Indietracks 2015 Photos and Memories

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Re: Indietracks 2015 Photos and Memories

Post by timahall » Wed Jul 29, 2015 13:12

bartblueboy wrote:I am not sure I aprove of the owls being so close to the indoor venue ... poor creatures, having all these human monsters staring at them and all that noise ... I know it is awesome that they are looked after, after being dumped as pets by their owners, but maybe next time they should be in a different place where they are left a bit more in piece (sorry, this is only my opinion and maybe I am misinformed and they really really like it there)
Oh, the owls are placed in a noisy area for a reason, although I forget what it is. It was explained to me the first year they were there. But they're definitely happy in the noise and surrounded by (gentle) people.[/quote][/quote]

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Post by timahall » Wed Jul 29, 2015 13:14

timahall wrote:
bartblueboy wrote:I am not sure I aprove of the owls being so close to the indoor venue ... poor creatures, having all these human monsters staring at them and all that noise ... I know it is awesome that they are looked after, after being dumped as pets by their owners, but maybe next time they should be in a different place where they are left a bit more in piece (sorry, this is only my opinion and maybe I am misinformed and they really really like it there)
Oh, the owls are placed in a noisy area for a reason, although I forget what it is. It was explained to me the first year they were there. But they're definitely happy in the noise and surrounded by (gentle) people.

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Post by mkgleeds » Wed Jul 29, 2015 18:57

The Best Thing

Tigercats – A band absolutely at their peak, highlight of the festival for me.

Great Things

Martha - despite the messy sound at the start.
Feature – best new discovery of the festival for me
Steamroller Crush – Judging by the crowds I assume at some point the steamroller will move to the main stage and the bands will be phased out.
Cinerama – they didn’t appear to be enjoying themselves that much but the set was sublime
Colour Me Wednesday – defied the rain brilliantly

Good Things

Mammoth Penguins
Johnsons Buffet getting out the best china to serve dinner to Cinerama
The Pains
Jen Schande on the train
Consistently excellent beer choice – though they ran out of the Strawberry something one I was developing a taste for on Friday night.
Darling Buds – first time I’d seen them since Reading Majestic in Nov 88 – the set has changed a bit but the ‘new’ songs sounded great.
Owl and Mouse in the Merch Tent
Desperate Journalist
Chris Froome – The phone signal is better in a field than in the Travelodge – so I got to ‘follow’ him up Alpe D’Huez
The Fireworks
Luxembourg Signal

Not So Good Things
M1 on a Friday afternoon
Missing Chorusgirl due to being distracted by Sunday pub lunch
Not Getting into the Church at any point – everytime I thought about it there was a big queue – need to be better at forward planning
Rain – I felt sorry for the Sunday outdoor bands as it probably halved all their audience and i was knackered from standing up all day
Gaps – The no overlapping in the evening plan does leave some large gaps if you are not fussed by one of the main bands and means the church is busier, obviously it helped out the organisers on Sunday but one of the joys of Indietracks is that there is always something you like somewhere (and normally 3 things)

Thanks to Team Indietracks – I imagine the rain makes life twice as hard but they dealt with it brilliantly – ie making the big puddle outside the train shed disappear under some boards at one point.

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Post by Icebat » Wed Jul 29, 2015 19:56

mkgleeds wrote: Gaps – The no overlapping in the evening plan does leave some large gaps if you are not fussed by one of the main bands and means the church is busier, obviously it helped out the organisers on Sunday but one of the joys of Indietracks is that there is always something you like somewhere (and normally 3 things)
Yeah, I've got mixed feelings about that one. At first it seemed like a good idea, but then I realised there's always at least one band towards the end I'm not fussed about, so I'd probably rather have a choice of what to see, even if it could potentially be an agonising one. I have no idea what the majority opinion on it would be though...

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Re: Indietracks 2015 Photos and Memories

Post by Doc & Miss » Wed Jul 29, 2015 20:00

Was anybody miserable this weekend? No Way! Speaking for the railway team I can say we all enjoyed it as usual. How can you be miserable with so many nice people about. Yet again Indietracks passed in a blur, and that was without any alcohol. I forgot to take the photos but I doubt you would believe how normal the site looked by 3.30 on Monday, just the skips to go for re-cycling.

