International indiepop favourites Jeffrey Lewis and The Hidden Cameras will be among the headliners of this year’s Indietracks Festival, held on July 29-31 in the grounds of a picturesque 1950s steam railway in Derbyshire.
Weekend tickets are now available at an early bird discount price of £60, and day tickets are available for £32.50. This price is available until Friday May 6. After this date, weekend tickets will be £65 and day tickets £35. Tickets for children aged 5-14 are £6 for a day ticket and £10 for the weekend. Under-5s get in free.
Since his official debut album was released by Rough Trade in 2001, New Yorker Jeffrey Lewis has become one of the front-runners of the anti-folk movement, performing across the world with a diverse range of artists including Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Devendra Banhart, Thurston Moore and Beth Orton. He has been described as “the best lyricist working in the US today” by Jarvis Cocker, and as “the Big Apple’s best-kept secret” by the NME. He is also an accomplished comic book artist, with his own comic book series “Fuff”, and has lectured across the world on Alan Moore’s cult graphic novel The Watchmen.
The Hidden Cameras, hailing from Toronto, have released seven albums, including three albums and an EP on Rough Trade, and are the brainchild of singer/songwriter/guitarist Joel Gibb. Their live performances are often elaborate, high-energy shows, featuring go-go dancers in balaclavas and choirs, and their most recent album, Origin:Orphan, saw them described by the BBC as “a serious and sophisticated musical force to be reckoned with” and “a mind-blowingly good gigging proposition”.
The festival has also announced seven further artists from across the globe: Math and Physics Club (US), The Wendy Darlings (France), The Sweet Nothings (UK), Next Time Passions (Greece), Very Truly Yours (US), The Garlands (Sweden) and Zipper (Spain). Further headliners and day bands will be announced shortly.
Over 40 indiepop bands will be playing at the festival across four stages: 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 fifth 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 allowed to have unlimited rides on the steam railway over the weekend and full access to other railway attractions including a farm and museum.
Previous headliners at Indietracks have included The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Teenage Fanclub, Camera Obscura, Los Campesinos, The Wedding Present, Au Revoir Simone and Art Brut.Early bird tickets are available until Friday May 6 by calling the Midland Railway direct on 01773 747 674 or by visiting www.instantticketseller.com/
So now you know what to do, don't you? Oh, and excuse me whilst I mess myself about being able to see Next Time Passions.