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That was the Indietracks 2018 that was

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2018 22:40
by sweepingthenation
Well, that was soaking fun as usual. Who wants to properly start?

Re: That was the Indietracks 2018 that was

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:25
by Dan Pop-o-matic
Hard to choose a highlight for me, but it was either Sacred Paws or Sink Ya Teeth. The former were just life affirmingly exuberant and I'm not really lying when I say i'm probably only still about because I've listened to the latter's album in the depths of my depression and it's always picked me up. Therefore seeing them play a blinder at my favourite festival was an incredible and deeply moving experience for me. Just wished they'd been on a different stage so we could have danced to them.

Also good:

Mighty Kids and their Bananarama cover
Happy Accidents being totally overjoyed to be onstage
The five minutes of The Smittens I saw before being chased indoors by that hurricane that turned up
Night Flowers
Just Blankets
Life Model smiling through their technical difficulties
Wolf Girl
Anna Burch
Pete and Danielle in the merch tent
Sat outside in the sun listening to Gwenno
Even As We Speak

Passionate Necking, especially when they played Rihanna and Carly Rae Jepsen
Time Machine Disco
All of the campsite discos

Owls
Halloumi overload
Darren Hayman's dog
My mate Tim turning up at exactly the right time on Sunday
Getting battered on 11% IPA at the campsite on Friday

Bad things

The rain
Only eating halloumi all weekend
Not being able to see all the bands I wanted
Pulling out of DJ-ing at the campsite on Sunday
Getting battered on 11% IPA at the campsite on Friday
Mental health/personal issues making me want to go home for a bit on Saturday.

Re: That was the Indietracks 2018 that was

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:35
by tompony
I'm used to a bit of rain at Indietracks but it felt particularly cruel coming in the middle of a bastard heatwave. Luckily, literally everything else was good.

Highlights:
Dream Wife and their ridiculous amount of stage presence, energy and shout-outs to their grandmothers
Colour Me Wednesday's expanded line-up being an explosion of joy and stage-dancing
Onsind, who I have never seen in full-band format before, but they are a cathartic wonder in any configuration. Loved the Aztec Camera cover, too!

Also really enjoyed Happy Accidents, Sacred Paws, Mighty Kids, Sugar Rush, Tigercats and Anna Burch.

The food options were particularly good this year too, that Sri Lankan food van was brilliant and I had a lovely falafel wrap and burrito too. My only regret is not having any halloumi.

Lots of clashes for me this year but that just speaks to the quality of the line-up. Gutted to have missed Marble Season, Radisson Blu, Haiku Salut and Happy Spendy.

Re: That was the Indietracks 2018 that was

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:55
by Trev
First up: Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers - it wouldn't be the same without all the work you do.

Highs:

All Ashore
Sink Ya Teeth
The Smittens (shame about the rain)
Boy Racer (shame about the rain)
Wolf Girl (shame about the rain)
DJing as part of Asking For A Friend
Seeing loads of people I haven't seen in ages.

Lows:
Rain
Missing Onsind, Tigercats, Sacred Paws, Baby Seals and a whole heap more (due to general weariness and working the merch tent)

Other Stuff:
The food was decent, as was the beer, but I do think the beer scene has moved on in the past 11 years and the tasty crafty beers I like these days were under-represented.

Re: That was the Indietracks 2018 that was

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 14:14
by lloydybwoy
Mmm. That happened, then, didn't it?

That was the first Indietracks where I didn't really feel into it. Probably too many reasons to go into particularly on here, but amongst which the weather on Saturday totally kicked the shit out of me and Faith to the point where we almost packed up and went home. It’s strange because it’s by no means the worst weather we’ve had there over the years, but as it was the only day of rain we’ve had in two and a half months there was something almost demonically cruel about it and psychologically it floored us. From that point on we really struggled – it’s the first time I’ve not seen any of the headlining bands (we’d already cut our losses and retreated to the tent on Saturday when it changed for the better before BSP, I can’t stand The Lovely Eggs and we left before Honeyblood) or gone to the campsite disco and while I could tell that people were having a brilliant time (and objectively everything was as ace as usual) I felt slightly out of phase with it all. Maybe there was just something in the scheduling and mix of bands that I didn’t gel with this year, maybe I’m not moving on and evolving at the same pace as the festival, who knows. I’m not a huge fan of ranty punky stuff and there seemed to be quite a lot this year (having just looked at the lineup again I think it’s more the case that I was just picking up on it because I wasn’t in a good mood). We were home by 10pm on Sunday.