To answer a few other questions:

The "tango" cider appears to have gone from the market. Our beer supplier Richard just couldn't get any. Richard is a local supplier (Leadmills) but works with other local brewers to give us a good selection and is VERY flexible on deliveries. He is a key member of the team, for sure.

The owls (not forgetting the parrots) just don't care about the noise. Being next to noisy steam locomotives, or screaming kids, it's all the same to them. Woodies Wings have assured us that they are happy in the environment and seem to like interacting with people who care.

I know it isn't always possible but the tip I was given about the indoor stage was to get in front of the sound desk as that is where the judgements are made as to sound quality (please don't all rush next year).

We were all sorry to hear about the damaged vehicles, but the railway as a whole is suffering from regular nightly break-ins. Perhaps next year we will have nailed them.


Anyway, back to the good bits. The Indietracks Team did a great job along with the volunteers they brought along so a big thanks from the MRT goes to them. I was asked a number of times if the event does the railway any good. The answer is a great big YES. Never has so much beer made such a difference to the annual figures of an organisation. This year everyone just seemed to latch on to the efforts to keep the place clean, so thanks to all those who used the bins it was definitely the best year for cleaning up. Another big THANKS to all those who made a donation in the merch tent - it all helps. I have never thanked Andrea in print before so I will remedy that now. You may not have found her in the "prison van" (another thanks to Aspins for the loan of this home for the control cabin this year, it may not have looked the part from the outside but it was just the ticket inside, so we have locked the team in ready for next year) but she has put hours into making it all work.

I do hope the families whose kids were playing on the beach in the rain have managed to clean them up. The beach works just great when its sunny - not so sure in the rain. Thanks to "Stage Matt" for the video above the bar and looking forward to seeing Jeannie's film.

Last year several people mentioned can crushing at advertised times, so that's what we did. Can't believe that prepping anything for recycling gets applause anywhere else.

One year I will get to listen to some of the bands all the way through their set(s). So next year, on Nat's suggestion, in need to find an intern. That gives me 12 months, as I so want to see more of the 10th anniversary event.

See you all then?

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Post by Mattisalarmed » Wed Jul 29, 2015 21:35

Another awesome year at indietracks, highlights this year have to be Desperate Journalist, Martha, Tigercats (even better than 2 years ago somehow) and the Go! Team - oh, and Colleen Green for being super cool. Two very hardcore nights led to Sundays disco being a little quieter for our group this year, but Friday and Saturday were great (first time in the campsite bar - 80p cider? How is that possible!)

Also glad that we got through this year without initiating any more of the 'jumping the bags' game that hospitalised one of us last year. Met loads of nice people, for anyone who remembers I think I may be the only local person.

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Post by kieran kawaii » Thu Jul 30, 2015 00:40

thank you once again for putting on this lovely festival and apologies to anyone i met over the weekend.

my favourite sets were grubs, evans the death, oh peas! and bunnygrunt probably. martha as well of course. tbh most of the music i saw was great.

overall highlight was accidentally djing the upstairs bar in the campsite to about 7 people on saturday night. like tears of joy just from playing katie dey and carly rae jepsen to this tiny group of people

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Post by islandhopper » Thu Jul 30, 2015 18:46

Cloudy Cat wrote: Coming second in the quiz. We couldn't have done it without three new friends, a lovely Scottish couple and their mate Kevin. Cheers team The Pain of Being Poor at Facts.
When I first started reading this I was going to say this couldn't be possible because my quiz team came second - then I realised what had happened!
Hello! Sorry, for getting Little Mix wrong, and thanks for the lift on Saturday!
Cloudy Cat wrote: Oh and did I mention how fucking great Martha were?
This too! I think they were my definite highlight this year. They just seem right at home on a huge stage and keep getting better and better. Watching how much everyone around me was enjoying it was part of the fun too and you can tell how much they mean to some people. Just the best.

