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Indietracks 2016 - Press Release 6 April 2016


Emma Pollock and Darren Hayman and the Secondary Modern are among 16 artists added to the line up for this year’s Indietracks festival. The festival takes place on the weekend of 29-31 July 2016 at a picturesque 1950s steam railway in Derbyshire.

The other bands added to the bill today are: Comet Gain, The Lovely Eggs, Boys Forever, Simon Love and The Old Romantics, Trust Fund, Iko Cherie, Wintergreen, Red Sleeping Beauty, Nervous Twitch, Humousexual, White Town, Jessica and The Fletchers, Witching Waves and Helen McCookerybook.  

Days for the headliners have also been confirmed today: The Spook School (Friday), Saint Etienne (Saturday) and The Aislers Set (Sunday).

This year is the tenth anniversary of the festival, which started in April 2007 as a one-night event.

Other bands already confirmed as playing the festival are: Shopping, Expert Alterations, Flowers, Seazoo, Po!, Chrissy Barnacle, ¡Ay Carmela!, City Yelps, Soda Fountain Rag, Charla Fantasma, Vacaciones, Songs for Walter, Two White Cranes, Falling & Laughing, Maggie8, Lorna, Pete Green, The Charlie Tipper Conspiracy and Prizefighter.

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 15 May. 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 5 get in free! 

Tickets are available by calling the railway directly on 01773 747 674 during office hours or visit our events webpage for Indietracks 2016 here.

Emma Pollock is the founder member of hugely popular Scottish indie rock band The Delgados. She released her first solo album, Watch the Fireworks, to critical acclaim in 2007 and since then has continued to build a successful career as a solo artist. She has been widely praised for her “ability to write convincing pop songs and straight-up beautiful tracks” (BBC), and for having “a lovely sense of melody, and a beautiful voice” (The Guardian). Emma released her third album, In Search of Harperfield, in January this year and we can’t wait to welcome her to Indietracks!

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Darren Hayman is the former singer-songwriter of the phenomenally successful and much-loved Hefner. A hugely prolific artist, he has released 14 solo albums since 2006 and will be performing at Indietracks with his band The Secondary Modern. His solo records have covered a variety of topics, ranging from Essex life laments for lost lidos, to re-imagined 19th century political chants and, most recently, thankful villages – villages in England and Wales where every solider returned from World War One. The Guardian have described Hayman’s profoundly English songwriting as “the match of Ray Davies”, whilst Drowned in Sound consider him a “nationalised treasure.”   

Around 50 indiepop bands from across the globe will be playing across four stages at Indietracks: the outdoor stage; the indoor stage, the church and on the steam trains themselves. The festival will also host a range of art and craft workshops and a selection of discos after the bands finish.

This is the tenth annual Indietracks festival, which takes place at the Midland Railway in Ripley, in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside. 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, The Go! Team, Camera Obscura, Gruff Rhys, Edwyn Collins, The Hidden Cameras, The Wedding Present, Los Campesinos!, Summer Camp, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and The Vaselines. 

For further information - get in touch with the Midland Railway – Butterley here. Or visit our events webpage for Indietracks 2016 here.

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Visiting Loco to haul Vintage Train!
(Press Release 25 April 2016)

Over the bank holiday weekend of the 30 April to 2 May 2016 the Midland Railway–Butterley is to have a very special visiting locomotive hauling its vintage passenger train.

This will be a very special visitor, Metropolitan Railway 0–4–4 Tank engine number 1. It was built in 1898 at their Neasden Works for use on the Baker Street to Verney Junction line. It became London Transport number L44 in 1933 and was preserved in 1964. This locomotive recently took part in the 150th anniversary of the Metropolitan Railway and it was specially restored to run on London Underground for the event.

This type of locomotive would not have been seen in the Midlands as they did not venture far from their London home. This is the first time that this locomotive has visited the Midland Railway–Butterley.

The Vintage Train is a remarkable collection of coaches that includes a Midland Railway four wheeled coach dating back to 1865, a six wheeled Midland Railway coach from 1884, a six wheeled Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway coach dating from 1896, a British Railways horse box from 1949 with the grooms compartment for passengers and the Midland Railway Royal Saloon dating from 1912. The last was built for King George V, perhaps someday a future King George may travel in this vehicle?

Visitors in Victorian costume will be able to travel at half price and several of the Midland Railway Trust volunteers will be on the trains in costume to explain the history of these vehicles and the plans to add more coaches to the train later this year.

The narrow gauge Golden Valley Light Railway will also be running all weekend with its own historic and recently restored coach from the Ashover Light Railway.

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The Railway Museum, Country Park, West Shed Experience, Victorian Railwayman’ Church, Model and Miniature Railways, Shops and Buffets will all be open too.

Alan Calladine said “This is a great chance for visitors to travel in our historic coaches and experience train travel as it was in the 19th century behind the visiting steam  locomotive from the Metropolitan Railway. They can also travel in a coach from the Ashover Light Railway, dating from the 1920s. The Midland Railway–Butterley is one of very few places that can offer this real piece of living history.”

For further information - get in touch with the Midland Railway – Butterley here.

Sponsored Cycle Ride

Every year the Midland Railway plays host to the Indietracks Festival and this year two regular festival goers (Ian Holgate) and (Brian Bryden) are undertaking a ‘mammoth cycling challenge’ to help raise money for the Midland Railway  - Butterley. Read more here.

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