Y Not Festival celebrates 10 years in style

From an “overspilled house party” to 15,000 revellers toasting to 10 years. From just local bands to international superstar headliners. Y Not Festival had a lot to celebrate over the weekend of 31st July – 2nd August amidst the Derbyshire Peaks

Apart from the main arena where you would find the likes of Snoop, Basement Jaxx and Slaves, the site is divided into three main districts: Sgt. Peppers Meadows, the Octopus’ Garden and Revolution Green all of which had the makings to absorb and memorise, from silent discos to fire-pits, fairground rides to street performers. 

Credit Ross Silcocks

Being a northerner living about 40 minutes away from the festival site, I was going to Y Not for the first time and I was left wondering why I had never been before. It’s made me question the love I have for some of the big UK festivals I’ve attended since my teens. Y Not has shown me that smaller festivals can throw just a good of party (if not better) than the big boys on the festival scene. The closest comparison I can come up with is either The Park or Avalon area of Glastonbury Festival, if these areas where stand alone festivals.   

Slaves drew one of the biggest crowds for a band on earlier in the day and it was easy to see why. The punk rock duo from Kent are on the edge of something big. The two piece create a sound and energy that feels as if its coming from a much bigger band. A great booking from the organisers as these guys are about to explode 

Over on The Quarry stage we found ourselves memorized by spoken-word samples from archive footage, mixed with live music. Public Service Broadcasting are quickly becoming a remarkable musical phenomenon. Having got to the stage early for the band we made the discovery of the festival for us in Raleigh Ritchie. Energy, hype, sincerity and passion oozes out from the actor come musician. 

It’s was clear a lot of the Y Not crowd were there for Snoop Dogg and the rapper was eager to entertain, partying and smoking his way through his greatest hits. Taking Matlock on a journey from hip hop classics to chart topping collaborations.

The after dark entertainment are part of the charm of festival. Enjoying the relaxing atmosphere at the campfires dotted about the site, before picking up the tempo at a “secret” rave then heading off for some great sing-alongs at the silent disco. It wasn’t long before we lost track of time and night turned into day.    

Other highlights from the weekend included Basement Jaxx from the dancing and costumes to the stage lighting. Augustines delighting with their anthemic indie and Johnny Marr knocking out some old Smiths classics

Away from the music and entertainment the food and drink (alcohol) shines through and it’s great to see a festival offering a quality selection of ales. It’s fair to say we sampled a lot! From Hobgoblin to the Y Not Festival ale. We tried our hand at Cider Pong and avoided the roller disco for the above reasons! 

Y Not Festival Marketing Manager, Simon Mawbey comments:

“This year was simply incredible, our biggest and best to date and we wanted to thank each and every person who attended and made it so special. There are too many moments to pick from but Basement Jaxx playing ‘Where’s your head at?’ under the firework display, some Smiths classics from Johnny Marr and of course Snoop were all perfect moments. The weather was on our side with blue skies most of the weekend. We would love to see all the festival-goers back next year for number 11!”


If you’re keen to see new, up and coming acts, with a few established artists thrown in for good measure at an intimate and friendly event then Y Not should be the festival on the top of your list. No question, this is a fantastic festival with plenty on offer whatever your age, interests and musical tastes.



2016 tickets now on sale at special offer ‘tier one’ prices 

Y Not have released tier one tickets for the 2016 edition, for a limited amount of time at the same price as this year via the Y Not Site. Fans should act now to grab a bargain and join Y Not as it enters its second decade. 

A chance to spread the cost of a 2016 ticket will also be on offer via the Y Not payment plan from £9 per month. Festival-goers signing up in August or September will get the first month for free.