Frankie Cosmos, Skinny Girl Diet and The Just Joans are among 19 artists and DJs added to the Indietracks festival line-up this week.
They’ll join The Wedding Present, Cate Le Bon, Martha, Joanna Gruesome, The Tuts and dozens more performers at the festival, which takes place on the weekend of 28-30 July 2017 at a picturesque 1950s steam railway in Derbyshire.
Other bands joining the bill today are: Luby Sparks (all the way from Japan), Baby Arms, Stephanie Goodman (formerly of Shrag and The Blue Minkies), The Pooches, The Understudies, Enderby’s Room, Cult Party, Crywank, Me Rex, Milk Crimes and John Doe (a collaboration between Mammoth Penguins and Sophie Barkerwood from Haiku Salut).
DJs include: Offbeat, How Does It Feel To Be Loved?, Sweet Revenge and Evripidis’ Jukebox; plus Glasgow’s Bum Notes karaoke with Ruby Waters.
Indietracks is a celebration of independent, creative and DIY pop music, with bands playing across the heritage railway site, including its main outdoor stage, in a locomotive shed, a tin tabernacle and on the steam trains themselves.
Frankie Cosmos: Greta Kline’s musical output as Frankie Cosmos exemplifies the generation of musicians born out of online self-releasing. Kline initially built a reputation with her prolific catalogue of bedroom recordings and as a performer and advocate of New York’s All Ages DIY scene. The beauty in Kline’s writing does not lie within immense statements and large gestures, but instead can be found in her ability to examine situations and relationships with heartbreaking sincerity.
In 2014 Kline and then-bandmate Aaron Maine released their first studio album as a two-piece, Zentropy. Within months of its release, Zentropy became one of the most critically acclaimed independent albums of the year and was named New York Magazine’s #1 Pop album of 2014. The band soon added in members David Maine on bass, and Gabrielle Smith on keyboards, and their LP, Next Thing, came out in April 2016 to continued acclaim, including a Best New Music from Pitchfork. Frankie Cosmos is now a four-piece band, featuring David Maine on bass, Lauren Martin on keyboards, and Luke Pyenson on drums.
Skinny Girl Diet: Three down-to-Mars girls from North London, these young women are fearlessly taking on society’s problems one political lyric at a time. Standing for all those that feel oppressed from feminism to black rights, their music oozes honesty and feeling. Inspired by the heavily male dominated grunge scene, the 70s punk and the 90s riot girl movement, their music is completely their own, something new.
They’ve earned touring stripes with the likes of The Fat White Family, Slaves, John Cooper Clarke and The Raincoats, and everyone from XFM’s Jon Kennedy, BBC Radio 6’s Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 1’s Rob Da Bank and Amazing Radio have put them on the airwaves loud and clear. If you’ve been sleeping through life, ignoring the truth, Skinny Girl Diet will certainly wake you up.
Indietracks tickets are now available at an early bird discount price of £72 (weekend) and £39 (day), excluding booking fees. These cheaper prices are available until 9pm on Sunday 14 May. After this date, prices will be £79 (weekend) and £41 (day). Weekend tickets for children aged 5-15 are £10, or £6 for a day ticket. Children under 5 get in free! Tickets are available by calling the railway directly on 01773 747 674 during office hours or by visiting: http://www.indietracks.co.uk/tickets/
Around 50 indiepop and DIY bands from across the globe will be playing across four stages at Indietracks, and the festival will also host a range of art and craft workshops and a selection of discos after the bands finish.
This is the 11th 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 able to have unlimited rides on the steam railway over the weekend and full access to other railway attractions and museums.
Previous headliners at Indietracks have included Teenage Fanclub, Saint Etienne, The Go! Team, Camera Obscura, Gruff Rhys, Edwyn Collins, Los Campesinos! and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.