Y Not festival is a weekend live music event held in the Peak District country, it is self-described as a ‘Small Fresh & Loud Music Festival’, which annually puts on a varied programme covering everything from country folk to indie rock.
The festival also prides itself in providing the very best in locally brewed ales, ciders, cocktails and other celebrated produce.
2012 line-up, rumours, news and updates
Headliners confirmed so far include The Wombats, We Are Scientist, The Pigeon Detectives, The Subways, British Sea Power, Turbowolf, Rolo Tomassi, Lower Than Atlantis and many many more.
'The Ice Bucket' is the mucho exciting new bar and venue this year. Think: quiffs, leathers and a jukebox-load of Elvis, Little Richard and more rockabilly than you can shake a pelvis at. There's even some rumours flying around about a drive-in cinema.
UPDATE: 25/07 - The event is down to it's last 475 tickets
2011's line-up and previous line-ups
2011's programme featured The Go! Team, The Rifles, The Duke Spirit, Feeder, New Young Pony Club, Miles Kane, Maximo Park, Viva Brother, Sonic Boom Six, Jamie Woon, Beardyman, Art Brut, Pete And The Pirates, for full details of the 2011 line-up press here
For details of past line-ups click here
This festival prides itself on having an intimate environment, so the line-up consists mainly fresh emerging music acts, as well as many established acts whose success is marked by a dedicated fan base.
This doesn’t mean the festival is without its major headliners, previous line-ups featured Feeder, Maximo Park, The Futureheads and The Mystery Jets to name a few.
There is also a yearly fancy dress theme which is discussed and released on the main website’s forum.
Check out Rebecca Dixons review from the 2011 Event
History and Facts
To begin with the festival debuted in 2006 in a small quarry in Derbyshire, with only a scaffold stage and a hand-made DJ booth to host the event.
Expanding slightly year on year, 2009 saw the event sell out, with 2010 being the year that festival was shortlisted for “Best Small Festival” at the UK Festival Awards.
Despite it’s young age, Y Not Festival has also launched a sister festival named Two Thousand Trees Festival.
The Big Gin stage is named after The Big Gin event, before Y Not Festival was known, it was previously an evnt run by sixth form pupils at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Ashbourne. The gathering had a few local bands and a few DJs that played over 2 nights.
On Site Information
Cash point are available on site but like most festivals, these cash points will charge anything up to £2 to withdraw your own money, so budget wisely.
Those attending are also encouraged to care for the environment as they party, with recycling bins and regular litter bins available all-round the site.
Programmes for the event will be on sale, available in a full size version, or a compact mini version attached to fun bottle opener lanyards.
These are sold at the merchandise tent, whose details or what merch will be on sale due to be released closer to the festival time.
Music Stages And Other Entertainment
There are three music stages at the festival, The Big Gin Stage, The Quarry Stage and The Allotment Stage. The smaller Allotment tent has hay bales for spectators to sit on.
Away from the music, Y Not offers a humble choice of entertainment, from open mic nights, along with the rum pirates at the bar, who get you involved in drinking games and a game of tug ‘o’ war. There are also DJ’s in tents playing into the early hours.
Food And Drink
In terms of drinking water, there are plenty of water points surrounding the campsites as well as mineral water on sale at the bars.
Unlike many festivals, the food selection at Y Not Festival caters to all tastes, featuring Sunday roast dinners, pies and stalls specialising in food for vegetarians or vegans.
The is also the famous Y Not Festival bar that offers fair priced local ales, ciders and a wide range of funky cocktails.
Camping And Other Accommodation
The camp site opens on the Friday at 10:00am and shuts at 12:00 noon on the Monday of the festival. There is also a family and quiet zone, which is recommended for those who enjoy a decent night’s sleep.
There are showers and toilets that are serviced 24 hours a day, but as noted in this review, there are only 4 showers for everybody to use, so expect long queues.
There is a caravan and campervan area but an additional £20 charge will be added onto your ticket charge.
Y Not Location And Travel
By Car: The site addess is Mouldridge Lane, Pikehall, Nr. Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2PH
By Local Bus/Coach: There is a free shuttle bus between local town Buxton Station and the festival site, however you will need to book as the service operates on a first come first serve basis. For booking details click here
By Train: The closest train station is Buxton Rail and as mentioned in the previous section, there is a shuttle bus service, but you must book in advance.
By Plane: The closest airport to Y Not Festival is East Midlands.
Tickets can be bought at Gigantic
- Weekend Tickets inc camping, Maximum 10, Standard Camping £75.00 , Family Quiet Camping £75.00
- Early Entry Tickets - allows entry from Thursday 2pm, Maximum 10, £9.00
- Under 12s Free Ticket, Maximum 10, £0.00
- Car Parking, Maximum 10, £5.00
- Campervan Passes, Maximum 10 £25.00
- Accessibility - Weekend Tickets, Maximum 2, Disabled Ticket (Max 1) £75.00, Free Carer (Max 1) £0.00
- Shuttle Bus - Thursday. Matlock Train Station. Depart 1.45pm, Maximum 10, £3.50
- Shuttle Bus - Thursday. Buxton Train Station. Depart 3.15pm, Maximum 10, £3.50
- Shuttle Bus - Sunday. Festival Site to Matlock Train Station. Depart 9.45am, Maximum 10, £3.50
- Shuttle Bus - Sunday. Festival Site to Buxton Train Station. Depart 11.30am, Maximum 10 £3.50
Festival rules state that children and teen aged between 10-15 must be accompanied by an adult aged over 21, and because of festival operating a RU25 policy, it’s advised to bring ID.