So I am pretty rubbish at writing about going to see bands and stuff, and the fun stuff we do because I just go 'yeah it was ace' (I don't even think I did an Indietracks blog last year) so I'll put a few words and more pictures here!
This year we decided to camp, so Friday afternoon Kandy, my oldest pal Katie, her sister and myself drove down to swanick and set up camp, we bagged a spot near far from the showers and next to our professional camping buddies Mel and Amy (it was really hot when we put the tent up so didn't do a great job, something we regret later!)
We had a tea of pasta and sauce cooked on the mini camping stove and made it down in time to see a bit of The Tuts.
Then headliners Bis came on, I was all I'm not that excited, seen Bis a bunch of times and how many times can you see a band reform and play. Plus I'm still not down with them having a bass player AND a drummer (I miss you Roland!).
But do you know what I really enjoyed it, and they played the Powerpuff girls theme, I've never heard that one live! I still think I'm the only Bis fan ever who doesn't really like euro disco though!
Then we had a bit of a disco in the shed and headed back to the campsite for that disco but we were early so hung out in the games room, played pub quiz games, won some stuffed toys.
We decided the Indietracks campsite disco wasn't really doing it for us so found the permanent campsite disco (complete with DJ that shout outs requests in that DJ voice) we got some hits played, and despite the fact everyone was dancing in a big circle (why do people do that?!) so we were shoved in the corner and our requests taking ages to come on (and the DJ playing 3 yes THREE J and Duncan songs, one hit, one album track and one cover of Gangstas Paradise) we had a blast.
Saturday was the day of my cheerleading workshop and I was being all moany about it. But we did all the indietracks touristy things today, museum, train and stuff. we may have caught some of Tunabunny whilst having lunch, but we didn't see anyone until like 7pm, we're not very good at this festival business!
I missed Whimpy Milkshake as it clashed with my workshop. But the workshop went really well and I met some lovely people (the lady with the nice dress, Naomi from Martha, the little Dutch girl, lovely Charlotte and her awesome Mum and Dad). So I wasn't too upset! I really enjoyed it after all that stressing and nearly passing out from the extreme heat!
We caught some of Cars can be Blue, who I really enjoyed before heading back to camp for tea. On our walk back it started raining a little. We had intended to eat tea, have a drink and come back for The pastels and Camera Obscura.
On our walk back the thunder started and the rain poured. We cooked tea in our semi leaking tent. then it started to leak more and more and it started lightening and we reassured Katie it was fine the lightening was getting further away. then one struck and illuminated the whole tent. we all got a bit scared then.
so left the tent and spent some time in the games room and later outside the café.No more bands for us today!
Mel and Amy returned and told us Camera Obscura had been moved to the indoor stage. we waited for the campsite disco, which didn't disappoint. returned to our tent at 3am, more of a flood, used some frat party cups to get rid of it and all squashed into the 'back room' of the tent.
We awoke to a dry day yeah, we survived the storm!!!
We packed up the tent and headed down. I treated myself to a pancake and decided what I was gonna treat myself to for tea (A quesadilla!).
Today was double workshop day. first up was Kandy's pom pom pets, which was a roaring success. I didn't manage to make one myself but saw some of the lovely people we met in my workshop. We packed up and headed for a quick lunch to make it back for the Lego workshop, but had a milk spillage so missed that too.
Then it was Mel and Amy's 'Wild Apple' wet felting workshop, which was also a roaring success, I managed to make myself a piece of checked felt, but got shown up by a lady who was making an awesome elaborate piece!
I think we might have gone on a ride on the BIG train then. (I got stopped by a young girl who tole me my MCR tote bag was awesome, I joked that it was Helen Love's daughter, it totally turned it it WAS!).
Followed by a triple whammy of awesome bands. First were Martha, who I'm not just saying because my cheerleading workshop got a shout out on stage, but because they were great.
Followed by The Lovely Eggs (love a chatty northerner on stage). then Kandy and I went for a quick tea, only it turned into a mini disaster. The Mexican stall ran out of wraps so no quesadilla for me. The little caravan ran out of halloumi so no second choice of veggi fish fingers and chips. I just wanted CHEESE. So I settled for chicken nachos. Wolfed it down and ran over for Helen Love.
Helen Love, what can I say. I was worried it might be awful, it might be anticlimactic. Last year Indietracks saw me seeing a band I never thought I would see (Go Sailor!) and this year it was Helen Love.
They took to the stage, I got nervous, then BAM glitter cannons. I nearly wet myself, It was a nonstop dance fest from there on in. I particularly enjoyed the dude rocking out in his Muderdolls tee.
Then more glitter at the end as people took to the stage and danced like a big glitter army to Does Yr Heart Go Boom!!!!
What a way to end. There was someone else headlining, Katie and Charlotte sat on the hill enjoying them, but they were too chilled for us on the Helen Love high. We tried to compose ourselves sitting on the train before having one last boogie and driving home.
A rollercoaster of weather, food and good times. We had a blast.