Indietracks 2012 Memories and Photos

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Re: Indietracks 2012 Memories and Photos

Post by heidisuperhero » Wed Jul 11, 2012 05:53

i wanted to write something different, but i think the below sums up indietracks for me:

i’ll try and make this as brief as possible, which is difficult because i have severe verbal diarrhea, especially where indietracks is concerned.

it began on friday. i had been on the isle of man for a week, and had been suitably emo for most of that time….talking solitary walks on the coast, swimming in the sea, drinking water from the river, you get the idea. a doomed romantic.

so i was nice and prepared when it got to friday, and i swallowed my fears, jumped on the plane and arrived in birmingham. they were playing belle and sebastian in the burger king…it’s as if they knew. then i bought far too many cans of industrial strength cocktails from marks and spencer, and got on the train, knowing that what was to come was when nothing else matters. i can’t claim to be even half as eloquent as my friends, and i think Hannah (owl and mouse) summed it up best when she said ‘‘Is there anyone at Indietracks who wasn’t your friend?’ and I thought for a moment and then said, ‘Fewer and fewer every year.’ ’.

Even though I went last year, I felt like the pressure of playing on the Sunday was always over our heads, and this, coupled with staying in the Travellodge meant that I didn’t fully immerse myself in the Indietracks state of mind.

This year couldn’t have been more different. Not better necessarily, just different. I pitched up my little tent in the middle of a field, and headed down to the bar. I wasn’t best pleased, as it had been raining for almost 3 hours, and I was dripping from head to toe. But not one to let minor grievances discourage me, one beer later and everything was right with the world.

Then my friends arrived. I’d just had about enough of tents by that point, but seeing their smiling faces my faith in humanity was duly restored, and I helped (hindered) everyone with their stuff.

I was decidedly reserved on both Friday and Saturday evening. I had a lot of fun, but I was also very very tired, and found myself going to spend time in my own company by about 12am each night.

Then Sunday happened. I met so so so many lovely lovely people and when I think about them all it makes me want to cry because it hurts so much that we can’t do that every day. But there was a campsite disco, and we all danced until our feet bled. I think I went to bed at about 7am…..

To all the new friends, and to all the old, I love you very much. Let me close by stealing Librarians Wanted’s beautiful poetry:

The only rule for Librarians Wanted is that we love the music we choose. The DJ sets and the bands - we don’t care about what is cool and what is right and what is indiepop, only, really, what is love (“Baby, don’t hurt me”). Yes, it should be a little bit like falling in love, hearing a song or a band for the first time and knowing in that instant it’s your new favourite. And it should be about meeting new friends you can leave alongside, smiling, when the evening is over, even if you entered the room a little bit shy and awkward and on your own.

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Post by eolrin » Wed Jul 11, 2012 08:20

ian wrote:
Rocker wrote:
It was indeed the Hidden Cameras - "Lollipop" from the Awoo LP

Liked the Northern Soul in that set too!
I knew I knew it! I kept thinking it was Awoo, but I went back and listened to it and it wasn't the right song. I haven't listened to the album for ages - will dig it out now!

Thanks Rocker.
Yes ... you´re correct.
That is the song.

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Post by robberie » Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:28

It was our first Indietracks and we LOVED it! The festival site, the music, the food, the beer, the weather, the owls...it was all brilliant. It's a bit cheesy to say but the most memorable thing though were the people. How friendly was everyone? Playing on the train was also really special for us. Looking forward to next year already!
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Post by roundbitsofplastic » Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:48

Doc & Miss!

I forgot to say WAY LOADS of thanks to all the Midland Railway staff cos you are always lovely to hundreds of over-excited and often heavily refreshed pop kids.

Also, I don't think anyone else mentioned the vegan options in Johnson's buffet. How top banana is that? I'm never gonna waste away, and I can always fill up on BEER, but it's nice to have some scran available for dirty hippies like me in the buffet.

I got a bit carried away and bought soya-desserts for other vegans I knew I might bump in to ;-)
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Post by tonieee » Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:50

Yes the staff are wonderful! It's so lovely how they remember us and can have chats and catch up with people who we only see once a year.

Oh and I was mistaken about my favourite indietracks moment earlier - it was actually this, in the shed, at the end of Sunday night:
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Post by lynsosaurus » Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:34

Aw! That's amazing!

