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Y Not Festival

Y Not Festival
GenreRock, alternative rock, indie rock, dance, world, punk rock, electronic music, reggae, folk, hip hop
DatesLast weekend in July/first weekend in August, usually
Location(s)Peak District, England
Years active2006 - present

The Y Not Festival is an annual music festival held in Pikehall, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. It first took place in 2005, at a disused quarry site as a party for around 120 people organised by Ralph Broadbent who was planning a party in the garden of his parents' house but had to relocate when his parents didn't go away as planned. For the first year it went under the name of the Big Gin Festival (a play on its location near Biggin in the Peak District). The main stage at the festival has retained this name as The Big Gin Stage. The following year it was renamed Y Not Festival with the public being invited and with attendances increasing year on year (to 15,000 in 2015) and eventually relocating to its current site at Pikehall in Derbyshire. As a small independent festival the event has won many awards and accolades such as best small festival in 2012 and the prize for best grass roots event and best toilets at the 2011 UK Festival Awards. In 2016 it was sold to Global Radio's festival division, Broadwick Live, along with Truck Festival and the rest of Broadbent's company (Count of Ten) portfolio. 2017 was the first year under the new management.

Y Not Festival 2018

As a result of the 2017 cancellation, in 2018 Y Not relocated to Aston Hill Farm, close to the old site of Mouldridge Lane. 2018 hosted such bands as The Libertines, Manic Street Preachers, Seasick Steve and Jamiroquai.

Line up

Big Gin Stage

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Reverend and the Makers

The Libertines

Manic Street Preachers

Circa Waves

The Sherlocks

Fickle Friends

The Orielles

King No-One

Nelson Can

Becky Kuek


Catfish & The Bottlemen

Kaiser Chiefs

Seasick Steve

The Amazons

Pale Waves

Maricka Hackman



Sly Digs

Mr Motivator


The Wombats

The Go! Team

Tom Walker

King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys

Bad Sounds



The Quarry Stage

Friday Saturday Sunday
Kurupt FM

Lady Leshurr

Nadia Rose

The Lancashire Hotpots

Easy Life

Everly Pregnant Brothers


DJ Luck & MC Neat

Oddity Road

Vega Bay

The Time Sellers


Tom Grennan


Jade Bird

Beans on Toast


Paris Youth Foundation



Ava Saint

Shadow Child

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club



Lucy Spraggan

Sam Fender

Husky Loops


Soft Boys & Girls Club

Alex Ohm

Daisy Godfrey

The Giant Squid

Friday Saturday Sunday
Moose Blood

Mallory Knox


Astroid Boys

Milk Teeth


Holding Absence

Press to Meco



I Cried Wolf




Goat Girl


Fizzy Blood

When Young


Gaffa Tape Sandy


The Fat White Family




Bloody Knees




Black Futures


Y Not Festival 2017

In 2017 the festival was affected by adverse weather conditions from the Friday and was eventually cancelled by the organisers on the final day.

Line up

Big Gin Stage

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday (Cancelled)

The Skints

Liam Bailey


White Room

The Vaccines (Cancelled)

Clean Bandit

Nothing But Thieves

The Hunna

Sundara Karma


King No-one

Matt Wills



Jake Bugg



Declan McKenna

Clean Cut Kid

Dan Caplan



Two Door Cinema Club

The Happy Mondays

Maxïmo Park

Deaf Havana

Fickle Friends

King Pleasure And The Biscuit Boys

Catherine McGrath

Bad Sounds


The Quarry Stage

Friday Saturday Sunday
Jaguar Skills

Frank Turner



Matt Wills

Tom Grennan

Everly Pregnant Brothers

The Rhythm Method

Oddity Road

One Giant Causeway

Chroma Bay

Idris Elba

Example & DJ Wire

Lethal Bizzle



Beans On Toast


Eyre Llew

Unknown Era


Easy Life

Twin Atlantic

Kate Nash



Will Varley

Off Bloom


Rob Green

Vega Bay

Daisy Godfrey

Y Not Festival 2016

The 2016 festival was held between 28-31 July. It was headlined by Editors, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Madness, The Hives, Catfish and the Bottlemen and The Cribs.

