Just for a change the diesels were turfed out of their shed at the Midland Railway Trust for the railway Centre's the annual Indietracks Festival Weekend, when 3000 or more people arrive to see more than 50 bands on the main outdoor stage, in the diesel shed, church, a sales marquee and on trains on the line. Headline acts this year included David Gedge and Cinerama, The Pains Of Being Pure at Heart, The Brilliant Wave Pictures, Martha pictured above and The Go Team to close on Sunday night.
Once again the society supported the weekend providing volunteer staff to carry out a variety of tasks, from selling tickets and merchantise to making sure there were enough toilet rolls in the ladies loo's - just in time I may add, along with being a part time roady and bar-man. One of the more interesting challenging was fitting nine chairs on the stage in the church between bands. Unfortunately the rain on Sunday meant bands were moved from the outdoor stage inside the diesel shed, leading to a very late finish on Sunday night.
Once again in was a brilliant trouble free weekend, One of my highlights was the delightful Michaelmas playing on the train - with Owl Jokes from the band and the audience, I'm already looking forward to the 10th Anniversary Indietracks next year.