellies (if it rains of course)? Can I cook a bacon sarny outside my tent without a campsite nazi frogmarching towards me?

Any advice will be greatfully received, cant wait for the festival.

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Post by Neil and Nik » Fri Jul 05, 2013 15:41

Old newbies here also, we stayed at Golden Valley in May to see what it's like.

TBH i wouldn't listen to the negative accounts, the place is well run, the staff friendly. The bacon butties are fine!
I've been to many festivals over the years.. this should be a doddle :)

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Post by linus » Fri Jul 05, 2013 15:48

I'd recommend any first timer at indietracks sees a performance on the train, in the church, in the shed and on the outdoor stage

in previous years impromptu performances have taken place in the merch tent (not necessarily by bands/artistes on the bill) and if that happens again, try to get along (word usually will get round the site in advance)

do remember to tip the daytime djs (mandatory)

I'm looking forward to seeing what people suggest you 'avoid'

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Post by Murray » Fri Jul 05, 2013 15:53

Don't be fooled by the "Carnival of Food" van; it should really be named "Barnyard Carnage", but i still love it.

I agree with the previous poster's point about tipping the daytime DJs - excellent advice that people would do well to heed.

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Post by a layer of chips » Fri Jul 05, 2013 15:57

The crushing inevitability of breakfasting on a mystery meat burger from the Carnival of Food van is one of the quaint traditions of Indietracks.

Avoid anyone moaning about Carnival of Food running out of veggie burgers by 4pm. And a man trying to take the windows out of the church.

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Re: Newby - Advice

Post by leon » Fri Jul 05, 2013 15:59

I don't think there's anything to be avoided (apart from Finchley Ted, see above).

It was quite wet last year but wellies weren't really necessary - only the main stage has grass in front of it and it only got squelchy down the front. You can get round the festival site on the gravel/tarmac paths and roads. Likewise the campsite is a proper caravan and campers affair so again there are roads and paths to tread.

I've seen people cooking outside their tents on little gas stoves, but the campsite cafe does breakfasts if you prefer.

Even if you don't see a band or artist on a train, you should still go on one - you approach from the campsite on foot and don't get the fun of arriving by train.
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Re: Newby - Advice

Post by Neil and Nik » Fri Jul 05, 2013 16:04

leon wrote: - you approach from the campsite on foot and don't get the fun of arriving by train.
Unless you walk down the lane to Butterley Station and catch the train from there.

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Post by leon » Fri Jul 05, 2013 16:10

True. But that more than doubles the distance you have to walk. But if its a nice day..
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Post by indiansummer » Fri Jul 05, 2013 16:15

i'd avoid that Good Grief lot if i were you

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Post by a layer of chips » Fri Jul 05, 2013 16:19

leon wrote:True. But that more than doubles the distance you have to walk. But if its a nice day..
You wanna make sure there are no wasps about...

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Post by linus » Fri Jul 05, 2013 16:23

or squirrels

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Post by leon » Fri Jul 05, 2013 16:26

a layer of chips wrote:
leon wrote:True. But that more than doubles the distance you have to walk. But if its a nice day..
You wanna make sure there are no wasps about...
I've told you before, it was GANG of flies.
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Post by islandhopper » Fri Jul 05, 2013 16:30

While we're on the subject of flies, do look out for the poofly that made everyone sick in 2008. He shouldn't still be alive, but I really wouldn't put it past him.

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Post by linus » Fri Jul 05, 2013 16:48

watch out for blowfly who'll be performing puerile filthy-mouthed r&b versions of indiepop classics such as 'beatdik boy', 'big pink snake', 'emma's ass', 'let's jizz and make up', 'bigmouth sucks again', 'lloyd, are you ready to have your dick broken?' and many more that I've yet to think up at my desk here on a friday afternoon

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Post by Trev » Fri Jul 05, 2013 16:58

Neil and Nik wrote:TBH i wouldn't listen to the negative accounts, the place is well run, the staff friendly. The bacon butties are fine!
I've been to many festivals over the years.. this should be a doddle :)
It's a bit different during festival time. Most of the staff seem to loathe the festival crowd.....
not really here

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Post by tonieee » Fri Jul 05, 2013 17:32

Trev wrote:
Neil and Nik wrote:TBH i wouldn't listen to the negative accounts, the place is well run, the staff friendly. The bacon butties are fine!
I've been to many festivals over the years.. this should be a doddle :)
It's a bit different during festival time. Most of the staff seem to loathe the festival crowd.....
We once stayed there outside of festival time and now they're always friendly to us.

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Post by tonieee » Fri Jul 05, 2013 17:34

Go to Gopal's Curry Shack. Have the one where you get a bit of everything. It will make your tummy happy!

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Post by tonieee » Fri Jul 05, 2013 17:41

The beer's quite pricey (£4 a pint last year) but it is good beer so I don't mind. They tend to run out of draught by Sunday and after that it's just cans of Mansfield Bitter.

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Post by Barto » Sat Jul 06, 2013 14:11

I was a newbie last year. There's nothing to avoid, you'll have to time of your life! The campsite is nice and facilities are very good. I didn't need wellies last year and there was heavy rain sometimes, in fact this year I'm not bringing them.

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Re: Newby - Advice

Post by northernlight » Sat Jul 06, 2013 19:43

tonieee wrote:Go to Gopal's Curry Shack. Have the one where you get a bit of everything. It will make your tummy happy!
Was really glad that the Indietracks organisers have confirmed that there would be a burrito van again this year. A different one - but still, a Burrito van!!

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