Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Indietracks apogee

I think this has been waiting for at least two years to happen, whatever you think about the band...


The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart will headline this year’s Indietracks Festival.

The festival, which takes place on 23-25 July 2010, is held in the grounds of a picturesque 1950s steam railway in Derbyshire Weekend tickets are now available at an early bird discount price of £55, and day tickets are available for £30. This price is available until Friday 7 May. After this date, weekend tickets will be £60 and day tickets £32.50.

Since forming in early 2007, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart have become one of the most talked about pop bands in years. The New York band’s eponymous 2009 album is an instant classic, packed with brilliantly-executed pop gems that blend the rush of youthful enthusiasm with crafty arrangements, well-honed tunes and buckets of guitar noise.

A host of publications listed their album as one of the best of last year, including NME, Pitchfork and Rough Trade.
Also appearing at the festival, which is held at the Midland Railway in Ripley, Derbyshire, will be John Peel favourites Ballboy, UK chart-toppers White Town, and this year’s two new indiepop sensations Standard Fare and Allo Darlin’.

Over 50 indiepop bands from across the globe will be playing 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 craft workshops and a selection of discos after the bands finish. Festival goers can have unlimited rides on the steam railway over the weekend, as well as full access to other railway attractions including a farm and museum.

Previous headliners at Indietracks have included Teenage Fanclub, Camera Obscura, Los Campesinos, The Wedding Present, Au Revoir Simone and Art Brut. In 2009, La Casa Azul won a UK Festival Award for their Saturday night headline slot, seeing off competition from The Specials, Pet Shop Boys, ZZ Top and The Prodigy!

Tickets are available by by visiting www.instantticketseller.com/midlandrailwaycentre

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