Monday, 29 July 2013

Kinky Goes Pop!



Canal boats, VW meets and now music festivals. This weekend Kinky Melons Retro Boutique hit the road and set up shop at Indie Tracks, an annual celebration of all things Indie Pop.


Indietracks is an intimate, non-corporate music festival featuring acts from across the globe. Now in the 7th year & located at the Midland Railway Centre part of the proceeds help fund the museum's conservation.


 Possibly the only festival in the world where you can ride a steam train whilst being serenaded by live music.


There's even an old British Rail carriage converted into a real ale bar.


Located in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside with lots of perfectly preserved artefacts from the golden age of steam.






 Indie kids are a well behaved bunch. These vintage cases wouldn't stay put for long at your average music festival.




Doesn't that sky look ominous?


Here we are, up and ready for business in the merch* tent.

(*Hipster speak for merchandise, I'm down with the kids now.)


That orange psychedelic 1960s dress was sold within 10 minutes of opening.


Although we're old hands at festival-going being crew is a totally different experience. Ten hour shifts made it pretty much impossible to see any of the music (although we had a prime spot for the live acoustic sets in the marquee) but we did manage to catch Camera Obscura after some particularly vicious lightning forced us to abandon the marquee on Saturday night.


We were on site before the gates opened every day, a festival without revellers is a pretty weird experience.


Best veg pakoras ever!




A fellow crew member - one of the drug dogs


The Chapel Stage


Indietracks is such a quirky festival - there's even an opportunity to pet owls.




A tad dishevelled after a day's work.


So, how did it go? It fecking rocked! Kinky Melon now has the seal of approval from both festival goers & band members alike and Gilbert returned a whole lot lighter. We spent time with some fantastic people and met a few blog readers, too!

It's that shirt again! Jon's shorts started life as old man trousers from a jumble sale & he altered them.

Next time you catch an Indie Pop act in the States, Malaysia, Japan, Sweden, Germany, Spain or the UK there's a good chance they'll be wearing a piece of Kinky Melon vintage.

1960s go-go top (£6.50, Second To None, Walsall), vintage patchwork maxi (£6.19, eBay) and a load of junk, vintage and Indian jewellery
We're knackered, dazed and confused right now. We've just under two weeks before Kinky Melon hits the road again (catch us HERE) so there's a furious fortnight of hunting down stock to replace the heap we've sold but that starts tomorrow. Right now it's a delivery curry, rum and coke in a proper glass, a hot bath and an early night.

See you soon!

Linking to Patti's Visible Monday and Judith's Hat Attack


75 comments:

  1. Wow!! Looks and sounds really amazing !
    and of course you are looking fab !
    xxx

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  2. Seems I'm not the only one having far too much fun ;) Looks a good event in a fab location :)

    Btw I think Folk East needs Kinky Melon there - if not this summer then definately next :) xx

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  3. It looks as though you had oodles of fun and what better thing to accompany music than steam trains, I love them!
    xxxx

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  4. wow! I knew the indie kids would grab that dress when you showed it to me! Looks like such a nice festival - and strangely clean too, those indie kids are well behaved aren't they? I do love that shirt of Jon's, it's always a winner. You look fantabulosa - I can see you dancing in that go go top. Bit of a flamenco flavour to your hair - gorgeous. Owls and steam trains too? You're spoiling us!! xxxxx

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  5. Sounds like my kind of festival!!

    youy look fab as aleways and I'm sure all the Idie folk fell over themselves trying to nab all of the Kinky Melon goodies!!

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  6. Sounds like a successful weekend, Vix - and it looks as though you managed to avoid the worst of the weather, too - well done! x

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  7. Sounds like a successful weekend, Vix - and it looks as though you managed to avoid the worst of the weather, too - well done! x

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  8. Looks like a fab weekend Vix x

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  9. Sounds like fun! Strange to see "Candy Floss" instead of our Cotton Candy and "toffee apples" instead of caramel apples.... and we had a spaniel just like that growing up! Love your blog and reading about your adventures and seeing your wardrobe! Thanks for the ride!

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  10. Sounds like it was wonderful weekend all round.

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  11. What a fun and exhausting time! It must be interesting to talk to people from all over. My guess would be that you make new friends where ever you go!