I did still hear some excellent music though:

Gwenno – what a fucking superstar she is. Brilliant set, excellent vibes and intellectually expanding. Eus Keus?
Haiku Salut – we’re so lucky that they do what they do. The point at which they played Bright And Beautiful (All Things), with the sun finally peeking out, and someone blowing bubbles out into the crowd got me a bit teary. The first point I felt properly OK all weekend.
Night Flowers – noisy dreamy loveliness
Tugboat Captain – slick and cheesy but a lot of fun. More bassoon in pop please.
Life Model – defied their technical issues (check yr cables and pedals before you play sir!) to charm the early Sunday crowd. Looking forward to hearing them in more fortuitous circumstances.
Linda Guilala – no idea what they’re singing about (c.f. Gwenno) but brilliant tunes.
Pete in the tent on Sunday was lovely.

The food was v good this year. That Sri Lankan curry was exceptional. Good owl game also. The platform announcements were quite handy and often witty. Karaoke was fun although there was one song early on that people were going utterly apeshit for that I’d never heard before and helped to remind me that I’m getting old… :)

Tl;dr – maybe I’ll give 2019 a miss to re-stoke the fire.

Re: That was the Indietracks 2018 that was

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 15:28
by humblebee
Hello!

Ups:
Seeing all the lovely people, including several Anoraks of the Anorak parish
Colour Me Wednesday, Anna Burch, Life Model, The Smittens, Haiku Salut - big yay!
Even As We Speak, who were at least as good as when I saw them at Hull Adelphi in about 1991 and thus become this year's winner of the "veteran band who we knew were excellent but turned out a better set than we had any right to expect" award
All Ashore! (albeit through the window), who I am now thinking of as sort of the Last Indiepop Band
Little bit of sun!
This year's tote bags were especially pretty, I feel
The very thorough medical attention I received after shredding my finger on the guitar during the merch tent set
Best year yet for food - the BBQ jackfruit thingy (and triple-cooked chips) was AMAZING
Improvements to the site - quality tarmac job, much appreciated by all, thanks to the European Union for that
Higher than average turnout of very cute kids
That duo in the merch tent, Fresh, they were good
Becoming a sort of de facto signal box attendant, which was very droll
The sexist "excuses for when the nagging wife phones the pub" thing behind the bar being taken down after the first night
All the volunteers and everyone being lovely as usual - thankyou once again! <3 <3 <3

Thanks for the kind words about the set me and Danielle did in the merch tent, lovely audience, thanks Jerv for having us on, love to you all, sorry to everyone for forgetting some of the words (I genuinely hadn't picked up a guitar in five weeks)

Downs:
Not seeing the lovely people who weren't there
Seeing lairy lads who were there
Couple of bands I didn't like, but hey
Band I was put off watching by their rubbish blurb (in general I would like bands to start thinking a bit more carefully about their blurb and who it is actually speaking to)
Agree with Trev about the beer - I'm just not enjoying it now - could we have a great big massive fridge full of craft bottles and cans please, or would the CAMRA lot kick off?
The sexist "excuses for when the nagging wife phones the pub" thing appearing in the first place (hello, the 1970s called, they want their humour back, etc etc and so on)
Little bit of rain

Re: That was the Indietracks 2018 that was

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 16:52
by Dan Pop-o-matic
There's that exact "nagging wife phoning up" poster in Walkley Beer Co. Think it only arrived when Lucie did weirdly enough...

Re: That was the Indietracks 2018 that was

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 17:07
by humblebee
Dan Pop-o-matic wrote:
Tue Jul 31, 2018 16:52
There's that exact "nagging wife phoning up" poster in Walkley Beer Co. Think it only arrived when Lucie did weirdly enough...
OK, that's odd. Wonder why I've never spotted it in there. Perhaps it seemed very out-of-place at Indietracks as well as out-of-time.

Re: That was the Indietracks 2018 that was

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 18:14
by Dan Pop-o-matic
It's always seemed out of place in WBC to me tbh. Lucie and Kit are fairly left wing and "woke", but it doesn't seem like Nick's sense of humour either. I might have a word next time I'm in there, what with me being their best customer and all.

All of the whacky posters behind the bar annoyed me a bit, but the nagging wife one was the only actually offensive one I guess.

And as you and Trev has said I think the beer game needs to step up. I know we're spoiled for nice booze right now and everything I had was drinkable, but it was all a bit bland. Would've struggled if it had remained hot all weekend.

