From the first time I joined the ranks of the Y Notters I have loved this festival. The Peak surroundings give it a backdrop that’s hard to beat, there’s a great mix of punters to match some really diverse but quality music and the vibe is, as it describes itself, “small fresh and loud”. This year was no exception and in fact I think this was probably the best Y Not yet, with a site layout that really improved the flow and the access. The line-up included the likes of Newton Faulkner and British Seapower, Dizzee Rascal and Shed Seven and on Friday it was White Lies and Razorlight who topped the bill.
Razorlight lead Johnny Borrell has clearly jumped on the man-hair band wagon – not sure that’s entirely working for him – still they always deliver a great festival show. Other highlights for me included a couple of non-stage reunions.
Picking up a pass on Sunday for my pal Bill, we bumped into Jarvis Cocker – good to see he still gets his ID checked! – and we had a quick catch-up before he went off to do a bit of Y Not media, sign some pictures and check out indie rock band Palma Violets. They’re on the same Rough Trade Records label as him and released their first album ‘180’ last year.
Also on Sunday Chloe Howl looked completely comfortable on the main stage – she’s just released her first album and it’s hard to believe she’s still only 19. Plus I managed to catch Leeds band The Sunshine Underground (top shot and here)..
…and headlining, Frank Turner bringing things to a close in grand folk/punk style which seemed to entirely fit the Y Not bill.
In short, another great weekend. The weather may have been hit and miss but for me, Y Not remains a complete hit so big thanks, as always to the team.