Indietracks 2014 Photos and Memories

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Post by roundbitsofplastic » Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:27

I am absolutely dead. Inside and out.

Killed by Indietracks, what a way to go. Again.

Fucking love you lot x
I am struck speechless by the nape of your neck.

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Post by kieran kawaii » Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:47

genuinely surprised i am still alive at this point. feel so so so shit, physically and metaphysically, even after sleeping about 16 hours. such fun vibes at this festival every year

axolotes mexicanos were lots of fun yesterday on the mainstage. slum of legs amazing on... saturday? no ditching and the hidden cameras etc etc

really enjoyed all the discos as well. people should play Smog more at indiepop discos.

to be honest i can barely type sentences so i'm gonna go nap some more.

oh btw, v. sorry to anyone i kept up all night on sunday/monday. oh dear

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Post by islandhopper » Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:52

I was really bad at seeing any new bands this year (I have no idea where the time went) but I think it's quite possibly the most fun I've ever had at the festival. Allo Darlin, the Spooks and Withered Hand were as wonderful as you'd expect them to be and seeing them with an indietracks audience always makes it even more special. There were great performances from Hibbett and The Wendy Darling's too though I was gutted I had to miss the Hobbes set due to having to get ready to play.
Indiepop Singalong was a joyous thing and I was surprised by quite how good The Hidden Cameras were on Sunday night and how much I enjoyed them. That was topped off by the Daytrip disco seeming to play exactly the right songs for the end of a beautiful weekend.
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Post by ShaunBrilldream » Tue Jul 29, 2014 12:35

What a weekend eh? I wish I bought a few shares in Head & Shoulders.

First up obviously is massive thank you for all the organisers, volunteers and railway staff (and the campsite staff, who don't get much props, but I found them dead friendly and super helpful this year) for making this all happen. There was a bit watching Hidden Cameras where the enormity of work that goes into putting all on suddenly hit me and made my brain cut out. Well done all. There was a really chatty guy we met last year who I've rather unforgivably forgotten the name of (I think he was there as some kind of work experience?) who was experiencing indiepop for the first time, and suddenly GOT IT at the end of Helen Love. He was back this year, saying it's the best weekend of the year. That really made me happy, all this really does change peoples lives doesn't it?

Musical highlights:-

Hidden Cameras (with outfits designed by indiehorse)
Spook School (who just get better and better. I sprinted to catch the end of the Jo Gru set and beat them there by minutes. Kudos)
Just Joans (possibly the most indietracks band of them all)
Hobbes Fanclub (who were just perfect)
ONSIND (I got a bit emotional there)
Pop guns
Spearmint
Wolf Girl
Blue Minkies
Hibbett (esp the one with the signs)
Axolotes Mexicanos
Cosines
No Ditching
Okinawa Picture Show in the church
Simon Love and Martha in the merch tent
Swapsies
Teen Canteen
Wendy Darlings
The Thyme Machine (only caught the first bit of the set but was doing genuine LOLS)

Personal highlights:-

Talking to Katie Pope saturday night and her saying how she was staying sober for the show, only to see two of her band mates pole dancing in the disco tent a few hours later.
One of the campsite staff giving that French guy some of his glitter back("we were there for hours picking that up!") and giving him a hug after.
Getting to play a disco and getting props off Martha for playing Housemartins
The impromptu set in the upstairs bar saturday night.
Talking to Tonieee about Ray K's fanzine and finding out he was at the same festival I was and eating crisps from the same lady.
I was feeling a it beaten after the Hidden Cameras, but made the decision to absolutely go for it at the discos. Best decision I've ever made. The Daytrip set was really, really amazing.

You lot. You lot are the best.
And we just can't wait to make more mistakes and to fluff our breaks, and to stuff our faces with cake.

The FinchleyTed fanclub.

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Post by islandhopper » Tue Jul 29, 2014 12:50

mkgleeds wrote: That the drug dogs were still there - surely we can train the owls to search for drugs now
Going by some of the smells, they're obviously not all that good at their job anyway!

Like a lot of people I didn't get to try the pizza this year either, but I can't possibly complain about the food while the burritos are still there - I'll quite happily eat those all weekend!

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Post by Rocker » Tue Jul 29, 2014 12:55

Yeah the Burritos and of course the wonderful Gopal's kept me going during the long days prior to nocturnal visits to The New Bengal in Alfreton...
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Post by Pop Kid » Tue Jul 29, 2014 13:13

THANK YOU!

I love organizing this festival with the rest of Team Indietracks and the Midland Railway just to see how happy it makes everyone.