I took this near the start


Other highlights were Chorusgirl, Mammoth Penguins, The Tuts, Lost Pets and Two White Cranes in the merch tent.

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Post by cashcityrocker » Thu Jul 30, 2015 22:07

I've put some thoughts on Buzzin' Music website.

http://www.buzzinmusic.co.uk/indietrack ... eview/6402
http://www.buzzinmusic.co.uk/indietrack ... eview/6410
http://www.buzzinmusic.co.uk/indietrack ... eview/6437

Thanks to everyone for making it another great event! Can we have four days next year, please?
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Post by underwater_fraulein » Fri Jul 31, 2015 21:11

As promised, frightfully embarrassed horse.

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Post by Dan Pop-o-matic » Sat Aug 01, 2015 00:10

underwater_fraulein wrote:As promised, frightfully embarrassed horse.

(I don't know how to make it big, it won't link from my Facebook...sorry!)
Scally horse, wearing a cagoule. Looks like he should be singing Colombia by Oasis. Neigh.

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Post by Indie kid joe » Sun Aug 02, 2015 01:01

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Amazing weekend as ever with so many highlights. Martha, mammoth penguins and colour me Wednesday were particularly good for me, but the whole weekend from start to finish was so lovely. Thank you - did I mention that? See you next year.

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Post by Indie kid joe » Sun Aug 02, 2015 01:04

PS another by the by highlight was bumping into Blyth Power wandering around. Why haven't they played ever? Made for this festival surely?
PPS Thank you!

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Post by linus » Sun Aug 02, 2015 08:27

Indie kid joe wrote:PS another by the by highlight was bumping into Blyth Power wandering around. Why haven't they played ever? Made for this festival surely?
PPS Thank you!
Srsly? Were they there for the trains or the bands?

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Post by TillyMak » Sun Aug 02, 2015 21:38

I can't believe this was a week ago now! This year was the first time I've managed to actually go after years of family and work commitments getting in the way. It was easily the loveliest, most enjoyable festival I've ever been to and thank you so much to everyone who's involved in organising and running it!

Musical Highlights:
The Tuts
Eureka California
Pains of being pure at heart
Martha
Frida and Ale
Feature

Non-musical Highlights:
One of the parrots imitating the can crusher engine's whistle
Saturday night campsite disco(s) and all of the wonderful people I met there
The train bar and the lovely old couple running it. The staff and volunteers in general. I've never been anywhere before where everyone has been so friendly and helpful
Seeing my friends from all over the country all in one place and having so, so much fun


Lowlights:
Like everyone else has said, the rain
Accidentally having a nap on Saturday evening and missing Tigercats as a result
Deciding to call it a day and go home on Sunday night (massively regret this)
The worst cheese burger I've ever had
Being an idiot and losing my sunglasses on Saturday night (Although I think I know where I left them and if he has them could I have them back please?)

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Post by crystalball » Mon Aug 03, 2015 14:15

<3 Thanks everyone for coming. You're the greatest.

I've still not quite come back to earth from this:


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Post by sparkle_debacle » Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:04

a fog of ideas wrote:
Indie kid joe wrote:PS another by the by highlight was bumping into Blyth Power wandering around. Why haven't they played ever? Made for this festival surely?
PPS Thank you!
Srsly? Were they there for the trains or the bands?
both!

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Post by Indie kid joe » Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:56

sparkle_debacle wrote:
a fog of ideas wrote:
Srsly? Were they there for the trains or the bands?
both!
Annie is just about the biggest Sarah fan I ever did meet. Never get her started about Amelia ;)

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Post by stonedaft4ever » Sat Aug 08, 2015 18:54

Me & the wife had a great time, 4th or 5th year we have been now.

I always come away with a new fave band, last years it was Flowers, this year Desperate Journalist.

Observations:
We thought there were larger gaps between artists on the Saturday?
I wondered why not have an all day disco in another Marquee with a little bar?
We reason that if somebody took over the cafe thats on outside and served English Brekfasts ALL day (or hot food) then they would make a killing?

other than that - see you next year!

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