Now in its ninth year, ‘Y Not Festival’ promises to be ‘small, fresh and loud’. With past headliners including Maximo Park and Frank Turner, ‘Y Not’, though comparatively much smaller than Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds et al, has a penchant for attracting large names to the less known and less commercialised location of the Derbyshire countryside. This has meant that the festival has endeared itself to people who enjoy great music, and want to avoid the harangues of mainstream culture.
From the 2nd-4th of August, the likes of The Mystery Jets, The Horrors and The Cribs will be headlining at the Pikehall site in Derbyshire along with eternal crowd pleasers, The Darkness and Electric Six. The festival has also attracted bands and musicians who have cult followings such as 65DaysOfStatic and Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip, as well as up-coming collectives such as We Were Promised Jetpacks and The 1975, both of whom have enjoyed huge attention and airplay in recent months. The whole weekend costs a pocket friendly £83, including the booking fee, and with this type of line up, promises to be extremely good value for money. So, we have a beautiful Peak District setting, a great line up and an un-extortionate ticket price? The question you have to ask yourself is – ‘why the hell not?’