Festival Profile: Y Not, 2018

Name:  Y Not Festival 

Where:  Pikehall, Derbyshire 

When:  26th-28th July 

After unsafe weather conditions forced Y Not to cancel midway through last year’s proceedings, the festival will be looking to emerge like a Phoenix in 2018, and with Britain’s festival behemoth, Glastonbury, on a break year- the stage is set for Y Not to gain some serious attention.


Y Not has curated what appears to be a hall of fame of present and past indie rock heroes. With Manic Street Preachers and Buzzcocks flying the flag for pre-2000s indie, joined by The Libertines, Razorlight and Jamiroquai representing the best of the noughties. The Wombats, Peace, Circa Waves, Pale Waves, Spector, Blaenavon and an endless number of other acts complete a smorgasbord of indie delights.

Former Glories:

Y Not was founded upon humble beginnings in 2005, by students of Queens Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Ashbourne. By 2008, the festival hosted around 2,000 attendees, who came to watch the likes of Mystery Jets and Cage the Elephant. The continued to grow in size and gain momentum until the heavy rain on 2017 quite literally pissed on their parade and now the former winner of the UK Festival award’s Best Medium-sized Festival award have pulled out all the stops to get their growth back on track.

Also Watch Out For:

The festival essentially takes place in the Peak District, which could make for a great cure for the post-festival comedown. If hiking isn’t your thing, however, it’s only in the Midlands… you could be home by dinnertime.

Everything else:

Y Not’s default ticket purchase option comes in the form of a payment plan over a few months, which is a game-changer in the world of festival attendance. The event has also boasts upgrades in the form of Glamping options and Peak Club VIP, for those that don’t like to get too dirty. Tickets are currently £114.50, but are set to soon go up in price. For more info, tickets and everything else head over to the Y-Not website.

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Matt Ganfield

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