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The inside track on Indietracks
By Oliver Claxton
BBC Blast Introducing reporter

More than 1,500 indie fans turned up for Indietracks last year
More than 1,500 indie fans turned up for Indietracks last year

Derbyshire's Midland Railway plays host to one of the country's most unusual and interesting festivals in Swanwick this weekend.

Headliners include New York's Pains of Being Pure at Heart, reformed 80's favourites Pooh Sticks and the Primitives and Eddie Argos' Art Brut side-project Everybody is in the French Revolution Now!

It is the historic setting of the festival which sets it apart from the large amount of festivals across the UK this summer.

Bands don't only take to the conventional stages but at Indietracks the old fashioned trains and a church provide a rather distinctive venue.

Camera Obscura at last year's festival
Camera Obscura at last year's festival

In fact the church won't just be a stage for music this weekend. Gary Morgan, a member of performing band Ballboy and an Indie Tracks veteran, loved the festival so much that he's seen fit to tie the knot in the festival's church this weekend.

So if you've got time in between the bands pop along and wish him well.

Weddings aren't the only distraction from the bands over the weekend - the Midland Railway setting means the three days are not solely about the music.

The festival boasts a number of arts and crafts workshops for both kids and adults to explore, as well as the freedom to roam the railway services, all of course set to the beautiful backdrop of Derbyshire countryside.

Indietracks
A small team are responsible for organising and promoting the festival

The event is a fundraiser which raises money for the Midland Railway Trust, maintaining the historic Midland Railway service.

The service boasts a visitor centre at Butterley and a passenger service which operates between a number of the antique stations across Derbyshire and more of the Midlands.

This year's event is the 4th ever Indie Track Summer Festival and it promises to be the most successful, although it faces stiff competition. Last year's weekend saw bands like Camera Obscura, Au Revoir Simone and Emmy the Great wow a 1,500-strong crowd.

The organisers hope for similar numbers this year, and with the BBC weather forecast predicting no rain, it looks set to be an amazing weekend. Tickets are still available so it's not too late to enjoy this most unique and exciting festival.




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