It was a great year - exhausting but great. Even though I hardly saw any bands, became far too closely acquainted with the instrument storeroom key and had to tell Sonic Boom! not to smoke anything that would send the dogs mad.

Apologies for the no show's from Lets Wrestle (lead singer was very sick) and Ravioli Me Away (late for slot and we couldn't fit them in elsewhere).

Thank you to all the bands, DJ's volunteers, attendees, merch people, woman who cooks the breakfast in Sainsburys, Amber Taxi's, Born in the USA, Johnsons Buffet and Christos Kalyvas and his Dan Electro guitar.

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Post by islandhopper » Tue Jul 29, 2014 13:19

Rocker wrote:Yeah the Burritos and of course the wonderful Gopal's kept me going during the long days prior to nocturnal visits to The New Bengal in Alfreton...
Yes, had a great Gopal's on Saturday too. Extra credit to the catering folk this year for working in what looked like hellishly hot conditions and to Brian for pulling a curry stall/rock star split shift!

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Post by Mattisalarmed » Tue Jul 29, 2014 13:43

That was the best indietracks yet. Met so many great people this year, staying up until stupid o'clock in the 'the fort' was definitely a highlight. Watching and then later meeting slum of legs also, who are now my new favourite band. Oh and the Spook School - who's energy was just crazy. So cool to have something like this on my doorstep, big ups to everyone involved!!

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Post by Silver Girl » Tue Jul 29, 2014 13:48

A brilliant conversation during Hibbett's set:
Confused-looking woman: "Is this the arse?"
Took me a few secs to realise she was looking for The AHs...
"I don't know who you're talking about..."

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Post by linus » Tue Jul 29, 2014 14:04

Pop Kid wrote:Sonic Boom!
wait! the what now?

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Post by Pop Kid » Tue Jul 29, 2014 14:24

a fog of ideas wrote:
Pop Kid wrote:Sonic Boom!
wait! the what now?
Yep! He was hanging with Dean and Britta. Should have asked him to play the merch tent.

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Post by indiehorse » Tue Jul 29, 2014 15:45

I'm still a little broken from the weekend, but fortunately I booked myself the whole week off work to recover.

I had the best time. Indietracks has always had a special place in my heart but having the likes of the Spook School, ONSIND and No Ditching there makes my world complete. I don't think I'll write a comprehensive list of all the bands I enjoyed, because it was every one of the ones I saw.

Here are a some photos:

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The rest can be found on my Facebook.

EDIT: Whoops, they're really big. I'll make them smaller later when I'm less broken.

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Post by Dan Pop-o-matic » Tue Jul 29, 2014 16:05

Best Indietracks yet!

My music highlights:

Allo Darlin with special guests
Okinawa Picture Show in the church
Wolf Girl
The long awaited return of an all conquering MJ Hibbett and the Validators
The utterly amazing Thee AHs
Playing ukulele in front of people for the first time during the Sweet Nothings merch tent set (sorry I wasn't very good!)
The completely mind-blowing Dorotea set. Biggest revelation of the weekend for me
The Spook School tearing up the main stage
Gruff Rhys. Seeing one of my music heroes at my favourite festival got a bit too much for me.
The Swapsies
The Thyme Machine winning tons of new fans. Always love seeing my friend's bands get the audience they deserve at Indietracks
The Wendy Darlings proving they are The Coolest Band on the Planet
The Very Most
The gorgeous set from The Yearning in the church
Night Flowers
The Just Joans proving they can probably headline next time
Withered Hand being amazing
Hidden Cameras
Dancing to discos, especially Daytrip and Ready Steady Girls

Non-music highlights

Beer
The lost child announcement when it turned out he was down the front watching Gruff
Owls, parrots and a hawk
Seeing all of you again

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Post by RITH » Tue Jul 29, 2014 16:15

humblebee wrote:Withered Hand left me an emotional wreck. I was thinking and feeling all sorts of Big Revelatory Stuff during their set.
I saw your face during 'Black tambourine' and I could see what you were feeling. I felt some of that too.

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Post by RITH » Tue Jul 29, 2014 16:18

I missed Dototea's set. It's really too bad, but this way they remain a bit of a mystery to me, even though I chatted with Viktor quite a bit later on. The band were so touched by the fact that Marianthi wrote about them in my fanzine that they all bought a copy.

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Post by darvé » Tue Jul 29, 2014 16:37

Well team Forbes/Pop had a lovely time.. i don't think anyone noticed Clare was a bit drunk on Sunday*, so that was a bonus!

