Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Kingdom of Rust - Indietracks 2019


All aboard! It's time for Indietracks, a celebration of independent, creative and DIY pop music held at a heritage steam railway museum in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside. Every year around fifty indie pop artists perform across a range of stages while festival goers enjoy steam train rides, railway attractions and museums, discos, art and craft workshops, great food, a selection of real ales and, of course, Kinky Melon's pop-up vintage shop. Established in 2007, we've been going to Indietracks for eleven years, initially as visitors and, for the past six years, as traders.


We'd originally planned to travel up on Thursday but, with the UK experiencing the hottest temperatures ever recorded (39°C) we decided to postpone our journey and set off at 7am on Friday instead as the BBC had forecast it would be significantly cooler. By 2pm we were set up, changed and able to relax in the sunshine with a glass of wine before the festival gates opened at 5pm.


It was the first Friday in years that Indietracks' opening night was neither freezing cold or peeing it down. We didn't even need coats.

WEARING: 1960s Dollyrockers maxi (bought from Second To None in 2010)

Ready for business! 


Scottish pop band Bis, the first unsigned band to appear on Top of the Pops (HERE) before being signed to the Beastie Boys' Grand Royal label in 1996, were Friday night headliners. 






WEARING: Scotch & Soda brocade lined coat, tartan skinnies and pinstripe Austin Reed shirt (all charity shopped), Clarks' desert boots (50th birthday present from a friend - 3 years old next Monday!)

Of course, the great weather didn't hold. By the early hours of Saturday morning the rain was absolutely lashing it down and the temperature had plummeted. By opening time we were wrapped up in fake fur coats and boots - what a difference a couple of days make!

WEARING: Psychedelic maxi by Krist Gudnason of California (present from Krista, 2012), yeti coat (charity shop), sunglasses (car boot sale, 2015) and 1970s pendant from London Vintage

Did the rain dampen the Indie-kids' spirits? No! They shopped with us then either braved the rain to watch bands on the outdoor stage or headed off to the indoors Church and Passenger Shed stages or joined the queue to be entertained by the bands scheduled to play on the vintage trains which gently chug along the tracks between Swanwick Junction and Butterley.
  



Listening to the radio whilst having breakfast on Sunday morning we learnt that we'd had over a month's average rainfall over the last 24 hours, which was no surprise to us - it had kept us awake for most of the night. The rain at least had the decency to let up for long enough for us to explore. There's something innately thrilling about having a whole railway museum to ourselves.











WEARING: Dollyrockers psych maxi (eBay, May 2019) & my handmade Scandinavian wellies




WEARING: 1960s Hardy Amies fake fur car coat, tartan skinnies, rubber and suede wellies (all chazza shopped) and a wool polo neck nicked off the shop rails 












After a couple of hours of wandering we opened the shop in readiness for the Indie Kids. I decided to liberate this baby pink 1960s Shanghai-made satin brocade jacket from the rails - after four festivals with not a smidgen of interest it deserved to be mine.



Hangovers sated with some of the great food on offer the kids were ready to shop and, surprisingly for a Sunday, business was brisk. At one point in the day a lady came in and admitted to having a sleepless night after ripping a dress she'd tried on the night before and neglecting to tell us. She insisted on paying for the damage which impressed us no end - the downside of festivals is the amount of clothes that get trashed and put back on the rails with not a word uttered. This really sums up the spirit of Indietracks - it's a festival full of kind hearted, genuine people.


As usual, many of our lovely customers wore their latest Kinky Melon purchases over the weekend, but this year most of their vintage buys were obscured by raincoats - but here's Jo & Jude braving the weather to show off a 1980s Madras check cotton blazer and a 1960s psych midi dress.


Another of our favourite regulars, the fabulous Jenny! Her bag of Kinky swag was safely locked up in her hotel room.



Yes, it rained for most of the weekend and the temperatures were more akin to April than July but did that stop anyone having fun? Of course not. If you can't cope with a bit of inclement weather then you just aren't suited to the British festival scene.



The previous evening headliners, Spook School, had announced that they were splitting up, on Sunday they opened the main stage playing as their new incarnation, Squiggles


 I absolutely loved Liverpool psych all-girl band, Stealing Sheep's Sunday night performance and their outfits weren't bad either. Listen to their iconic Joking Me HERE.