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  12. I'm such a geek, I love steam trains, but especially obsessed with owls and birds of prey, did you get to hold any? It sounds like you had a great weekend, and that you're really going to appreciate that rum and coke in a glass lol. Xx

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  13. Looks fab!! Twiglet went to his first festival this weekend - albeit for 2 hours - he did go backstage though, not bad for an 8 year old ;)
    Twiggy x

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  14. OMG OMG I'm squealing like HELGA right now!!!! First off I love what you wore, perfect festival attire as usual that skirt with that top DELICIOUS!!!!! I would have said feck the music and hung with you all day and night! I knew you would do well yet again!!!!! What a killer venue steam train, vintage clothes yummy food and live music.....this is BLISS if you ask me!

    Cristi has already started eyeing festivals for us to check out next summer, you have started a fire in all of us. I'm so happy you did so well and had such fun I knew you would I just knew it! LOVE YOU HONEY!!!!XXXOOOXXXXOOO

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  15. Hey vix that's weird being the 1st at a festival with no revellers haha!!! If I was there I'd have massive fun, perhaps get on stage and av a go. I bet you can vision me now. Glad you had a good weekend my lovely xxx

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  16. AND OWLS????? WTF?????? Too much cool stuff!!!!

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  17. You 2 are just awesome. I won't be surprised when Kinky Melon will become a world-wide known brand... And you still look like you're having fun - which is the most important bit. xo

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  18. oh I love a train car converted to a bar! And owls too! you have a brilliant life, and you look gorgeous. thanks for linking up to Vis Monday. xoxoox

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  19. that's a festival I would love! with you, the music and owls, most wonderful - enjoy your well deserved relax x

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  20. How wonderful you and Jon get to combine your love of vintage AND music festivals! That's awesome! You both look fab and like you are having the time of your lives.

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  21. oh, man, that looks like fun!

    Happy to hear Gilbert is in need of re-filling, way to go.

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  22. oh seeing that stage with no one front and center would have been very hard for me to resist! what a fab weekend and i'm so glad your merch :) all sold. and btw, your evening sounds great too.

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  23. That's how you look when you're disheveled? Okay....Just fabulous pictures, Vix. This looks like soooo much fun. You're right. Indie kids are well-behaved ;)

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  24. Now that looks like it would be my kind of festival! The location and the quirky vibe and the good behaviour are all selling it to me - oh and great shopping at Kinky Melon too!
    So pleased to hear you sold a shed load, you will have to car boot and jumble and chazza shop like a demon now to fill the gaps. But it's such a brilliant way to make a living, I know you will enjoy every minute.
    Fabulous photos, I am wishing I could have a drink in that railway carriage, eat pakoras, pet the owls, pat the drug dog, and hang out with the best-dressed vintage sellers ever! You look amazing, not at all dishevelled, love that patchwork maxi and the fringed go-go top. And Jon is such a cool dude!
    Enjoy your curry and your rum, you've earned them! xxxxx

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  25. I remember reading your blog last year of this festival, and thought it looked great. I am craving a veggie pakora now so badly. Glad you had a great time.

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  26. Wow! It's true, you are spoiling us with the adventures of Kinky Melon ! This post combines a lot of things that I truly love, stean trains,music, vintage clothes, owls and obviously you! Your go go top is fabulous and add a completely new vibe to the colorful skirt, Jon did the same with his fab shirt and the antique trousers, I adore these kind of contrasts!
    Have a wonderful & POP evening!!
    Love xxxxxxxxxx

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  27. Looks like you had another crackin' festival sales-wise.... ever thought of taking Kinky Melon abroad on the festy circuit? Chance to top up your tan and flog your wares on the continent!

    Enjoy your well-earned break!

    www.mancunianvintage.com

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  28. It sounds great. I would've been wanting to hug the dogs all weekend.

