Our 2017 workshops!

We’re very excited to reveal this year’s selection of workshops – we’ve everything from lego animation, lantern-making, musical activities and campaigning advice to band interviews, quizzes and much more!

And for the first time ever we also have a new kids’ area in the Deeley Function Room on the Swanwick Junction platform. As well as soft play for younger children, we’ll also have crafts and books available, as well as a range of activities including storytime, robot making and two brilliant kids’ discos!

Here’s the full line-up, with descriptions further down the page:

1pm – Cardboard tube lanterns
2pm – Reckless Yes presents… in conversation with Peaness and The Hayman Kupa Band
3pm  – Indie-stop!
4pm – Books to Judge By Their Covers! 

1pm – Rubbish Robots workshop
3.30pm – Nimble Tales storytime
5pm – How Does It Feel To Be Loved? kids disco

Midday – School of Noise
2pm – Festival sunprinting
3pm – Campaign skills and organising for hope.
4pm – Quizzing Just for Practice

1pm – Salle Pierre Lamy puppet show
3.30pm – Storytime with David Leach
5pm – Some Like it Pop kids disco



1pm – Cardboard tube lanterns

Make a portable lantern for nighttime exploring and campsite reading using coloured cardboard tubes decked out with marker/pipe cleaners/glitter/rick-rack/tape/leaves/every other thing you can cram on there. Glow comes from battery-powered tea lights (provided). We’ll show you how to make owls/cats/ghosts/bats/people/rockets, or come up with your own crazy cool lantern idea. (£1 each)

2pm –  Reckless Yes presents… in conversation with Peaness and The Hayman Kupa Band

Join Reckless Yes record label co-founders and music journalists Sarah Lay and Pete Darrington as they talk to Peaness and The Hayman Kupa Band. Both Sarah and Pete have worked in and around music for the last two decades as writers, broadcasters and more – Sarah most recently as editor of Louder Than War, and Pete as producer and presenter of The Rumble, a show dedicated to underground and DIY music. Their in-conversation chats with artists are informal but try to get to the heart of what it means to be a musician, what drives creativity, along with the stories of both band and songs.

3pm – Indie-stop!

Recreate your favourite indiepop shows and videos – with Lego! Indie-stop is a family friendly stop-motion animation workshop. Using lego, card, felt-tips, and other props you will be able to create your own scenes with mini festival goers and bands and animate them dancing, playing and having a great time! At the end of the session, we’ll have a grand screening of our mini-epics, and make them available to download from our Facebook page. You don’t need any experience to join in, just come along, and if you have any toys you’d like to animate, bring them along too!

4pm – Books to Judge By Their Covers!
We say down with boring books! Come and bling up a notebook cover in whatever style you want – add a fabric cover that’s sew cool, paint a picture, make it glitzy with gems and glitter – the choice is yours! We’ll provide the notebooks and all the sticking and glueing bits – you bring the creativity! Great fun for all ages. (Free)


Midday to 2pm –  School of Noise

The School of Noise run workshops for people of all ages and musical abilities. At this years Indietracks festival they welcome you to come and join them as they explore the fascinating world of sound, noise and music. At this drop-in workshop you’ll investigate the science of sound, play on their noise making and sculpting machines, and create your own experimental and electronic music. From making sand dance in beautiful, symmetrical patterns, to using fruit and vegetables to play music, the School of Noise aims to ignite your imagination and along the way you’ll hopefully discover something new about sound.

2pm – Festival sunprinting

Make beautiful light sensitive pictures using the nature surrounding you at the Indietracks festival. All you need are a few objects (leaves, stones etc.) some sun print paper (provided) and water! These can be taken away as a unique souvenir to remind you of your festival year. (£3 each)

3pm – Campaign skills and organising for hope.
Indietracks is a haven from the outside world, three days of friends, bands, booze and trains provide a blissful escape from every day life. While it is great to get away, it is impossible to ignore the fact that Indietracks 2017 takes place against a global backdrop of turbo-charged austerity, increasing racism, intolerance and injustice. The world is becoming a scary place, but there are things that we can do to make a difference and remain hopeful. Campaigning for change is more vital than ever – this workshop will look at some of the things we can do together to make a difference. Liz Ely works for a charity in Scotland which campaigns to prevent violence against women and girls, she is also a founder member of The Living Rent Campaign which won security of tenure for renters, and some limited rent controls in Scotland in 2015. In this workshop she will share some of her experiences, as well as introducing some practical tools for active campaigning.

4pm – Quizzing Just for Practice
Are you an indiepop mastermind? Do you want to demonstrate your encyclopedic pop music knowledge and win a host of fabulous prizes and a ‘magnificent’ trophy? Then why not join us for the annual Indietracks quiz where your hosts, Rachael Neiman (who has appeared on Mastermind, University Challenge and Only Connect) and Adam Wiseman from Cherryade Records, will test you on a wide range of pop music from the last few decades, from Belle & Sebastian to Busted and everything in between. Teams of up to six people are welcome.



 1pm- Rubbish Robots

Come and make robots from recycled household waste.  Turn things you would normally throw away into awesome robots.  Maybe you could build your own paranoid android?  Will your robot build a train?  Will it be a pink robot to battle Yoshimi?  Will it get together will all the other robots and take over the world, or will they all have a tea party?   All materials are provided; all you need to bring is your imagination.

3.30pm – Nimble Tales

Interactive storytelling and live music for little folk and their grown ups! Join Becky and her cello for stories, songs, puppets and bubbles galore. Come and sing, shake, dance and journey with us as we adventure to meet a reluctant princess and a doubtful dragon…’

5pm – How Does It Feel to Be Loved? kids disco

How Does It Feel To Be Loved? DJs put on a special disco for children and their parents at Indietracks, playing indie pop, northern soul, Tamla Motown, and 60s girl groups. Come and dance with your children to your favourite indie and soul smashes. The disco has already been a hit at End of the Road festival and we can’t wait to welcome it to Indietracks!


Salle Pierre Lamy puppet show

Salle Pierre Lamy are…Edgar, a toothy, spectacle wearing cat, and Bryce, a huggable green mass, with their backing band “The Elaines” (featuring members of Mowbird & Eitha Da) playing a vintage keyboard, drum machine, & basitar. With your help they will sing songs, create beautiful artwork and… “have an argument”! www.SallePierreLamy.com

 Storytime with David Leach

Cbeebies’ bedtime story king Tom Hardy was unavailable (too busy, apparently), so we’ve asked Indietracks favourite David Leach to come and read to us instead. All welcome!

Some Like It Pop kids disco

We play feel good pop music spanning the decades that will make even the most hardened indie pop fan want to shimmy! Adults and kids both welcome!