Y-Not Festival 2nd-4th August 2013, Pikehall

Winner of the Best Small Festival 2012, Y-Not Festival promises to be bigger and better than every before this year. Starting from humble beginning, Y-Not has now firmly established itself on the UK festival calendar. Taking place in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside in at Pikehall near Matlock, this year’s festivities take place over the weekend of 2nd-4th August.

Headlining this year will be The Horrors, The Cribs and The Darkness. Also on the bill this year are the likes of:

Mystery Jets
The Enemy
The Joy Formidable
Dutch Uncles
The Twang
We Were Promised Jetpacks
Kids in Glass Houses
Dans le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
Public Service Broadcasting
Deaf Havana
Electric Six
Three Trapped Tigers

Tickets cost a mere £79 for the weekend which includes camping. To find out more about Y-Not, book tickets and see the full line-up visit:

Location: Matlock

How to get to site: Shuttle Bus from Matlock or Buxton, Onsite parking

Beer Prices/ Selection: Great selection at good prices, with a couple of really good real ale/ Cider tents

Campsite: Close to the arena, but with limited facilities, there are a couple of Shower blocks but avoid at peak times like mornings as the queues are large

Clientele: the festival attracts Families and young people rather than lager louts and stag doos

Acts that have played before: King Charles, Subways, pulled apart by horses

Other stuff to do Its pretty much all about the music, but there are also some great tents to amuse the kids teaching crafts and circus skills

Ticket Prices: £79

Security Staff: Barely noticeable, until needed. providing a safe atmosphere without frisking you everytime you walk round a corner.

Toilets: Not sure why they won the best toilets award in 2011, as the loos were badly placed and never noticeably cleaned. with large queues.


The Y-NOT name transfers to the atmosphere of this great laid back festival. for £79  its a great price for the selection of bands you will see, especially if you are looking to see the next best thing before they make it to the big time. The smaller tents host a real eclectic choice of genres and atmospheres its well worth checking out.


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