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  29. Looks like a fabulous weekend and a successful one too!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  30. And another successful festival! You guys are making a killing out there, and it's bloody awesome to see!
    Indie Tracks seems like a festival up my alley; a little quirky and not as mental and over crowded as Glasto. You both look totally scrumptious!!! The old man shorts are gorgeous, and your go go top gives me the hot hot hots! Schwing!
    I don't doubt you'll be able to stock up nicely for the next one! Rock ON!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  31. Looks like the weekend was a success on all fronts: social, shopping and musical. It's great that Kinky Melon has taken off so well - you deserve it! I reckon that people are more than happy to buy from fellow vintage enthusiasts rather than someone who is in it only to make a fast buck. Keep up the rocking and rolling with The Melon! Xxx

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  32. Oh my. That brooding photo of Jon in his cowboy shirt has sent me all peculiar.
    Looks like a lot of fun and I'm glad that amazing skirt got an outing again. I do love it. xxx

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  33. That looks so much fun! Definitely my kind of thing. Although I've just caught up with your Glasto post, and that looked amazing too. I did watch The Stones on the BBC, and thought about you. They were absolutely brilliant, you must have been beside yourself seeing them live.

    You're obviously working hard, but what a great way to make a living. And you always look fabulous! Will try to catch up with you soon in person.

    Oh, and hasn't the weather been wonderful, I'm loving every minute!

    Annie xxx

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  34. oh i cant wait till festival season! I think the best shop i ever saw at a festival was one that was selling an assortment of hats - mainly costume type ones. The hipsters loved that one! And the recent 'splendor in the grass festival' over the weekend had a Top Shop Pop Up - very overdone in my mind to mix high street hipster and with Australia's hippy capital. Can you just pop down here to flog your wares? thanks!

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  35. Fabulous weekend all round by the looks of things! And you two manage to look so glam in every situation... never ceases to amaze me :-)
    Good luck with the restock!

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  36. Me encanta el top!!Las fotografías muy bonitas!!
    Besos
    http://judithbysucre.blogspot.com.es

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  37. Sounds brilliant, even if you we're working. And yeah, you look really dishevelled ... Not!! :). M x

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  38. Glad to hear Gilbert has slimmed down, poor fellow was so loaded down! I'm enjoying these vicarious festival goings so much - the range of different quirky festivals you have is great, all we have a big giant ones with really horrifying portaloos!

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  39. Bot concerned about these storms I;m hearing of! If you could just ensure the sun in shining in just over two weeks time that'll be smashing! Ta muchly :D Looks a great venue, I think it's great this renewed interest in vintage, although I couldn't carry it off like you two can. ♥

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  40. Congrats on your shop success, and love to see the steam artifacts...your 1/2 up hairdo is too cute, and that pup is a proper field spaniel, I have experience with them and they brain is in they nose - thanks so much for sharing, looks like lots of fun.

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  41. Looks like a really fun festival! Congrats on doing so well. :)

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  42. You make work sound like so much fun! Glad is was so successful!

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  43. This sounds like a dream music festival to me. I would so be there! The setting and all the details you photographed make it look like such a great experience. Good for you guys and Kinky Melon!

    Here's hoping your week of hunting down new (old) merch goes well.

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  44. "A tad dishevelled"? Nup, nope, not one bit sweetie. You might have been feeling knocked out by your marathon merch-fest, but you look amazing! I'm so glad KM has its toes firmly planted in festival land, the pair of you work so hard to make it a success and I'm sure it's not only down to your fantastic stock, but to sexaciously fabulous YOU!! xoxoxox

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  45. You look absolutely ravishing after a day's work! What great festival pics and I adore the lime green hair flower tucked into the hair atop your head and fringed go-go top. Who wouldn't want to purchase vintage from you and Jon?

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  46. It looks, sounds and probably tasted like a ton of fun!
    Glad that you got to listen to music, sells lots of stuff, pets some animals and meet fellow bloggers.

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  47. Wow you guys are amazing......so happy you have had another success festival........I can see why look at all that great gear. Oh I used to love this next part........buying to re-stock.....happy happy hunting!!!!!!!!
    Both you and Jon were looking just wonderful....I would live in your merch tent for the weekend.....stuff the music.
    Love V

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  48. It all looks brilliant Vix and you look totally in your element, love the close up of your Spanish lady look. I was lusting after the long dress with orange flowers on it, as usual I wish I'd been there to have a rummage. I would have liked to see Camera Obscura too, maybe it was meant to be for you to take a break at that point. As Annie says, what a great way to make a living, doing something you love. xx

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  49. So glad the festival went well for you both. You look amazing as always and Jon looks super handsome ... I am worried about those owls though - tethered at the ankles - doesn't seem right...