I think, in my excitement, I forgot to say just how awesome all the staff were. I was saying to someone else earlier how the people who work at other festivals often find it so easy to sneer and take the piss out of people having fun, and part of the reason Indietracks is so special is because it's absolutely not like that. It's so nice to hear that the staff and volunteers love it as much as we do!

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Post by tonieee » Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:38

Blank Frack wrote:Dan Pocketbook topless on my shoulders like an over-excited girlfriend at a Van Halen gig. Mmmm...topless Dan... (continues p.94)
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Post by Rocker » Wed Jul 11, 2012 13:14

lynsosaurus wrote:the people who work at other festivals often find it so easy to sneer and take the piss out of people having fun, and part of the reason Indietracks is so special is because it's absolutely not like that.
But surely that's the PA guys' job?
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Post by eolrin » Wed Jul 11, 2012 15:20

First video uploaded...


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Post by Rocker » Wed Jul 11, 2012 15:57

Spare a thought for the Madrid Popfest contingent, who have not just had to return to work this week, but also to their government's version of 80s nostalgia, with increased austerity and protesting workers being shot at by police with rubber bullets today.

Not sure what the Spanish for "solidarity" is, but "SOLIDARNOSC" to them, anyway! I'm sure much the same will be happening in the UK before the year is out.
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Post by roundbitsofplastic » Wed Jul 11, 2012 16:08

Rocker wrote:.

Not sure what the Spanish for "solidarity" is, but "SOLIDARNOSC" to them, anyway! I'm sure much the same will be happening in the UK before the year is out.
Solidaridad!

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Post by eolrin » Wed Jul 11, 2012 16:26

At least the music will never disappoint us.

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Post by islandhopper » Wed Jul 11, 2012 21:34

I promise I'll stop after these!

The Vaselines - Son of a Gun
It's very sweet that they hadn't even realised they were headlining!


Spook School - Cameraman
Ran out of memory before the very end, but you can still see how fucking good they were!


Go Sailor - The Boy Who Sailed Around The World
With added helicopter!


Evans The Death - I'm So Unclean
Great to see one of my favourite songs of recent times played


White Town - Glad You Came
This is a cover of a song by The Wanted. This does not stop it being lovely!

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Post by crystalball » Wed Jul 11, 2012 22:04

That Vaselines video has left me paralysed. Most of them have but that song. God.

Apparently their very spartan rider specifies that they should never play within visible distance of any corporate logo. I like that a lot.

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Post by islandhopper » Wed Jul 11, 2012 22:16

crystalball wrote:That Vaselines video has left me paralysed. Most of them have but that song. God.
I had somehow never actually "got" quite how good a song it is until that performance! Keep watching that video though - it's a fucking beauty! I love the relentless pounding of that drum!
Let's also take some time to appreciate the guitar stylings of Mr Stevie Jackson! And bless him and his bowing at the end of each song in his solo set.

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Post by joanny » Wed Jul 11, 2012 22:39

So yes, this was my best Indietracks ever. Not only the gigs went great, but for once I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time to enjoy some special gifts. I've also seen much more bands than before (which means I probably socialized less as I was constantly running). My highlights :

- the fantastic Spook School playing on the biggest stage, and winning everyone over. whatever happens they never disappoint, it seems that they can't do anything but writing great popsongs.
- all the Church Stage audience dancing on Mikrofisch for their very first gig in the U.K. having to stay quiet during most of the gig was very frustrating, so I really enjoy this italo-disco medley.
- learning about the Tender Trap gig in the train at the last minute. it was my first train concert, and they played Talulah Gosh.
- Language Of Flowers : amazing. incredible. I could barely breathe at the end of Tara Mascara.
- Darren Hayman with a complete band. and they played Sad Witch. SAD WITCH!
- some great discoveries, including Cosines, Love Dance and September Girls.
- the discos : jumping with both arms raised and a stupid grin on Love Is In The Air. looking at everyone dancing with wellies. the conga on How Bizarre. the final hug on East 17, yes it was moving.
- too many laughs to mention

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Post by skywriting » Wed Jul 11, 2012 22:43

eolrin wrote:First video uploaded...

Oh, that just made me well up all over again. It's simply beautiful. And Bart's daughter whooping at the end too. Just wonderful.

