Saint Etienne, The Aislers Set and The Spook School are among the first 22 artists confirmed for this year’s Indietracks.
We had a great time at last year’s festival and came away with a bucketload of interviews, CDs and great memories. You can see and hear our coverage here.
And there are some great bands this year. Saint Etienne are a much-loved British trio made up of Sarah Cracknell, Pete Wiggs and Bob Stanley. Their debut album Foxbase Alpha was released in 1991 and since then they have released eight albums, two of which reached the top ten of the UK album charts. Their most recent album Words and Music received numerous glowing reviews, with Pitchfork calling it their “best LP since 1994 masterpiece Tiger Bay” and the NME saying “this record is the soundtrack to your life.”
The Aislers Set are an American indiepop six-piece much loved by the late BBC Radio One DJ John Peel. Their three albums received wide critical acclaim and they have toured with a myriad of bands including Yo La Tengo, Sleater-Kinney and Belle and Sebastian. The band went on hiatus in 2003, reuniting briefly in 2012 and then again 2014 for a handful of shows in America to celebrate the reissue of their albums. They haven’t played the UK for four years and Indietracks will be their only UK show this year.
Joining them on the bill today 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. Dozens more artists will be added to the bill shortly!
Around 50 indiepop bands from across the globe will be playing across four stages at Indietracks. The festival will also host a range of art and craft workshops and a selection of discos after the bands finish.
This year is the tenth anniversary of the festival, which started as a one-night event in April 2007. Indietracks takes place on the weekend of 29-31 July at the Midland Railway Centre in Derbyshire.
We had a chat with one of the organisers, Nat Hudson, about this year’s event and you can hear it again here:
Tickets are now available at an early bird discount price of £72 (weekend) and £39 (day). These cheaper prices are available until 9pm on Sunday 15 May. After this date, prices will be £79 (weekend) and £41 (day). So adult weekend tickets are £7 cheaper if you buy them early!
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 direct on 01773 747 674 during office hours or by visiting: http://indietracks.gigantic.com.