Well, this was my second Indietracks, and although it's hard to recapture the magic of everything being new and exciting, it was still another special weekend.
It started badly, as we suffered Travelodge's crazy overbooking policy and got put in Mansfield, but it all turned out OK (see the Travelodge vs. Premier Inn thread) apart from missing the first 90 minutes or so on Saturday. I was hoping for a more relaxing start to the weekend - last year was stressful too, for different reasons - but oh well. Third time lucky?
I wasn't that excited about the lineup beforehand, but (a) that doesn't really matter, and (b) I figured there'd be some discoveries throughout the weekend anyway. Which there was, and also a lot of bands that didn't do much for me on record were really good live.
The bands that stick out in my memory (and made me buy stuff afterwards) are:
- Pale Spectres
- Fever Dream - I only caught the last few songs, but they were quite beautiful.
- Seabirds, they're looking really promising!
- Alpaca Sports
- Still Corners
We stayed outside for most of Sunday afternoon, and pretty much everything there was good too.
There were a few things I'm sorry I missed (including the start of Saturday...), especially Helen Love, although I don't regret seeing Still Corners instead. Clashes. :/
- That looong wait for Camera Obscura was painful. In a literal sense. I'm still not 100% sure if it was worth it (it would've been, but I saw them the other month anyway, and there weren't really any surprises on the setlist).
- New Mexican place was really nice, even if they did run out of pulled pork ridiculously early. Cafe Ooh La La have started putting too much mayonnaise on everything though, I'll have to ask for it without next year.
- Owls (and parrots)! They're great. I especially loved it when I was buying a drink and turned around to see a bloody big eagle owl on the bar.
- The added security was a bit weird (especially when the guy searched my bag despite watching me go out of the gate, turn around after four yards and come back), but kind of amusing too.
- I didn't go on the train bar at all this year for some reason. I guess it always looked too full? Never mind. The beer in the shed was nice again, although there were a couple from last year I was hoping would make a return. Is the beer lineup completely different every year?
I sort of wish I knew more people there (I went with my partner, but neither of us know anyone else who goes) but I'm too shy to actually talk to anyone. Still, despite it not being the big meetup with friends that it is for a lot of you guys, I loved it - it's like another world, so relaxing and nice. Adjusting to everyday life afterwards is difficult.