The Wedding Present, Cate Le Bon, Martha, Joanna Gruesome, The Wave Pictures and The Tuts are among 38 artists to be confirmed for this year’s Indietracks festival.
The festival takes place on the weekend of July 28-30 at the Midland Railway, based at Butterley near Ripley.
It’s a celebration of independent, creative and DIY pop music, with bands playing across the heritage railway site, including its main outdoor stage, in a locomotive shed, a tin tabernacle and on the steam trains themselves.
The above artists are joined by Shopping, Monkey Swallows The Universe, TeenCanteen, The Orchids, The Hearing, Peaness, Personal Best, The Hayman Kupa Band, Grace Petrie and Kid Canaveral.
The following bands are also joining the bill: Charmpit, Chorusgirl, Cola Jet Set, Cowtown, Crumbs, Dan Webber, Daniel vs the World, David Leach, Evripidis and his Tragedies, Garden Centre, Lilith Ai, Maybe Don’t, Milky Wimpshake, MJ Hibbett and the Validators, Model Village, The Perfect English Weather, Pillow Queens, Rainbow Reservoir, Red Red Eyes, Schande, Suggested Friends, and th’sheridans.
Around a dozen more artists and DJs will be added to the bill shortly.
The Wedding Present was born in Leeds in 1985, with the release of the debut single Go Out And Get Em’ Boy, followed by the band’s first album, George Best, a couple of years later.
They were championed by BBC radio DJ John Peel and in 1992 equalled Elvis Presley’s 35-year-old record for most hits in one year. The band has released a string of acclaimed albums, ranging from lo-fi pop, three-part a capella harmonies and Waikiki-ready surf strains, to growling angst and traditional Eastern European folk music.
In 2016 The Wedding Present released their ninth studio album, Going, Going..., described by Louder Than War as “A remarkable album. A joy from start to finish.”
Cate Le Bon is an artist hailing from Carmarthenshire, rural West Wales and is currently a resident of Highland Park, Los Angeles. She has so far released four acclaimed albums, including most recently the incredible Crab Day in April 2016.
Tickets are now available at an early bird discount price of £72 (weekend) and £39 (day), excluding booking fees. These cheaper prices are available until 9pm on Sunday, May 14. After this date, prices will be £79 (weekend) and £41 (day). Weekend tickets for children aged 5-15 are £10, or £6 for a day ticket. Children under five get in free.
Tickets are available by calling the railway directly on 01773 747 674 during office hours or by visiting http://www.indietracks.co.uk/tickets/
Around 50 indiepop bands from across the globe will be playing across four stages at Indietracks, and the festival will also host a range of art and craft workshops and a selection of discos after the bands finish.
This is the 11th annual Indietracks festival,. The site houses a whole range of lovingly restored steam diesels and locomotives. Festival goers are able to have unlimited rides on the steam railway over the weekend and full access to other railway attractions and museums.
Previous headliners at Indietracks have included Teenage Fanclub, Saint Etienne, The Go! Team, Camera Obscura, Gruff Rhys, Edwyn Collins, Los Campesinos! and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.