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  50. Wow It looks amazing. I am so happy kinky melon is doing so well for you:-) you look gorgeous as ever. See you soon:-) dee xxxx

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  51. wouuau, hurrah for kinky melon!, so fabulous festival, I'm amazed watching all that fun and that bar in an old rail carriage!, that steam era stuff is amazing!, and music, food, owls and pretty dresses!!, everything is delightful!
    besos & fun

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  52. You guys both look great and the festival looks super fun. Glad you managed to catch Camera Obscura, I haven't heard them in years!!

    Lx

    http://the-sportista.blogspot.co.uk/

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  53. I'm not surprised the orange mini sold within 10 minutes - it's gorgeous! It looks like you had a great weekend x

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  54. I had no idea Indietracks was so near to us. I know this station, steam train, tin tabernacle etc, although in a very different context to this.

    Those pakoras must have been good if you approved them. Kinky Melons is going mad! How wonderful that you sold so much stock and that it is going out into the world, travelling all over, in exactly the spirit of you and Jon. It is so exciting! Hope you made lots of dosh so that that trip to Croatia can become reality. It's that shirt again! :) And that lovely patchwork skirt.

    Get shopping kids! xxxxxx

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  55. Indietracks sounds awesome, and looks a real adventure. I'd love to pet an owl!!
    I definitely need to find you guys and pick up some vintage gems.
    xx

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  56. How great is when people respect the space and everyone can relax and enjoy themselves? I'm glad you had a good time and hopefully you'll be doing it again in a place where I can attend! xxx

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  57. Oh Amor you look divina! I love your amazing patchwork maxi skirt and prosti bright green eyeshadow. Looks like you guys killed and rocked it.That curry looks delicious!You make sure and get lost of rest.

    Besos

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  58. You've been working hard and looking fabulous!

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  59. Kinky Melon is having one helluva successful summer! Any festival that has steam trains, owls and cute little food trucks with pakoras is alright in my book. Of course the hipsters loved you, how could they not? You and Jon are on the road to fame and fortune (in Gilbert, of course)as the coolest vintage sellers ever.

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  60. Amazing! Love that little fringe top and those beautiful owls.

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  61. It all sounds so wonderfully fun and delightful. What a cool event. What with the Indian treats and cute drug dogs. You and Jon looked wonderful. Totally lusting over your skirt. The owls how lovely is that, that's cool. Kinky Melon certainly sounds as thought its rocking people socks, I'd say that's all thanks to the wonderful eye and knack you and Jon have for sourcing such treasures.

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  62. Both you and Jon are looking better than ever! Is it a really really long dress I see in the Picture from the "merch tent"?

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  63. Wow! you look like you had an amazing time! I love that 'dishevelled' picture-you look stunning! I wish I could look that good dishevelled!

    Adrian would have had a field day with all those owls, they're his favourites!

    Glad it went so well-much love xxxxx

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  64. That festival looks like it's good fun, I've never been that one. I love your skirt and you look beautiful as always dear! xx/Madison :)

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  65. Sounds good! Well done Kinky Melon!x

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  66. Love a good festival, especially the little ones. I'm playing one on Sunday.

    Have envy of whoever bought the orange dress. X

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  67. Your skirt is pretty much the most beautiful I've ever seen! Lally X

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  68. It sounds exhausting but obviously well worth all the effort as Kinky Melon did so well. This festival looks right up my street, lots of stuff to explore (love that old BR carriage) and possibly no 5 hour queue for the loo?)
    Good luck with the re-stocking.

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  69. Wow! As you saw on my blog I love old railways... But with indie, curry and your vintage finds it's even better! Looks FANTASTIC ... Hard work too but better busy than bored!

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  70. Dear Vix, Your gorgeous lime green hair flower is beyond spectacular and you wear it with glorious self confidence! I am honored that you participated in the first edition of my headwear series. Thank you so much for linking up with Hat Attack.

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  71. So much festival fabulousity! A festival where you can pet owls? I would so be therexoxo

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  72. Looks like fun. I love how John adapted those trousers to shorts they look great.x

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  73. HOW on earth have i never heard of this festival - its just up the road from me .. i missed the chance to say hi and maybe purchase one of your fabbytastic items!!!

    Sal x

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