I’ve spoken before on the blog about how much I love trains, and specifically steam trains
I’m not sure where this fascination comes from, but I do know that last weekend, en route to IndieTracks, I was much more excited by the tracks element!
The annual indie-pop festival is held at the Midland Railway Centre in Derbyshire, and promises three days of upbeat music and vintage charm in a unique setting
I first went in 2011, and since then I’ve been desperate to go back – but every year something has happened to prevent a return visit – until last weekend!
As with my first experience of IndieTracks, Saturday was a scorcher – and it was for this reason (plus bad time keeping skills) that we decided to skip watching a band on a train
That didn’t stop us from jumping on a steam train at the first opportunity, and taking a ride up the line and back
I was in my element, sticking my head out of the window and waving at a not-quite-so-enthusiastic-old-man in another carriage – my friends just calmly watched while sipping their beer
Seeking some shade in the early afternoon sun, we headed into some of the exhibition sheds
I absolutely loved all the railway paraphernalia – it’s odd to think they were just functional signs at one point, but such desirable decorative objects now
And we were sure to stop by The National Fork Lift Truck Heritage Centre – I’m afraid I couldn’t quite get as excited by this machinery, but it’s great that some people do appreciate fork lifts so much they created a dedicated museum!
We returned to the main festival site and spent the rest of the day watching bands (on the main stage, in a huge shed, in a fake church, in a tent…) and chatting away (on the grass, on the fake beach, in a train-carriage-now-bar…)
As well as friends Andy and Lisa, it was fantastic to be able to spend time with Laura from make do and mend and her friend Caroline – I couldn’t believe how quickly the day flew by
What I love about IndieTracks is that you could know absolutely none of the bands and still have the most amazing day – it’s just such a lovely, friendly atmosphere, with so much to see and do
There was one act that I was really looking forward to though, and he definitely didn’t disappoint…
Gruff Rhys performed an excellent set, with songs from his latest concept album American Interior, which follows the story of explorer John Evans, who travelled across America in the 1790s searching for a fabled Welsh-speaking tribe – very funny, very talented
What an excellent day – I’ll be back next year (fingers crossed!)
Know of any other festivals with unique settings? I’d love to hear about them!
And make sure to check out Laura’s review of IndieTracks HERE