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"Steam trains and slightly-too-loud, very obscure indiepop…"
We've done Indietracks a few times now, and it's a child-friendly nerdfest! There are steam trains galore and a few other things to keep under-10s occupied, such as music workshops, facepainting and a minimal playground, plus a brilliant model railway, which had our tiddlers mesmerised.
The music is on the loud side, but that's standard for a music festival, and the bands are more likely to have heard of you than you are of them. That's the charm, though - there are no egos wandering around this small festival site.
The facilities are fine: the food stalls are varied and reasonably priced; there are
plenty of toilets (with real sinks!), a baby-changing room - and although one such room sounds like it won't be enough, it will; this is a tiny festival so the queue is never more than one person (and that one person is bound to be a) in a band and b) really friendly.
We've only ever done day-tickets, so can't comment on the campsite, but friends who have camped have always had a brilliant time.
The free train rides up and down are the real draw, and are what make this such a sweet, unusual festival. You can ride the big train between the festival site and the nearby Midland railway station, or the mini train which is just a ride for the sheer joy of it.
Four stars rather than five, simply because it's a bit basic. But then again, it would be ruined if Bono arrived in a helicopter (as would most things, to be honest).Read moreLess