LOS CAMPESINOS!, WHYTE HORSES AND PIP BLOM TO HEADLINE INDIETRACKS 2020

Los Campesinos!, Whyte Horses, Pip Blom, Rozi Plain, Shopping and Josie Long are among 42 artists confirmed today for this year’s Indietracks festival.

The festival takes place on the weekend of 24-26 July 2020 at a picturesque 1950s steam railway in Derbyshire. It’s a celebration of independent, creative and DIY pop music, with artists performing across the heritage steam railway site, including its main outdoor stage, in a locomotive shed, a tin tabernacle and on the steam trains themselves. Early bird tickets are now available until Sunday 10 May.

The above artists are joined by Nervus, The Just Joans, Tigercats, Ex-Vöid, Erica Freas, The School, Otis Mensah, Martha Ffion, Fortitude Valley, Breakup Haircut and Melby.

Plus, the following artists are also joining the bill: Megaflora, Nadia Javed, Chemtrails, adults, All Girls Arson Club, Soot Sprint, SUDS, Alice Hubble, th’sheridans, Gutts, Instant Bin, Emma Kupa, Jonathan Kinsman, Pet Crow, Hailey Beavis, Oh Peas!, Shypig, Pete Green, Captain Handsome, Pink Pound, Throw Like A Girl!, How Does It Feel To Be Loved? (DJs), Fortuna Pop! (DJs), Atta Girl (DJs) and Bum Notes Karaoke with Ruby Waters.

Several more artists and DJs will be added to the bill shortly.

  • LOS CAMPESINOS! make dizzying, dense, word-drunk and anthemic sing-alongs about people in low, lonely moments, existing several kilometres from the zeitgeist. They write love songs; ones that take place in the logical blind spots where people find out what truly matters and how far they’re willing to go to make these things real. They write about smart people doing terribly irrational things – using a depressant like alcohol to beat depression, burning the skin off your hands before seeing a palmist, “taking props from ‘90s boy band fashions”, investing your emotional well-being in a far-flung football team. The group formed in Cardiff in 2006 and have released six highly acclaimed full-length albums, starting with ‘Hold On Now, Youngster…’ in 2008, and most recently ‘Sick Scenes’ in 2017. This year they celebrated the 10 year anniversary of their third album, ‘Romance Is Boring’, including repressing the sold-out album on vinyl and playing a double header of special shows in London to mark the occasion.

 

  • WHYTE HORSES: Whyte Horses are a glorious mystery. The band – if, indeed, they are a band – released their debut album ‘Pop Or Not’ in 2016, achieving rapturous critical acclaim, including the ‘Album of the Year’ award from Piccadilly Records and endless support from BBC 6 Music. Sophomore album ‘Empty Words’ (2018) is a record of innovative eclecticism, which takes you on a sonic journey through soul, 60s pop and Nouvelle Vague-esque ballads through to fuzzed-up psychedelic rock. Latest release ‘Hard Times’ (2020) is the group’s most ambitious collaborative project to date. Described by Whyte Horses creator and curator Dom Thomas as a “fantasy mixtape”, the project sees this shape-shifting musical dream-pop collective re-imagining songs from an eclectic mix of musical backgrounds, with collaborators including La Roux, John Grant, Chrysta Bell (Twin Peaks), Badly Drawn Boy plus many more. Live, Whyte Horses encapsulate everything from Andy Warhol to Brazil’s tropicalia movement. Matching a sweet sense of innocence to lingering darkness, Whyte Horses are a uniquely intriguing experience.
  • PIP BLOM: Amsterdam-based Pip Blom started writing, recording and releasing her own indie-pop tunes with a twist in 2016. Early songs, which were simply uploaded to the internet, quickly amassed thousands and thousands of plays – prompting Pip to recruit a band and start playing them live. In stepped brother Tender Blom on backing vocals and guitar, Darek Mercks on bass and Gini Cameron on drums, with Pip herself fronting on guitar on vocals. Since, the band have played hundreds of gigs, rising from small pubs to the European festival circuit, as well as being asked by the likes of Franz Ferdinand and The Breeders to join them on tour. The band’s energetic live show quickly pricked the ears of international press and radio including BBC Radio 1, NME, DIY and Brooklyn Vegan. BBC 6 Music even A-listed five of Pip’s singles in a row, and Rolling Stone described the debut album ‘Boat’ (2019) as “an instant classic”.

 

  • Biographies for all our artists are available on the Indietracks website: indietracks.co.uk

 

Early bird tickets

Tickets are now available at an early bird discount price of £75 (weekend) and £40 (day), excluding booking fees. These cheaper prices are available until 9pm on Sunday 10 May. After this date, prices will be £81 (weekend) and £42 (day). Weekend tickets for children aged 5-17 are £16 for the weekend, or £11 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 by visiting: http://www.indietracks.co.uk/tickets/

Activities and workshops

As well as 50+ amazing artists, the festival will also host a range of art and craft workshops and a selection of discos after the bands finish. We will also have a soft play and craft area for younger children and a drop-in craft area for older children.