One of my favourite post-Indietracks things to do is to check the festival website and see how many of the artists in the official band shots shopped with us - as always, there's rather a lot!



At 10pm we rolled down the shop front for the final time, poured ourselves a drink (definitely not the first of the evening) and packed up the stock with the rain pitter-pattering on the roof.


 Sod's Law or what? On Monday morning we took down the trade tent in warmth and glorious sunshine, the weekend's bad weather but a dim and distant memory.

 See you next year, Indietracks!

38 comments:

  1. That looks like an interesting festival - especially if you like trains! Loved all yours and Jon's outfits; you both looked fab and so very summery despite the rain and wind!

    What a good job you packed the amazing yellow wellies!

    I love your pink brocade jacket I don't know how anyone could have passed it up. You definitely deserve it.

    I hope you've had a chance to recuperate and re charge your batteries.
    xxxx

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    1. Indietracks is such a quirky little festival, no wonder it often gets named best boutique festival by the Guardian.
      I treated myself to those wellies last year, I saw a really stylish woman wearing them at the Classic Car Boot Sale and hunted a pair down. They should last me a lifetime!
      No work this weekend - yay! xxx

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  2. Looks like you both had fun despite the weather. I would love to see the trains there.

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    1. It doesn't matter how good the weather is on the run up to Indietracks - it always seems to rain when we get there! x

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  3. english weather - eh?!
    "schienenersatzverkehr" - every time this sign shows up at our railway station i stop in horror. why? the railway is laid out strait thru the valley - the roads not - instead they curve very narrow and steep in this rocky landscape....very time consuming.
    indie tracks sound fun despite the weather - and you both look as stylish as ever - and your customers too!
    xxxxx

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    1. The only thing you can say about the English weather is that it's never consistent so we can't get bored with it! xxx

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  4. Always enjoy your posts from Indietracks!

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  5. What an incredible venue for this festival! And the bands play on the trains as they shunt around? How very cool! This is a festival I could handle.

    I love your Dollyrockers dress, and your yellow Wellies sing to me. Jon's tartan skinnies are identical to a pair that I thrifted for L - I need to show him how Jon styles them, as L ends up looking like a soccer hooligan when he laces his combat boots over them.

    Sad but not entirely surprised that people rip and destroy things and don't tell you. Sigh. That's really amazing that that woman came back to tell you and make reparations.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, and I hope you get a good rest up!

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    1. It is such a cool place to hold a music festival - we love the weird combination of trains and music! xxx

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  6. You were a bright spot on grey days it appears - glad it was good for trading though. Now a few days off? Shopping to get the rails full?

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    1. Yes - no work till next Wednesday. Hopefully we can squeeze in a couple of shopping trips before we start all over again! x

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  7. I always look forward to seeing your Indietracks photos, as it looks like such an amazing festival, set among all these railway relics. Loving your lilac Dollyrockers maxi and the psychedelic one worn with the yellow wellies, which are definitely worth having rain for. The psychedelic maxi worn with the Yeti caught is pretty fabulous too. But, no Thomas this year? xxxx

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    1. Thank you! It's such a sweet festival and seems to attract some lovely people.
      I checked the BBC weather before I packed and 15°C wasn't ideal temperatures for a backless cotton maxi - maybe next year! xxx

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  8. Indietracks does sound like a great festival. 39 degrees Celsius? That's high indeed. Good that you were able to avoid the worst of the heatwave by travelling early. It seems you had a nice time at this Indietraxks festival. I really like your purple maxi...It's lovely you didn't even need the coat...and the outfit you wore once it got colder is just as pretty. I really like that faux fur jacket. It is great to hear that the rainy weather didn't ruined anyone spirit. I'm also happy to hear about the lady insisting to pay for the damage to the dress that ripped while she tried it on. Very honest thing to do! I really like what you said about how those who can't deal with the weather should stay away from the British festival scene. I think festivals are all about being spontaneous and being prepared for different scenarios, I mean they're not exactly controlled environment but that's why they are so fun. I always have a great time at festivals, though I tend to forget about them and never bother with planning a visit...so I typically don't go unless a merciful friend comes along and drags me to one, and then I really enjoy myself...and couldn't care less about the weather. I do have a good laugh when I see magazine 'festival' guides suggesting high heeled Gucci boots or something similarly nonsensical for a festival outfit.