Line up

Big Gin Stage

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
The Coral


By The Rivers


The Cribs

Everything Everything

The Lancashire Hot Pots

Sam Henshaw


Kassassin Street

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Circa Waves

Rat Boy

Eliza and the Bear

Jodie Abacus

The Amazons


New Desert Blues

Mr Motivator


The Hives

Fun Lovin Criminals

Milky Chance

Sunset Sons

King Pleasure & The BB


Will Joseph Cook


The Quarry

Friday Saturday Sunday
DJ Fresh


JP Cooper

Ferocious Dog

Beans on Toast



Rob Green

Silver Wilson

Suspect Alibi

Nice Like Rice

Band of Skulls

Peter Hook and the Light

Pretty Vicious

The Sherlocks

Sundara Karma

Lucy Spraggan

The Mirror Trap


Afterdark Movement

The Tin Pigeons


Lucy Rose


The Magic Gang


Louis Berry


Toby Johnson


Ellie Keegan

The Giant Squid

Friday Saturday Sunday
Deap Valley



Public Access TV


Nai Harvest

Black Foxxes



Kneck Deep

Moose Blood

Dinosaur Pile Up

Black Peaks


Milk Teeth

Blood Youth




Lonely the Brave

Arcane Roots



Reigning Days

Queen Kwong


The Decoy

Y Not Festival 2015

The 2015 festival was held between 31 July and 2 August. The festival was headlined by Snoop Dogg, Basement Jaxx and Primal Scream. Ash, Beans on Toast, Asylums and Bloxed Beats played the festival on Thursday 30 July as the early entry acts.[1]

Line up

Big Gin Stage

The Quarry

Friday Saturday Sunday

The Giant Squid

Friday Saturday Sunday

Y Not Festival 2014

The 2014 festival was held between 1-3 August. The festival was headlined by White Lies, Dizzee Rascal and Frank Turner.[2]

Line up

Big Gin Stage

The Quarry

The Giant Squid

Friday Saturday Sunday
  • Andrew WK
  • Turbowolf
  • Fight Like Apes
  • Brawlers
  • Freeze the Atlantic
  • Tangled Hair
  • Woahnows
  • Emperor Yes
  • Doctrines
  • Bad Grammar

The Allotment

Friday Saturday Sunday
  • Follow You Home
  • Tilted Smile
  • Base 8
  • The Fallows
  • VerseChorusVerse
  • Zara Kershaw
  • The Black Hands
  • The Boy I Used to be
  • ElleKaye
  • Camp Stag
  • One Bomb
  • Crystal Seagulls
  • Bella Diem
  • Exile84
  • Hungerhoff & The Wild Roots
  • Doug Panton
  • Damon Downs
  • Knaves
  • White Giant
  • Jamie Joseph
  • Huskies
  • Crystal Bats
  • Escape To New York
  • Redfaces
  • Joint Honours
  • Stealing Signs
  • 5 Days of November
  • Bleachroom
  • Turn It Up Project

The Hog & Barrel

Friday Saturday Sunday
  • The Sons
  • Flat 24/7
  • Alex Blood and The Diggers
  • Tom Peacock
  • David Lacey
  • Fusion
  • Keto
  • Karl and the Marx Brothers
  • Ben Farmer
  • Secret Set
  • Tall Trees
  • Three Minute Heist
  • Herron Brothers
  • The Most Ugly Child
  • Mo Morris and The Struggling String Band
  • James Dalby
  • Josh Kemp
  • Niall Fitz
  • Kai Swarvett
  • Duncan Oakley (COMEDY)
  • Phil Lucas (COMEDY)
  • Misk Hill Mountain Ramblers
  • Anywyn Williams
  • Josh Savage
  • Harriet
  • Jonathan Eagles
  • Grawlix
  • Roger The Mascot
  • The Philharmonics
  • Ryan Thomas
  • Lindsay and Bobby
  • Jamie Scott
  • The Raymond and Mr Timkins Revue (COMEDY)
  • Laura Lexx (COMEDY)
  • Jamie Beau
  • BB Black Dog
  • Scribble Victory
  • Lonely Robot
  • Steve Faulkner
  • 94 Gunships

Y Not Festival 2013

Line up

Big Gin Stage

The Quarry

The Allotment

The Giant Squid

Y Not Festival 2012

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 three music stages, the "Big Gin Stage", "The Quarry" and "The Allotment", plus the introduction of a new stage "The Giant Squid".

Line up

Big Gin Stage

The Quarry

The Allotment

--------------------Friday-------------------- --------------------Saturday-------------------- --------------------Sunday--------------------
  • 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

--------------------Friday-------------------- --------------------Saturday-------------------- --------------------Sunday--------------------
  • 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

Y Not Festival 2011

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

The festival had three music stages:

  • The main stage called "Big Gin Stage" 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.[3]

Line up

Big Gin Stage

The Quarry

The Allotment

--------------------Friday-------------------- --------------------SATURDAY-------------------- --------------------Sunday--------------------
  • 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. Beardyman and Frank Turner were on the acoustic stage. The festival featured 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 agfurtherain 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

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 two nights.


  1. ^ http://www.ynotfestivals.co.uk/line-up-2015/
  2. ^ http://www.ynotfestivals.co.uk/line-up-2014/
  3. ^ "Glastonbury, Bestival and Y-Not festival are big winners at industry awards - Eighth annual UK Festival awards also sees Ed Sheeran named breakthrough artist of the year". The Guardian - Music. Guardian News and Media. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 2012.

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