For the 11th year the Midland Railway – Butterley will be host to the Indietracks Festival from 28th to 30th July.It’s a celebration of independent, creative and DIY pop music, with bands playing across the heritage railway site, including on our main outdoor stage, in a locomotive shed, in a tin tabernacle and on the steam trains themselves.
Each year around 50 new and established DIY / indie pop artists perform across a range of stages at the festival. Visitors are free to enjoy steam train rides, railway attractions and museums, discos, art and craft workshops, great food and a selection of real ales.
Every year we release a download compilation album featuring bands playing at the festival. All proceeds go to the Midland Railway Trust charity.
On Friday 28 July the festival will be open from 5pm onwards, with sets from Martha, Chorusgirl and Kid Canaveral , plus a disco with Sweet Revenge DJs.
On Saturday 29 July there will be 25 artists from midday onwards, including The Wedding Present, Frankie Cosmos, Joanna Gruesome, Lucky Soul, Shopping, The Hayman Kupa Band, Peaness, TeenCanteen, The Hearing, How Does It Feel To Be Loved? DJs and lots more.
On Sunday 30 July, The festival opens at midday again with 25 artists including Cate Le Bon, The Wave Pictures, The Tuts, Skinny Girl Diet, Monkey Swallows The Universe, The Just Joans, The Orchids, Mammoth Penguins and Friends, Evripidis and his Tragedies, Offbeat DJs and lots more.
There are also train rides, workshops, discos, fine foods, real ale, owls and all the usual Midland Railway – Butterley museums and attractions. Plus we’ll have a new kids’ area in the Swanwick Junction building, with storytelling, kids’ discos and more. Alan Calladine , the Midland Railway Trust Development Officer said “ We are delighted to host this great festival again. The atmosphere and friendliness of the whole event makes it a pleasure to be involved with. The bands taking part this year will ensure that everyone has a great time.”