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Post by Elvistears » Wed Jul 11, 2012 23:13

islandhopper wrote:
crystalball wrote:That Vaselines video has left me paralysed. Most of them have but that song. God.
I had somehow never actually "got" quite how good a song it is until that performance! Keep watching that video though - it's a fucking beauty! I love the relentless pounding of that drum!
Let's also take some time to appreciate the guitar stylings of Mr Stevie Jackson! And bless him and his bowing at the end of each song in his solo set.
I love that song, but was waiting for that group of gentlemen to the right of the picture to come flying into me all the way through it. Later on, jumping up and down and screaming "YOU THINK YOU'RE A MAN BUT YOU'RE ONLY A BOY. YOU THINK YOU'RE A MAN YOU ARE ONLY A TOY" made up for it.

I usually cry at at least one song at Indietracks. Usually its Gordon Mcintyre-related but this year I'd foolishly sat on the front row and didn't think I could start blubbing through "songs for Kylie". I couldn't help it the following night, though. I'm not sure that I've ever been as moved at a festival as by Allo' Darlin playing Tallulah. Everyone just stood, and listened, and I sort of sang some of it to myself, quietly. After it had finished, a friend just came across and gave me a hug. I said "yeah, that's how I feel too". And we all just stayed there for a bit - nobody said anything, nobody wanted to. I guess we didn't need to.

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Post by roundbitsofplastic » Thu Jul 12, 2012 09:46

joanny wrote: - the discos : jumping with both arms raised and a stupid grin on Love Is In The Air.
Some of the Madrid crew were asking me what the song that all the kids were going crazy to (it was The Deirdres) when I had to cut the explanation short cos Dan went and dropped La Casa Azul. I'm sure they understood though ;-)
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Post by Barto » Thu Jul 12, 2012 15:40

Hi all, I’m from Italy and this was my first Indietracks. I was considering coming since 2010 and this year I decided it was the right time. In the past, I attended some big festivals in UK and Europe, then I started with smaller ones, and realized I love them much better (especially End Of The Road Festival in Dorset)!

There were two main problems before coming: I like indiepop but didn’t know many bands in the lineup (but I love to find out new bands listening to them in their live dimension) and I was almost totally on my own (there were other Italian people I already knew, but we weren’t properly together, I met them once in a while and said hello and had some short conversation). In the end, these weren’t problems at all.

The few bands I already knew were good or very good: Darren Hayman was the best, it was my 5th time with him, including Hefner, and this one was by far the best one, this extended band has a stunning sound, really; The Just Joans were simply breathetaking; Summer Camp was mostly about vocals than sound, but it was fun and catchy; Veronica Falls sounded good too, even if the vocals were a little too weak for me; Stevie Jackson was pure sweetnes; Allo Darlin’ are better indoor in my opinion but they were good anyway and the good vibes in the audience was incredible;The Vaselines were a perfect close.

Then I found out a big load of bands I didn’t know at all or just heard a few songs. My biggest highlight were The June Brides: a full and round sound and a top quality songwriting; then, in alphabetical order, Colour Me Wednesday (great melodies and the right strength), Gold-Bears (a great combination of still excellent melodies and great energies); Robberie (their vocal harmonies were perfect);The Smittens (great in bringing a lot of different stuff in their music and creating something that doesn’t sound complicated at all); Standard Fare (one of the best performance in the festival, I was impressed especially by the singer); Tender Trap (pure class); Tigercats (a strong sound once again but this time combined to unconventional vocal melodies); T.O.Y.S. (simply irresistible).

And, as I said before, I was on my own but I never had the feeling of being alone. I met a lot of friendly people, musicians, DJ’s or from the normal audience as me. The two girls I met on Friday, personal friends of Darren Hayman; The Smittens, especially Colin, the two girls from Colour Me Wednesday; T.O.Y.S., especially Eddy and his brother and his Italian wife; the guys from Librarians Wanted club night; the two couples I met during Summer Camp, with a girl asking me if I was Greek after hearing my English accent; Jorge and Eva from Madrid Popfest who I met on the train back to London.

And the location with trains everywhere, the real cider and real ales (I tasted local ciders and ales from Kent, Somerset and Dorset but the ones from Derbyshire were better than all the above mentioned), the train and church stages, the amazing landslide.

Sorry if my English sometimes is incorrect, anyway I just wanted to contribute to this wonderful topic and meet everyone and more next year.

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