Y Not Festival 2017 // Derbyshire - JUly 2017

Words by Tom Hughes // @tomhughes17

  • Y Not Festival sees its final day cancelled, in a shambolic turn of events
  • Weather halted party people in Pikehall’s finest fields
  • Indie line-up makes the best out of a muddy situation
  • See below for: Standout Act, Craziest Crowd, Future Headliner & What We Missed

It's fair to say that Y Not 2017 was an absolute shambles. With a whole day being called off, plus various acts and headliners being cancelled throughout the weekend, thousands were left disappointed by what seems to be a lack of planning for the typical British summer. Reports of understaffing, minimal security and mass theft make us sad to think that what once was a hidden gem of the British festival sphere has undergone a massive fall from grace. Despite the chaos, we have a few words on some one the bands that may have just salvaged any morsel of pride that the festival might have left.

Image: Slaves // @Oliviaahw

Image: Slaves // @Oliviaahw

Craziest Crowd: Slaves

‘F**k the hi-hat!’ was the chant that sheep in the neighbouring fields of Derbyshire could hear half way through Slave’s hour-long set. Opening with ‘Sockets’ the squelching mud field of Y Not’s main stage became a mosh-bath. Isaac and Laurie always give a high energy and heavy performance - their appearance on the Big Gin stage was no exception.

Image: Jake Bugg

Image: Jake Bugg

Stand Out Act: Jake Bugg

Fusing a sound composed of Hip-hop, Country and Indie-rock, Jake Bugg was exceptional in his black cagoule. ‘I don't usually smile but I'm having a good time’ Jake assured us half way through his set. The entire crowd came together in sing-alongs such as ‘Seen It All’, ‘Taste It’, ‘Slumville Sunrise’, and appreciated a goosebump-on-skin acoustic performance of ‘Broken’ to close proceedings.

Image: Declan McKenna // Matilda Afford

Image: Declan McKenna // Matilda Afford

Future Headliner: Declan McKenna

18 year old Declan Mckenna already attracts crowds of teenage girls with the help of his suitably alternative, chilled out vibes. The ‘INDIE DREAMBOAT’, as written on his t-shirt, showed huge potential from his performances of songs from his new album ‘What Do You Think About The Car?’, and for us it’s only a matter of time before his name is top of the line-up poster.

 

Y Not’s punters may feel a little better now that one third of the ticket price has been rumoured to be eventually refunded. However, the festival blues surely felt by many on the journey home this Monday evening will be of a notably different kind.