Festival is on track for success


The months of waiting are finally over for music fans as the Indietracks festival returns to the area this weekend.

The popular annual music extravaganza can be enjoyed from Friday to Sunday (July 25-27) at the Midland Railway, based at Butterley near Ripley.

The most recent bands and acts to be added to the bumper bill are Mega Emotion, The Manhattan Love Suicides, Totem Terrors, Ace City Racers, Liz Hunt and Harri Davidson, Shelley Jane, Little Robots, Bordeauxxx, Lonely Tourist, and a first ever live performance from Screen Prints.

Organisers have also announced a couple more DJs: Daytrip (from Belfast) and 7iete Pulgadas (from Madrid), although they regret that Lost Tapes are no longer able to make it this year.

The entertainment kicks off on Friday, July 25, from 5pm onwards with sets from Allo Darlin’, The Chills, Spearmint and TeenCanteen.

On Saturday, July 26, there will be 28 bands from midday onwards, including Gruff Rhys, Dean Wareham, Joanna Gruesome, The Popguns, The Proper Ornaments, The Spook School, Nat Johnson, The Manhattan Love Suicides, Laura J Martin and more.

On Sunday, July 27, the entertainment starts at midday again with 29 bands including The Hidden Cameras, Withered Hand, Sweet Baboo, Let’s Wrestle, Los Cripis, Mega Emotion, The Flatmates, The Just Joans, Night Flowers and many more.

There will also be steam train rides, discos, fine foods, real ale, owls and all the usual Midland Railway museums and attractions.

Some tickets for the event are still available by going to http://www.indietracks.co.uk/tickets/

In addition, organisers have released a sizzling 55-track compilation featuring bands playing at this year’s Indietracks.

The compilation ranges from dancefloor fillers and punk pop assaults to electropop and acoustic folk. It includes well-known artists such as The Hidden Cameras, Dean Wareham, Allo Darlin’, The Chills and Sweet Baboo, alongside the brightest new bands like Joanna Gruesome, The Spook School, Mega Emotion and TeenCanteen.

All proceeds will go to the Midland Railway steam railway charity where the festival takes place. The compilation costs a minimum of £2 to download, but extra donations will be appreciated.

To see the full tracklist and download the album, visit http://indietracks.bandcamp.com/