“It’s got the Glastonbury vibe and it’s not commercial.”
That was the view from a festival goer, one of 10,000 who packed into this year’s sell-out Y Not Festival, held among the idyllic rolling hills at Pikehall, near Matlock, at the weekend.
Now in its eighth year, the event has ballooned in size and popularity, this year drawing headliners from The Darkness to The Cribs, Ash and The Enemy. There was also a surprise appearance by Sheffield’s Reverend And The Makers.
And with a glut of festival activities, from quirky sculptures, dodgems, 50s style drive-in cinema, massage areas plus carts to hire to push along younger festival goers, this family-friendly festival showed it really does have something for everyone.
Ash, the penultimate band on the Big Gin Stage on Saturday night, got the crowd rocking with favourites including Walking Barefoot and Burn Baby Burn. But while the big names drew the crowds, the festival proved it hasn’t forgotten its roots. Derbyshire’s Natterjacks were one of the many local bands to take advantage of a homegrown festival when they took to the stage on Friday afternoon.
Last year, Y Not received the Best Small Festival accolade. Organisers must surely now be in for similar success.