Event is back – bigger than ever

YNot.''Jamie Woon is one of the rising stars at the 2011 event.
YNot.''Jamie Woon is one of the rising stars at the 2011 event.

THE popular Y Not Festival returns to Pikehall early next month for what organisers believe will be its biggest and best year yet.

This year Y Not Festival takes place at Pikehall near Matlock from August 5-7 and will see over 80 bands draw 5,000 people to the area for one of Derbyshire’s most exciting weekends, a music event on a national scale.

The various stages, against an idyllic backdrop, will host music of every genre, including rock, indie, pop, blues, electronica, jazz and soul.

Headliners Maximo Park are a British alternative rock band from Newcastle. The lads will be making one of their extremely rare appearances this summer to bring the curtains down on Y Not at the close of the weekend. On Sunday evening, with the Big Gin Stage as their launch pad, they will belt out some monster hits, such as Apply Some Pressure, Books From Boxes and Our Velocity.

A spokesperson for the festival said, “Maximo Park have been a band we have dreamt of billing for some time and fortunately this year it became possible. We are all fans ourselves. Their live show is pure energy. Packed with such great songs they are the perfect band to close the festival.”

Also headlining over the weekend are Feeder, first formed 16 years ago.

This year, they provide headline duties on Saturday evening on the Big Gin Stage. With an enviable back catalogue of big, singalong anthems, they are tailor made for rounding off a warm summer’s evening of evocative live music.

To date, Feeder have had 4.5 million record sales, six full length-studio albums, as well as the double platinum Singles Collection from 2006.

In many ways, Feeder are the perfect headline act. They will take to the stage knowing exactly what to do and how to do it. If they don’t get 5,000 people dancing with their arms in the air as the sun sets, then nothing will.

As part of its eclectic line up, Y Not Festival also hosts today’s best up and coming acts. These include British singer songwriter Jamie Woon, indie rock band Egyptian Hip Hop, who hail from the Greater Manchester area, and Benjamin Francis Leftwich, a York-born singer/songwriter who has gained the strong endorsement of Radio 1 DJs Fearne Cotton and Greg James.

Local talent is not ignored and The Rash are four charming young lads from Ashbourne who like to listen and play good music while having fun with it. They play an intriguing blend of folk and eastern-styled acoustic music, drawing heavily on influences such as Simon and Garfunkel and the Beach Boys.

With a number of stages to choose from, countless workshops to participate in, performance art and cabaret to enjoy, Y Not once again aims to offer something to suit all tastes.

Ticket details and further information about the festival are available at www.ynotfestivals.co.uk