Festival Preview: Y Not 2016

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29-31 July 2016, Derbyshire

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 Words: Fi Carroll

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It’s almost that time of year again when the peaceful Peak District countryside is transformed into the four day musical extravaganza that is Y Not Festival, with stunning views, more live bands than you could possibly hope to see in one setting and a tone of festival frolics to keep you entertained when the music winds down it’s no wonder Derbyshire’s Y Not has previously earned the title of Best Small Festival in 2012 and Best Medium Festival just last year. I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing all this first hand on several occasions and 2016 sees me continue my biennial tradition of heading to Y Not. To say I’m excited about this would be a massive understatement for me it’s the most anticipated festival of the year so if you haven’t got a ticket to the hottest festival in town you’re about to miss out spectacularly as this year is now officially sold out. If you’re headed to Y Not or just want to see what amazing bands you’ll be missing out on check out our pick of top bands to watch at this year’s festival and then get planning your weekend right here





It’s all about The Allotment Stage as Y Not gets in full swing on Friday with JD Rocks and This Feeling uniting again I’m pretty tempted to just hitch my tent up next to this stage and set up camp right there, the line-up for each day is simply that good . If you love the best of upcoming bands out there this is stage to be at:

The Assist – The Allotment Stage 12:00

“The next big thing from Birmingham” is how stage curators This Feeling describe West Midlands quartet The Assist so it’s no surprise they chose this band to kick off the festivities at Y Not. If you’ve listened to any of the band’s previous releases you’ll know they have a pretty diverse back catalogue all impressive, but with recent EP Nyabinghi The Assist seem to be moving in a different direction and really defining their style one that’s definitely working track Love is definitely their best release to date.

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Judas – The Allotment Stage 13:00

Popped favourites Judas have been on our radar for some time now and each and every time I catch them play they impress me more and more regardless of the venue Judas always seem to be “hosting their own stadium sized show” catch them on the small stage whilst you can.

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The Jackobins – The Allotment Stage 14:00

Arguably one of the hardest working upcoming bands out there, The Jackobins are guaranteed to be one of  my highlights of the festival. With new single Hasty released this month, the Liverpool six piece continue to deliver killer track after killer track. Wicked guitar riffs, stunning vocals, an abundance of energy and stage presence The Jackobins are pretty much everything you’d want in a great rock band, but don’t just take my word for it check them out for yourselves.

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The line-up is for Saturday is already posing a major headache with so many fantastic bands across all stages again The Allotment stage features a whole host of bands I’d highly recommend with stiff competition coming from The Big Gin Stage, here’s just a few of the bands that you need to add to your Y Not schedule:

Samm Henshaw – The Big Gin Stage 3.30pm

I was recently introduced to Samm Henshaw at Liverpool Sound City’s Delegates party and have been itching to catch him again with a mixture of soul, pop and funk this guy certainly knows how to put on one hell of a show definitely one of the most entertaining artists I’ve seen this year.

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Listen to These Hands here:

Sundara Karma : The Quarry 17:00

Reading band Sundara Karma seem to be anywhere and everywhere at the moment having already played a whole host of UK dates this year their set at Y Not is just one of many festival slots for the indie foursome. Having being described as making songs fit for stadiums Sundara Karma are soaring right now and with tracks such as Diamond Cutter and Loveblood it’s no wonder they’ve already earned that reputation, having not caught this band live yet I’m pretty excited to see them in action.

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Watch the video for A Young Understanding here:


The Amazons : The Big Gin Stage 14:30

Another of Reading’s hottest upcoming bands The Amazons have made our list of bands you really need to check out at this year’s Y Not Festival I first caught these guys earlier in the year opening up for The Strypes intimate gig at Liverpool’s iconic Zanzibar and have been watching them closely ever since. Popped also sat down with the guys for an interview which you should really be checking out too.

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Vant: The Big Gin Stage 14:20

Top of my list of Sunday’s acts are Vant and not just because Greenie Green is one of my favourite drummers, but because they’re a cool cool punk band!! On record tracks Parking Lot and Fly By Alien stick in your head from that very first listen, but it’s seeing them live that that they come into their own with their energy fuelled and impulsive performances. With a jam packed festival season and the release of their debut album on the horizon Vant are undoubtedly on the verge of something big watch this space!

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Listen to Karma Seeker here:


Sunset Sons: The Big Gin Stage 16:20

Debut album Very Rarely Say Die is one of my favourite releases so far this year and having watched Sunset Sons over the past couple of years, and even jump on board their tour bus at last year’s Live At Leeds Festival, I’ve been desperately waiting to catch this band back on the road again. Expect ear worms and plenty of leaping.

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Watch the video for Somewhere Maybe here:

The Cape Race: The Saloon 22:00

It’s been that long since Manchester band The Cape Race gigged and I’d pretty much given up hope of ever seeing them play live again. Despite releasing the stunning Now, Voyager almost two years ago, the band had virtually disappeared, so it was a welcomed surprise to see them added to this year’s line up. Wellcome back boys let’s hope this is the beginning of a new chapter for the incredibly talented The Cape Race.

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Listen to Terrible Things, Terrible People here:



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