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Monday 28 March 2011

Sluttery Travels: Indietracks

A different Sluttery Travels destination for you: not a hotel, but a festival. And not your traditional muddy campsite, overpriced food and warm beer festival either: Indietracks takes place at a railway museum in Derby. Choo choo!

Combining steam trains and indiepop, this is the ideal festival for the twee pop kids amongst you. As well as the main outdoor stage, bands play in the railway shed, in the on-site church, and on steam trains. ON THE ACTUAL TRAINS! There's something magical about crowding into a carriage and watching a band do an acoustic set as the countryside rolls by.

Artists announced so far include The Hidden Cameras, Jeffrey Lewis, Math and Physics Club, The Sweet Nothings and The Wendy Darlings. Haven't heard of them? You'll be so caught up in the friendly, welcoming atmosphere of the festival that it won't matter that you don't know the headliners. Join one of the craft or knitting workshops if you want a break from the music.

If you hate camping as much as I do, then stay in one of the nearby budget hotels. Either pay a few quid for a local taxi driver to take you (bonus: he'll call you 'me duck') or walk to the local station and take a free steam train to the site.

All this, and it's a mere £60 for the weekend if you book before 7 May. What's not to love? No sprawling festival site (Glastonbury), no toilets getting set on fire (Reading), no extortionate booze costs (every festival), awesome food whether you want a fry-up or a veggie curry, wonderful swoonsome music and the chance to have a disco in your hotel room and fall asleep in an actual bed. A few of us Domestic Sluts are going - I'm already hyperventilating with excitement - so say hello if you spot us (and feel free to buy us a pint of cider).

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