Looks like they tried to address it by having cans of Punk IPA and some other stuff, plus bottles of Goose Island. Think the problem is (as Trev said to me at the festival) the big fridges you need to keep a lot of cans cold cost around £1000, while renting them is probably also expensive. As it's a charity it probably makes no sense to get them, or else they'd need to charge £6 a can.

Was glad to have my Cannonballs, Clwb Tropicanas and Bloody 'Ells to go back to at my tent, that's for sure.

Can''t believe I'm complaining this much about Indietracks.

Re: That was the Indietracks 2018 that was

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 19:16
by PontiacB
I had a grand time again. Came totally unprepared for the cold snap and had to buy a hoodie off the Elephant stall to keep me warm on Saturday and bought some long trousers in Sainsbury on the Sunday morning. As a result of the pink sweatshirt I can spot myself in more photos than normal.

Bands I enjoyed were:
Baby Seals - real highlight for me, frontwoman was tremendous.
BSP - probably seen them 30 times now and they blow hot and cold, but I thought the set was spot on and the extended bears seemed to be enjoyed by most
Dream Nails - I’d seen them before and enjoyed them but they’ve upped their game
Dream Wife - another band I’ve seen loads from small pub gigs in Brighton to now almost headlining small festivals. Ideal early evening entertainment
Fresh in the Merch tent - surely a winning audition to be on the main bill next year. I was surprised they didn’t make it this year as their album is excellent and were great live last year
Life Model - felt sorry for them having so many technical problems, but think they’ve got some good songs and would like to see them back sometime
Ghum - Ex void cancelling meant I could see them and thought they were very good

Things that I wasn’t as keen on (minor gripes)
Like others I found the beer a bit average and ended up drinking fruit cider by the evening. Could do with freshening up the offering.
The photographer/videoing in the church standing in the aisle for multiple songs during Baby Seals. Do it for a bit by all means, but not multiple whole songs, we want to watch the band!

A few BSP fans I know came along for th first time and loved the festival btw

Thanks to everyone involved in organising and volunteering.

Re: That was the Indietracks 2018 that was

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 20:15
by brunser
Great weekend, despite the weather. Didn't see a bad band at all.

Highlights include Happy Accidents, Dream Wife, ONSIND, Anna Burch, Fresh acoustic, Dream Nails.

Nice to see a mix of ages there. Very little litter. Drinks and merch all reasonably priced.

Could really do with the train timetable publicised in the week before though. I know a lot of trains run on demand, but it's useful to know when the first few are each day at the very least.

Fingers crossed for better weather in the future as it would make all the difference to the bands on the main stage. The festival has such a great vibe. Most get greedy and try to get bigger and make more profit each year (£6 a pint, £5 for a crappy lanyard with stage times on, charging £20 for parking - that kind of thing), but not Indietracks! Well done to the organisers!!!

Re: That was the Indietracks 2018 that was

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 23:15
by tonieee
Yay for indietracks!

Highs:
Loads of people turning out first thing to see us in the church
Seeing lots of lovely old friends and making lovely new friends
Mighty Kids (through the window)
Happy Accidents
Haiku Salut
Colour Me Wednesday
Watching The Smittens in the horriblest windy rain and then the sun coming out in time for What Do We Do Now?
Pete and Danielle in the merch tent (with proper rock 'n' roll injury!)
Even As We Spesk being totally fabber than I expected (and I expected a lot!)
Dancing at the fabulous discos - especially Kev and Linda's

Lows:
Not getting a slot in the karaoke - too many people and not enough time (even though I tried to get there early to put my name down)
The rain deciding to make its only appearance this summer - and deciding to make up for it all in one go
Missing Dream Nails by having to go back to the campsite to get something it turns out I didn't need after all
Lots of terrible clashes for me this year

Re: That was the Indietracks 2018 that was

Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 23:27
by tonieee
humblebee wrote:
Tue Jul 31, 2018 15:28
Seeing lairy lads who were there
I didn't notice them myself (I am quite unobservant/oblivious) but reading this has reminded me that someone shouted something really horrible at me as I walked by. It really upset me at first but then I decided that this kind of thing doesn't happen at indietracks and I must have been mistaken.

