Indietracks 2014

Indietracks 2014 8tracksSo Indietracks has come and gone for another year, and the 2014 edition was certainly my favourite of those I’ve been to. It was my first for a couple of years, the weather was fantastic and the line-up was impressive – it was particularly good to have three such strong, but very different, headline acts.

This post is a one-stop-shop for photos, videos and music from the weekend, or at least the bits of it I saw. Most is embedded below, but here are the links to go direct:

I’m not writing a big long review, but there’s bits and pieces in the captions on Flickr (go to fullscreen and click ‘show info’), and I’ll jot down a few favourite memories at the end…

Stand-out moments for me were:
  • The Spook School running onstage in capes, and generally being around and active all weekend, including having a hand in organising the football at the campsite (not that I played, but it was nice to see something like that happening); also check out Nye’s performance of Something on the main stage (it’s in the video playlist above) – you could hear a pin drop.
  • Gruff Rhys interrupting his set to announce there was a search on for a missing child… who immediately turned out to be down the front, watching the show.
  • The last post being played on the bugle after the bar closed and the indie disco finished in the shed on Sunday night.
  • Allo Darlin’ and their Just Joans / Emma Kupa guest slots, and their segue into Call Me Al in their last song, and generally all of their set come to think of it.
  • The announcement after the Hidden Cameras that we’d won the quiz! It was a very generous goodie bag of prizes (CDs, vinyl and some other odds and ends… including a stylophone and a unique song by the Thyme Machine written specifically for the winners), and it was a surprise to beat a team containing uber-quizzer Rachael Neiman.
At the indie disco
It’s a semi-serious gripe that every Indietracks disco ends up playing Babies by Pulp (which I don’t mind at all, to be honest), so we decided to keep track of how many times we heard it. This turned out to be… none! Instead, the ubiquitous indie disco numbers seemed to be:
  • The Spook School – I’ll Be Honest (4)
  • Pulp – Do You Remember the First Time? (3)
  • Le Tigre – Deceptacon (3)
  • Kenickie – Come Out 2Nite (3)

It was also good to hear quite a bit of Hefner (Hymn for the Cigarettes twice, plus a few others) and some other Kenickie tracks (Punka and I Would Fix You). Props in particular to Sean Fortuna Pop who DJed at the campsite on Saturday and basically showed everyone else how to do it, and Katie from the Just Joans and her pals, who did a great job of following him on the Sunday.

Inevitably, there were clashes in the schedule, so I was sorry to miss Cosines, the Thyme Machine, Mega Emotion, Sweet Baboo and all sorts of good stuff in the merch tent.For me, Indietracks runs from the build-up (say from when the schedule is published) to the job of sorting out photos and so on afterwards. Looking up the bands I’ve not heard and figuring out who to see is all part of it for me. But as soon as I hit ‘publish’ on this it’s over for another year. Good work team, and bring on 2015!

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