Stormy weather over music festival

Thunder and lightning forced the headlining act of a Butterley rock festival to take cover for fear of electrical injury on Saturday night.

But the rest of the Indietracks festival, which boasted more than 50 performances over the weekend at the Midland Railway - Butterley, ran according to the timetable.

Indietracks: Impromptu performance on the platform by Emma Kupa.

Indietracks: Impromptu performance on the platform by Emma Kupa.

Saturday night headliners Camera Obscura were moved indoors when the heavens opened over the fans. Organiser Natalie Hudson said: “We couldn’t take the risk and we had to bring Camera Obscura to the indooor stage - but everyone got in and the railway staff are really good at turning things around.

“We usually have around 1,200 people and this year was a really good attendance particularly on the Saturday.”

Although Natalie was worked for most of the three-da festival she managed to pick out some personal highlights. “Haiku Salut - three girls from Derby who play instrumental electronic music - put on a fantastic light show in the railwayman’s church.

“The headliners on Sunday night used handheld water cannons and started firing glitter into the crowd. Lots of people said that was their highlight. We want to say thank you to everyone who helped make it such a brilliant weekend.”

The festival, which combines heritage trains and indiepop music, lets guests enjoy the regular facilities of the Midland Railway Butterley such as the steam train rides and museum, and a range of new and established indiepop bands. This year indie veterans Bis, The Pastels and the Brilliant Corners played alongside up-and-comers Milky Wimpshake and The Understudies.

An Indietracks download album, featuring more than 40 songs from the bands playing this year’s festival, is available for a minimum donation fee of £2, at http://indietracks.bandcamp.com. All proceeds go to the Midland Railway.