Festival Review – Y Not Festival 2016

What a weekend this was. Four days in rural, sheep-infested Derbyshire with great friends, even greater music and the greatest of campsite shenanigans. For pretty much half the cost of some of the larger UK festivals I’ve attended in the past such as Reading and Leeds, you can experience just as much excitement at smaller festivals such as Y Not. My weekend ticket and early entry pass cost around £120 in total and that was the third tier of sale. If you’re smart and buy early then you might even dip below that sweet £100 mark.

It’s fair to say that the main advantage of Y Not is its unbelievable value for money. I saw fifteen acts over the course of the weekend including huge names such as The Cribs, Catfish And The Bottlemen and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, all of whom were incredible. Noely G’s set was iconic and featured a sprinkling of Oasis magic with heavy hitters ‘Wonderwall’, ‘Champagne Supernova’ and my personal favourite ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’, all bellowed out by the thousands in attendance. Catfish And The Bottlemen were the band that I was most looking forward to seeing at the festival and they certainly did not disappoint. Their set was the perfect mix of old and new, absolutely smashing their more recent singles ‘7’, ‘Soundcheck’, and ‘Twice’ as well as paying homage to their faultless debut album with bangers ‘Tyrants’, ‘Cocoon’, and ‘Business’ all featuring. Music carried on long into the night at Y Not, we all know that after a beverage or two everyone gets their dancing shoes on and the line-up catered to just that. Highlights included DJ Fresh, Mike Skinner and The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club.

Getting to and from the festival was relatively pain-free. Despite this, I would strongly recommend travelling by car as Y Not is probably about as rural as it gets. I can liken the Y Not site to that of a Duke of Edinburgh expedition. Endless stone walls, the occasional sight of livestock, and the rather odd situation of trying to socialise in an environment that always smells ever so slightly of shit. But anyway, once central Derby has been traversed it’s tight country roads for the rest of the way so take it easy! Back at the arena, post or pre-set nourishment is well taken care of with a large variety of food and drink available. Prices are unavoidably steep but won’t burn too much of a hole in your pocket if you’re sticking to one or two hot meals a day. If you ever get the chance to go I would strongly recommend the jerk chicken mac ‘n’ cheese, pretty damn tasty. Thankfully, getting into the arena is laughably stress-free. Security is extremely lax so smuggling in drink is unlikely to be a problem for even the least sneaky of bastards. To summarise then, I would consider Y Not to be one of the most enjoyable festivals that I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Would I ever attend again? Y Not eh!?!?

Pug-Rating: 4/5 Pugs

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