SO many highlights (as usual) but bandwise:
- The Wendy Darlings just nicked it for band of the weekend thanks to their joyous levels of ENORMOUS POP (never has a song been so appropriate to describe a bands sound).
- Dean Wareham was reported to have made at least 3 grown men shed a tear or 2 during his set, it was a thing of classic beauty.
- Blue Minkies! Of course they were a highlight, i've waited years to see Ray pogoing with a pair of £1 Y-fronts on his head, it didnt disappoint AT ALL
- Hobbes Fanclub made the ridiculous decision to sell their (wonderful) album for £5 when it should be at least double that (and some more), but what a set. It was a joy.
- Jo-Gru i hadn't seen for a few months, it's always good to get that frenetic blast of energy and they bought a nice change in style to the afternoon. There was a definite reverance when Dean came out as well which was nice to see.
- Just Joans (for me) 'headlined' Sunday as i dont really care for either Withered Hand or The Hidden Cameras (SACRILEGE!screams pretty much everyone else) but they were sensational. The Pulp cover was an unexpected treat (even if Katie's dress was a bit of a spoiler) and it's always good to see a band play to a packed shed like that.
- The Chills really started my weekend in London on Thursday and i met a friend of a friend properly for the first time who was coming to Indietracks specifically as they were playing. Every time we saw her over the weekend her love of the festival was growing and growing. I'd criminally been fairly ignorant of the 'Flying Nun' bands until recently, so i'm still playing catch up, but they were great (both nights) and i love that every year a particular band will play that will bring new people and they'll love it and swear to come every year..
- Gruff Rhys was suitably... entertaining.. Having seen SFA something approaching 30 times it's nice to see that he's got the swagger to headline a festival with a powerpoint presentation and only a handful of tunes.
- Night Flowers played Rush Hour which was PERFECT.

Away from the bands..
- I spent Sunday evening in the relative comfort of the bar on the carriage and the disco sounded amazing, if i hadnt been suitably KNACKERED by then i may well have gone in to dance.
- We did the shed tour on the Sunday that the railway centre organised, and even though i have grown up in/around/with/on trains i learnt alot and also found a copy of a magazine with a review of a model railway exhibition that my dad organised in 1992 which was a lovely bonus.
- We didnt have any problems with Amber Taxis who all turned up as booked and even sent a bunch of unbooked ones on the Saturday night (luckily, we'd walked to the main road at this point and got the first one that arrived)
- The Groovey train III - London to Alfreton first class - Champagne, gin and pasties (although most of the champagne ended up over my leg)
- The weather, it was HOT, but i like HOT, more of the same. I havent worn trousers to Indietracks now since 2012 and i'll like to keep that up.


TL:DR - some bands played, it was hot, we got drunk.





*... and Friday.. and Saturday - Although i trumped her on Saturday. I love you Cheddar Valley.
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Post by PontiacB » Tue Jul 29, 2014 17:18

We had a great time, probably the best musical line up of the three I've been to for my tastes. Loved the expected highlights (Jo Gru, Dean Wareham, Chills). But the thing that made it for me were the unexpected highlights - Axolotes Mexicanos were fantastic, as were Blue Minkies, Elopes and Totem Terrors made a great noise and Mega Emotion caught me just when I needed a pick up.
Other highlights were The Wendy Darlings, Linda Guilala (my wife Clare thought the guitarist was the coolest person there) and she also raved about Dorotea who I missed for some reason.

Loved the staff as normal and the people at the bar were fantastic. Hard to think of anything negative, was a bit disappointed the pizza place seemed to be closed so much and agree that the merch tent sets are getting a bit too big for the space, but that's all I can think of. Was also a bit sad that the blue train seemed to have his face off for refurbishment, but we saw his face in the workshop so hopefully he'll be restored for next year.

Cheers once again to all involved.

Edit - how did I forget the Hobbes Fanclub - fantastic stuff, guitar sounded great. I felt a bit mean only paying £5 for the CD, like someone else said I would have paid double.

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Post by tonieee » Tue Jul 29, 2014 17:47

I had a brilliant, brilliant time!

Thank you so much to everyone involved in the making it happen.

The band highlight of the weekend for me was the Blue Minkies. It was great seeing them again - I hope they carry on.

There were so many bands I really wanted to see but missed but that's okay because I saw so many other amazing bands.

Tim's Sunday night disco in the shed was the best time I've had dancing in years.

Loved the many plays of If You Don't Pull with everyone singing along. It has become the indietracks anthem.

It was really lovely meeting the Salle Pierre Lamy folks again and me and Jo absolutely love the portrait they did of us. The bottle of risky that gave us helped the Saturday night campsite disco but hindered my Sunday morning.

But mainly it was hanging out with lovely friends. Why can't that be our real life all year round?

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