Re: That was the Indietracks 2018 that was

Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 08:48
by Dan Pop-o-matic
tonieee wrote:
Tue Jul 31, 2018 23:27
humblebee wrote:
Tue Jul 31, 2018 15:28
Seeing lairy lads who were there
I didn't notice them myself (I am quite unobservant/oblivious) but reading this has reminded me that someone shouted something really horrible at me as I walked by. It really upset me at first but then I decided that this kind of thing doesn't happen at indietracks and I must have been mistaken.
I'm sorry that happened Tonieee. You should have reported it to one of team Indietracks though. They've made it clear that sort of behaviour won't be tolerated at the festival...

Re: That was the Indietracks 2018 that was

Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 09:06
by tonieee
Dan Pop-o-matic wrote:
Wed Aug 01, 2018 08:48
I'm sorry that happened Tonieee. You should have reported it to one of team Indietracks though. They've made it clear that sort of behaviour won't be tolerated at the festival...
Thanks Dan. Yes that would have been the best approach but I didn't see the person who said it (I generally wander around in a world of my own) and I rushed off as quickly as I could when I heard it (which is my usual response to such situations) so wouldn't have been able to identify the person/group of people. It didn't impact on the rest of my festival because like I said I decided I must have been mistaken. I've only re-thought about it after reading Pete's comment. I expect these kinds of comments in real life but never thought it would happen at indietracks.

Re: That was the Indietracks 2018 that was

Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 09:24
by indiehorse
I'm probably going to attempt to write some words about Indietracks later but for now you'll have to make do with pictures...

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Re: That was the Indietracks 2018 that was

Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 09:42
by Nat
Hi everyone,

Thanks so much to everyone who came along to Indietracks this year! We had a fantastic time once again, and we really hope you did too :)

Thanks so much to all the amazing artists and DJs, workshop organisers, caterers, kids’ area entertainers and stall holders, and big thanks also to Matt and Xcite Audio Services for doing the stages and sound so brilliantly, and to Claire Goldthorp for doing all our artwork, bags and t-shirts.

And as always, a massive thanks to the Midland Railway staff and trustees and our volunteers who worked incredibly hard to make Indietracks happen this year.

Thanks so much everyone for sharing both your memories and feedback on this thread. We’ll certainly look into the beer suggestions, and see if there is anything we can do to widen the selection for next year. (Trev, we’ll probably be asking you for advice on this one!)

And Tonieeee - we’re all absolutely gutted to hear you had that experience. We have a really firm safety policy at Indietracks (https://www.indietracks.co.uk/about/saf ... dietracks/) and anyone spotted, or reported to us, as behaving in this way will be ejected from the festival. We’ll be highlighting our safety policy more prominently next year to make this even clearer.

Thanks everyone for continuing to support Indietracks. It really means so much to all the railway staff (and Team Indietracks!) and hopefully by continuing to have these open and honest conversations, we can continue to keep improving it every year.

Re: That was the Indietracks 2018 that was

Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 09:43
by humblebee
tonieee wrote:
Wed Aug 01, 2018 09:06
Dan Pop-o-matic wrote:
Wed Aug 01, 2018 08:48
I'm sorry that happened Tonieee. You should have reported it to one of team Indietracks though. They've made it clear that sort of behaviour won't be tolerated at the festival...
Thanks Dan. Yes that would have been the best approach but I didn't see the person who said it (I generally wander around in a world of my own) and I rushed off as quickly as I could when I heard it (which is my usual response to such situations) so wouldn't have been able to identify the person/group of people. It didn't impact on the rest of my festival because like I said I decided I must have been mistaken. I've only re-thought about it after reading Pete's comment. I expect these kinds of comments in real life but never thought it would happen at indietracks.
If you're ever in that position and need support and I'm there, let me know and I'll do whatever I can. I'm sure Dan and lots of other Anoraks would say the same.

Re: That was the Indietracks 2018 that was

Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 09:51
by humblebee
Nat wrote:
Wed Aug 01, 2018 09:42
Thanks everyone for continuing to support Indietracks. It really means so much to all the railway staff (and Team Indietracks!) and hopefully by continuing to have these open and honest conversations, we can continue to keep improving it every year.
Thanks Nat - I'm sure everyone appreciates the team's openness to suggestion and comment as much as we appreciate all your awesome work and dedication. Which is, you know, quite a lot of appreciation. <3

Re: That was the Indietracks 2018 that was

Posted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:06
by tompony
I finally got around to watching the Indietracks documentary on Saturday night when we got home a little early and it gave me a new appreciation for how much work the festival and railway staff / volunteers put in - thanks to everyone for another great festival!

(Also really pleased to be able to spot myself in the crowd, don't think I've ever been in a documentary before!)