In Festival Guide by Anna Barnard Wright


If you only attend one festival in 2017, Y Not has you covered. Back for its 11th year with a massive line-up (you’ll actually know half the bands), this Peak District party is perfect for the muddiest campers, festival virgins, and the embarrassing dad dancers. At £109.50 (or £89 for the early-birds) for 3 days of star studded performances, Y Not is one of the best value for money festivals in the UK. There’s an abundance of stages to suit every taste, as well as enough stalls to fill your weekend with real ale, vegan fast food, vintage garms, roller skating and retro gaming. As a medium sized festival, Y Not is big enough that you’ll never be bored, but not so big that you’ll have to trek miles back to your tent and between sets.

This year’s line-up is every millennial indie fans dream, with Stereophonics, Two Door Cinema Club and The Vaccines headlining. After taking time out to write their TDCCupcoming tenth album, ‘Before Next Summer’, Welsh rockers Stereophonics have a busy summer ahead. Having been a TDCC fan throughout my teenage years, I’ve been scouting out the lineup every year eagerly awaiting an appearance from them. Alex Trimble and co are set to pull in the biggest crowd of the weekend with catchy hits ‘Something Good Can Work’ and ‘What You Know’. Ending the weekend with a bang are aggressive rockers The Vaccines. With a new lineup, now a 5 piece, the band are reportedly recording a new album this month, so look out for some new material alongside a back catalogue of huge hits. Other major names on the line up include the famously moody Jake Bugg, and Geordie alt-rock four-piece, Maximo Park. If you’re lucky enough to be heading over on Thursday night, you’ll catch an early set from Feeder, who are likely to smash up The Big Gin stage.

For new music lovers, be sure to check out the smaller stages for some of the hottest new talent around. Footballer turned singer-songwriter Tom Grennan features alongside rock-pop stars The Hunna and Radsound favourites, Trash. You’ll also find the incredible Slaves and Y Not returners Sundara Karma. For political angst, be sure to check out Cabbage, with their a post-punk explosion. JawsFor more alternative, check out Fickle Friends or Nothing But Thieves who have built up a loyal following supporting big guns Muse and Twenty One Pilots of recent. For something more angsty, head over to catch Jaws or Twin Atlantic. If you’re after some new sounds, try Muncie Girls, Banfi or Shvpes – the latter whom are fronted by the son of Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson.

If pop is more your thing, there is nowhere to hide, with Clean Bandit set to fulfil electric set duties. For those living for the 2007 throwbacks, head over to Kate Nash where you’ll surely find everyone and their mum enthusiastically singing their heart out to ‘Foundations’ and her excitingly raucous, new numbers. As the night falls, the love kick-starts again with Elliot Gleave, better known as Example, accompanied by DJ Wire.

For Y Not veterans, there will of course be shows from King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys, and Beans on Toast. If you like a bit of ukulele (who doesn’t?) head over to Everly Pregnant Brothers for classic Y Not straw bale bop. With more artists to be added to an already exciting bill, we’re very excited to return to our favourite Derbyshire field.

Tier 4 tickets are fast selling out and with all this and more, Y Not 2017 is the place to be.

Grab your tickets here: ynotfestivals.co.uk/2017-tickets/

By Anna Barnard Wright (@abernardwright)