Y Not Festival is fast becoming one of the
best boutique festivals. Set in the Derbyshire countryside, the festival now in
its 8th year has been awarded Best Small Festival 2012 and Best Toilets Award (we kid you not),
and with a line-up as impressive as this year’s then it’s no surprise it once
again sold out in advance. UK
Est.1987 headed out to the country to bring you all the action from the site. To read our review and watch an exclusive behind the scenes of the festival click below…
Our 2013 Y Not Festival kicked off with southern indie, synthpop five piece Propellers. Well, we say five-piece, bassist Charlie Simpson unfortunately missed half of the set after being held up in traffic. However the band battled on without him and when he eventually joined the stage things kicked up into another gear. Electro rock at its best, new single “Black Mascara” is a crowd favourite. Propellers kicked off Y Not 2013 in style and we expect great things from them this year (7/10). Next up we think we may have found our new favourite band. Sons And Lovers may be only gearing up to release their first single “Ghosts” but they put in an impressively assured and confident performance. Infectious melodies, intricate harmonies and a building epic quality to songs such as “King” and “Golden”, they are reminiscent of bands such as Arcade Fire and Idlewild. One of our favourite sets of the entire weekend and we wait with baited breath to see what is coming next from the quartet (8/10).
|Y-Not 2013 [Photo: Big Dave Photography]|
Female Liverpudlian three-piece Stealing Sheep have been backed by Radio One and quite rightly so. Dark, echoic and percussive and, joined on stage by a group of musicians, they produce a building cacophony of sounds that is truly mesmerising. Quirky and likeable, the set highlight comes in the form of “Shut Eye” (7/10). The sun is just about shining as synth-pop quintet Chapel Club take to the stage. Moody and echoic “Sleep Alone” is minimal and effortless; lead singer Lewis Bowman’s vocals drive the song with ease. “Surfacing” which samples “Dream A Little Dream of Me” is undoubtedly highlight of the band’s set and one of our favourite songs of the entire weekend (7.5/10).
|dan le sav vs Scroobius Pip at Y-Not 2013 [Photo: Big Dave Photography]|
And just as the rain started, again, we were ready to get back under a tent for our second dose of Twisted Wheel. This time lead singer Jonny Brown was joined on stage with full live band; bigger, better and rowdier it is fair to say that things certainly went up a notch from his earlier acoustic set. In typical Twisted Wheel style the Mancunian four-piece stir the crowd into a riot. Playing juiced up versions of Jonny’s earlier solos (as well as some extra treats) they blitz through hits such as “Bad Candy” and “You Stole The Sun”. Their live reputation precedes them and they were a welcome surprise to the festival, leaving everyone thinking Chloe Howl who? (9/10).
Zico Chain may have missed their original time slot at the festival (stuck in M1 traffic) but lucky fans of the band got to see them a couple of hours later at the rescheduled time slot. Slight confusion over the fact it wasn’t Gnarwolves taking to the stage soon subsided as the
rock four-piece delivered
a high octane, fast paced set filled with soaring, old rock style anthems such
as “Where Would You Rather Be? Big riffs and punchy choruses were a wake-up
call for the afternoon, sending a buzz through the tent (8.5/10). London
bring to the stage an eclectic mix of psychedelic sounds. Songs such as
“Ankh” are big and bold with haunting electro sounds with a vintage 60s feel.
The four-piece’s set is filled and epic choruses and long breakdowns. With the
sun blazing down on the festival site, “Shelter Song”, (reminiscent of Beatles
tones) is the perfect up-beat closing song (7/10).
The 1975 are probably one of the bands on everyone’s lips this weekend at Y Not, which could explain why the tent in which they’re playing is overflowing as the huge crowd waits for the
quartet to take to the stage.
Their debut album isn’t even released yet (September 9th if you
wondered) but the majority of the crowd here this evening know every single
word. Song after song, each one could be a hit single. Synth indie rock
highlights of the set are “Chocolate” and “The City”. Pulling in one of the
biggest crowds all weekend The 1975 ooze charisma and are effortless and slick
up on the Quarry Stage. We have a feeling that this is only the beginning (9/10). It is left to Deaf Havana to close the Quarry Stage
out in style. With a new album on the way and
a documentary, the excitement surrounding the band’s show tonight is high. Mixing
old classics with new favourites, and even the odd acoustic track, the set is
the perfect mix of upbeat rock anthems and slower, building tracks. The set
begins with “ Manchester Boston Square”
and “Kings Road Ghosts”, both taken from the forthcoming album, “Old Souls”; their
Springsteen meets Gaslight Anthem, effortlessly infectious and undeniably anthemic.
The quintet then take things back a little to older hits “The Past Six Years”
and “Leeches”. Each song is a crowd favourite and the packed tent is a wave of
movement. A great way to top off day two on the Quarry Stage (9/10).
Ash have been going for well over a decade and their support slot on the mainstage doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Hit after hit, every song better than the next, it was a welcome reminder of just how many good rock songs the Northern Irish band has. “Girl From Mars”, “Shining Light” and closing on “Burn Baby Burn”, the audience were left suitably pleased after their Ash fix; it was only a shame that they weren’t allowed to play longer (9/10). The Cribs round the evening off in a way that only they could. The
trio are on good form; typically jovial and mischievous and joke along with the
crowd. It is a great insight into the back catalogue of the three-piece; “Hey
Scenesters!”, “Men’s Needs” and “I’m A Realist” are great reminders of why we
love the cheeky chappies. Newer album tracks feel a little disjointed set
against huge favourites and fall a little flat. However, the band pull it back
and still manage to deliver an energetic headline worthy finish to day two (8/10). Wakefield
Y Not Festival 2013 well and truly delivered and once again was a worthy sell out. With pre-sale tickets already available for next year we recommend you snap them up and we will see you at the front. Roll on next summer.
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