Y Not Festival

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This article is about the music festival. For the album by Ringo Starr, see Y Not.
Y Not Festival
Location(s) Peak District, England
Years active 2006-Present
Founded by Ralph Broadbent
Date(s) first weekend in August, usually
Genre Rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock, Dance, World music, Punk rock, Electronic music, Reggae, Folk music, Hip hop.
Website ynotfestivals.co.uk

The Y Not Festival is an annual music festival held in Pikehall, Derbyshire, United Kingdom.

Y Not Festival 2012[edit]

The 2012 festival was held between 3–5 August. The festival was headlined by The View, The Wombats and We Are Scientists. The festival returned to its usual site in Pikehall.

The festival saw the return of its 3 music stages the "Big Gin Stage", "The Quarry" and "The Allotment" plus the introduction of a new stage "The Giant Squid".

Line up[edit]

Big Gin Stage[edit]


The Quarry[edit]

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The Allotment[edit]

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  • Naymedici
  • Spotlight Kid
  • Tray Electric
  • Long Dead Signal
  • The King Bains
  • The Maffa Kings
  • Taylor and the Masons
  • Cocktail Mondays
  • The Family Rain
  • The Stand
  • Escape To New York
  • The Quangos
  • Auction for the Promise Club
  • The Fallows
  • The Barnum Meserve
  • The Kickliner
  • House of Thieves
  • Neon Railroad
  • Ethan Ash
  • The Vibe
  • Hudson Super Six
  • Frontiers
  • Mantandasun
  • Alex Blood and Diggers
  • Great Scott
  • Micro Jupiter
  • Yearbook
  • The Boobytraps
  • These Mortal Cities
  • Aphrodite and the Alphabet

The Giant Squid[edit]

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  • Rolo Tomassi
  • Canterbury
  • Straight Lines
  • Brontide
  • &U&I
  • Delta Alaska
  • Juniors
  • Alright the Captain
  • Scatty Neighbours
  • I Like Trains
  • The XCERTS
  • Turbowolf
  • Hawk Eyes
  • Tall Ships
  • Freeze The Atlantic
  • InFlightProgram
  • Without Maps
  • Trillionaires
  • Lower Than Atlantis
  • Exit Ten
  • Marmozets
  • Black and Reds
  • Fever Fever
  • Them Wolves
  • The Hush
  • Bleech
  • Troops of Mafeking

Previous Y Not Festivals[edit]

Y Not Festival 2011[edit]

The 2011 festival was held between 5–7 August. The festival was headlined by The Go! Team, Feeder and Maximo Park. The festival was once again located in Pikehall.

The festival had 3 music stages:

  • The Main Stage called "Big Gin Stage" which has been named after the first festival
  • A smaller stage called "The Quarry" named after the location of the 2006 festival
  • "The Allotment" was a new addition to 2011 which hosted a variety of local bands. "The Allotment" stage was named after a competition was held on Facebook and Twitter.

The festival won two categories at the UK Festival Awards, the grass roots festival award and the prize for the best toilets.[1]

Line up[edit]

Big Gin Stage[edit]

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The Quarry[edit]

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The Allotment[edit]

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  • Max Raptor
  • These Waves
  • Tilted Smile
  • Son of Eagle
  • These Mortal Cities
  • Fixit Kid
  • Scutty Neighbours
  • JonPaul Palumbo
  • Severn
  • Mabel Love
  • Starlings
  • The Rash
  • TBA
  • The Fideal Effect
  • Si Tew
  • Stayaways
  • Tribute to Nordberg
  • The King Bains
  • The Hush
  • James Warner Prophecies
  • The Sons
  • Whitemoor
  • RightClickSaveAs
  • Crushing Blows
  • From Eleanor
  • Ejectorseat
  • TBA


The Y Not Festival in 2010 was headlined by The Futureheads, The Subways and The Mystery Jets. Other acts included Blood Red Shoes, Los Campesinos, Darwin Deez, King Pleasure and the Bisuit Boys, OK Go, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Twisted Wheel, Turin Brakes, Rox, Little Comets, Kid British, Daisy Dares You, Slow Club, Goldheart Assembly, Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun, Tubelord, Foy Vance, Max Raptor, Fenech Soler, Sparrow and the Workshop, THePETEBO], Doll & The Kicks, Sketches, Matthew P, Morning Parade, 51/50s, Kill It Kid, and North Atlantic Oscillation


The Y Not Festival sold out in 2009. The line up on the main stage included The Sunshine Underground, The King Blues, Noah and the Whale, Young Knives, Nine Black Alps, Shotshotstacy, and Esser. Along with Beardyman and Frank Turner on the acoustic stage. Plus many other artists and DJs over the three days of live music.


The third Y Not Festival was again held at Pikehall, Derbyshire. The festival expanded once again and around 2000 people attended over three days. Bigger and more well known acts such as the Mystery Jets, Cage the Elephant, and Frank Turner were on the bill. though neither the Mystery Jets or Cage the Elephant turned up.


The Second Y Not Festival was at held at a new venue, Pikehall, Derbyshire. This allowed the festival to sprawl over a larger area. Around 1000 people attended over the three days.


The first Y Not Festival was held in a quarry in Derbyshire. Around 500 people attended over three days. Many of the bands that played were unsigned or local. A DVD documentary was made about this festival.

Big Gin[edit]

Before it was even known as Y Not Festival it was a small gathering of sixth form pupils from Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Ashbourne. The gathering had a few local bands and a couple of DJs played on 2 nights.