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    1. Indietracks is such a lovely festival and it's tiny, too - perfect for those who can't handle crowds (but don't mind rain!) xxx

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  9. Philip looks forward to seeing your post on this festival and says every year that we should go. Maybe 2020 will be the one as he will be retired by then.
    It’s lovely to see pics of Jon, you’re both looking great and your frocks certainly brighten up the place Vix.
    Lynn xxx

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    1. It's such good fun. You both should visit the museum outside of the festival, it's fascinating. There's even a forklift truck exhibition on site - mad but true! xxx

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    2. That sounds like a good idea xxx

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  10. You do look a treat in your glorious colours among the trains. What a great place for a festival . Shame about the rain especially as it had been so hot but at least you had your gorgeous yellow wellies. Glad to hear your trading was brisk, good of the lady to come back and pay for the item she damaged. It does make you wonder why don't people care more.Hope the warm and son continues this week. xxx

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    1. It was such a lovely gesture. It's so disappointing to get home from a festival, inspect the stock and find ruined items. Hooray for honesty!! xxx

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  11. Love seeing your Dollyrocker dresses. You were well prepared with the wellies. I looked at the Toast sale by the way (thanks), but decided to wait until I go shopping in India :)

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    1. Thanks, Betty! The wellies are the first thing to go in the festival bag - luckily they haven't been needed too much this year! x

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  12. I love your Dollyrockers dress.
    Indietracks looks like a real one off festival, I love the idea of mini sets on train carriages, great in the rain too. xxx

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    1. Thanks, Sally! It's such a quirky little festival and so much fun! x

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  15. Vix, you must have been boiling in the hot weather prior to going to Indietracks, we’re used to it here in Australia especially in Summertime. Sometimes it can be 40 °C + for a full week!

    Wow, look at your handmade Scandinavian willies, aren’t they something special!
    I love the photos you’ve taken, especially the one with the yellow field in the background- so beautiful. X

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    1. I'm in the minority of Brits who love the heat but I know loads of people struggled with those insanely high temperatures! xxx

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  16. Our Summer is a bit English this year - kind of erratic, two sunny days, then clouds and rain, then hot again. :)) But hopefully August will be more predictable!

    I enjoy your Indietracks posts since I started reading you...5 or 6 years back? It's just such a heartfelt and unique atmosphere. So unfair to wear coats in Summer, but a good company should make up for it! Much love!

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    1. Oh no, I'm sorry about your English summer. It does present a few challenges when it comes to getting dressed, doesn't it? xxx

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  17. Hi Vix, loved reading your blog. Am an avid fan of 70's vintage clothing and accessories so was recently recommended to you via my daughter who has been following you for a while. Have my gorgeous little nephew here with me looking at all the pictures of vintage trains you've posted. He's obsessed with trains and loving these pics. Did you mention 39 degrees? That's a walk in the park for us - it's the rain that spooks us and sends us running for cover! That purple maxi was just gorgeous on you. Bright, cheerful colours are definitely your thing. Lovely to see some of your cheery customers. How cute are they! Wasn't it lovely of that lady to come back and offer to pay for the damaged item. People like her restore our faith in humanity. Wish there were more like her around. And, much less of those who damage or throw your beautiful pieces on the ground - a bane of your occupation, I'm sure. Obviously they have no respect for these gilded treasures. Anyway, glad to hear your sales were good and the festival was heaps of fun. I'll stay tuned.

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    1. Hello Suzy (and daughter!) How lovely to hear from you. I'm glad your nephew enjoyed the train pictures, our friends' little boy comes to Indietracks every year and can't get enough of them.
      I love high temperatures but the British infrastructure can't deal withe extreme weather, our railways come to a grinding halt and the only buildings with air-con are modern office blocks. I'm lucky that I can take the day off and lie in the sunshine with a good book!
      It is quite demoralising to get home from fairs and festivals to discover our stock has been trashed - I'd certainly have to confess if I'd done the same. I only hope that karma comes round and bites the offenders on the bum!
      xxx

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  18. I do think it sounds an amazing festival! The trains angle is very appealing. I am so glad that lady fessed up to her damage. I find it shocking that people damage things and don't own up!

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