Y Not Festival – live preview

Y Not Festival 2012
Near Matlock, Derbyshire
3 – 5 August 2012

We take a look at the line-up for this weekend’s Y Not Festival happening in Derbyshire. 

Y Not, now in its eighth year, may be a small festival with a capacity of 8,000 but it packs a big punch with 2012 headliners The View, The Wombats and We Are Scientists.

Held in the heart of the Peak District it’s not just mainstream indierock on the menu though – Roots Manuva, Reverend and the Makers, Crushing Blows, Pulled Apart by Horses, Vintage Trouble, Rolo Tomassi and Hadouken! are amongst the acts playing across the weekend.

Here’s our top five must-hear acts at Y Not this year:

  • Reverend and the Makers 

    Following hot on the release of their third album, @Reverend_Makers, which has split opinion straight down the middle Jon McClure and co bring realism into pop. We said: “Never has real life sounded so good. The tumbledown of cheap drugs, gritty realism, thrilling escapism, sex, and fish and chip suppers, hedonistic E’s, all night dance music in dank semi-legal cellars, the comedown soundtracked by great guitar music, it’s all in here.” Reverend and the Makers are writing about things people can relate to, making the personal political and doing it in style.

  • Frightened Rabbit 

    Scottish downbeat indie, folk-tinged pop songs and a lyrics that will break your heart and then help you pick up the pieces.

  • Pulled Apart by Horses
    Loud and thrashy LTW have been giving a lot of love to Pulled Apart by Horses recently. Latest single Bromance Ain’t Dead was released a couple of weeks ago and this promises to be a sweaty set resonating to your very core.

  • Crushing Blows
    Kind of punky, kind of electro, a little bit thrash, a little bit pop. Crushing Blows may not be easy to describe but they are definitely worth your time to catch live.
  • Vintage Trouble
    After closing the Calling Out stage at Kendal Calling last Sunday Vintage Trouble bring sultry, swampy, bluesgrass to the Big Gin stage on Saturday afternoon at Y Not. This made to make you dance so put down your pint, get off your picnic rug and move those feet to the Cajun beats.

Also worth checking out – local talent on the Allotment stage, Alright the Captain, Little Comets, The Crookes and Cashier No 9.

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