Peak District based festival Y Not kicks off at the end of July, running from the 28th to the 30th. Since its small roots as a private party, the festival has grown exponentially, now pulling huge names from the indie scene and beyond. This year, industry titans Royal Blood, Kasabian and Paul Weller are set to headline The Big Gin Stage, with a variety of other acts to enjoy over the weekend across several diverse stages.
The hugely popular rock duo Royal Blood close out the Friday, but not before main-stage sets from:
  • The Wombats
  • The Reytons
  • The K’s
  • Feet
  • Daisy Brain
  • Rose Gray


We Shoot Music Top Picks: One highlight of the Friday, occurs over on The Giant Squid stage, with the 1-2 punch of Kid Kapichi and The Pigeon Detectives set to close out the evening.

The Big Gin Stage is headed up on Saturday by Sergio Pizzorno led Kasabian, following sets from:

  • James
  • The Lathums
  • Sophie Ellis-Bextor
  • Caity Baser
  • Heather Small
  • Red Rum Club
  • The Lancashire Hotpots
  • Mr Motivator


We Shoot Music Top Picks: Wunderhorse can be found over on The Giant Squid stage later in the evening. A relatively new band, who released a phenomenal debut last year with ‘Cub’. Any fans of 90s rock/grunge, from Radiohead to Nirvana should be sure to check these guys out.


We Shoot Music Top Picks: Over on The Quarry stage is another gem; The Murder Capital. A post-punk outfit hailing from Dublin, and a band with two solid albums under their belt. These are a sure-fire hit for any fans of Fontaines D.C., Shame, IDLES, Joy Division, etc.


The Modfather himself Paul Weller closes out the weekend on Sunday, after a stacked main-stage lineup including:

  • DMA’S
  • The Charlatans
  • Jamie Webster
  • KT Tunstall
  • Shadows of a Silhouette
  • King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys


Y Not also offers a ‘Thursday Upgrade Ticket’, allowing campers to pitch up early, and enjoy an extra evening of music, headlined by indie-heroes Bombay Bicycle Club, with support from Circa Waves, The Blinders, Ellie Dixon, Swim School and Cowboyy.


We Shoot Music Top Picks: The Blinders have been around the scene for a while with their unique blend of indie and punk rock, however recently found a fresh reinvention of their sound after a line-up change. Be sure to catch these guys if you’re heading down on the Thursday!

We Shoot Music Top Picks: Cowboyy are a young band who dropped their debut EP, Epic The Movie, back in March. Defined by a math-rock sound, any fans of their fellow Windmill Brixton alumni such as Black Midi, Black Country, New Road, and Squid should have Cowboyy on their watchlist.
Y Not is set to have another great year, with the first three tiers of tickets now sold out. However, if the lineup sounds like your cup of tea, it’s not too late to get in on the action, with tier 4 tickets are still available here: https://ynotfestival.com/tickets/. We certainly can’t wait to check out the incredible acts and entertainment over the weekend!


Philip Goddard

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