On Friday, I made my way over to the Peak District in Derbyshire for my first festival of the year – Y Not Festival. This was also to be my first time camping at a festival and I was really excited to spend the weekend in my tent, experience the festival fully and see some of my favourite bands. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side at all as it rained heavily for most of the day on Friday and then during the night on Saturday meaning that the ground was completely ruined and the site was deemed unsafe for the public – the festival had to be called off. However, despite all of this, I did enjoy myself so here’s the best bits of Y Not Festival 2017.
Getting to Y Not Festival was easy enough, I just booked a train from Lichfield Trent Valley to Buxton and booked a coach from Buxton Station to the festival which was only £10 return. Getting from the station to the festival took quite a lot longer than it usually would as the roads were congested which is to be expected when something as big as a festival is being put on but it was a lot easier than driving there.
As we had Press Accreditation, we were able to camp in the VIP Campsite which I was really pleased about as that meant that we had access to decent toilets and showers if we needed them. It was a bit further to walk from the arena, which meant that we had to trek through a lot of mud to get there and back so I tried to avoid going back and forth too many times. As I was essentially on my own (Rachel was also there with her plus one, but I didn’t have anyone to take) I decided to just go for a basic pop up tent from Eurohike which I picked up in Millets. It leaked a little bit but the rain was terrible, so I’m sure any other weekend it would have been fine!
While we were putting our tents up it started to rain which wasn’t a great start to the weekend, but luckily I was wearing my Dr Marten boots and our campsite wasn’t muddy at all where we pitched. I’m glad I took a stash of carrier bags and baby wipes with me to wipe down my boots over the weekend! It’s bloody typical that the first time I ever camp at a festival we get so much rain, British weather is so unpredictable!
Despite the rain coming down on Friday afternoon, there was still quite a crowd at the Big Gin Stage for Nothing But Thieves who are one of my favourite bands. I’d seen them twice before and they always put on a great show, so I was excited to see them at a festival and hear their two new songs ‘Amsterdam’ and ‘Sorry’ live for the first time. They really didn’t disappoint, even though their set was cut short by 15 minutes, they still managed to play eight songs, including their two new ones and the crowd loved them. Conor (the lead singer) even made his way into the crowd at the end of the set!
1. Ban All The Music
2. Wake Up Call
6. If I Get High
7. Trip Switch
Clean Bandit were meant to play a full set but unfortunately the weather was too bad for them to set up their equipment, so they had to improvise and do a short DJ set. They only managed to play four songs much to the disappointment of the crowd, but it was the best decision as the rain was coming down heavily and was making the stage dangerous for the acts.
Shortly before Friday’s headline act, The Vaccines were due to appear on stage, it was announced that their set was cancelled due to the weather. There were a lot of angry people in the crowd who were disappointed that they couldn’t see their favourite band, but it was obviously the best decision for both The Vaccines and the crowd. We went over to one of the other stages and caught a bit of Frank Turner’s set before heading back to our tents.
On Saturday morning, as I was walking through the arena looking for the cash machines so I could get money out for a coffee, I bumped into the legendary Mr. Motivator! He had just done a workout on one of the stages but I wasn’t ready early enough to go along, so I’m glad I managed to spot him and he was nice enough to stop for me and take a selfie.
The main reason why I wanted to go to Y Not Festival was to see the fantastic Stereophonics perform again. I’d already seen them three times (you can read all about the last time I saw them in Birmingham here) and I absolutely love them. I decided to watch them from the side of the stage (right by the Press Office) as I just couldn’t deal with all of the mud and didn’t have to worry about being pushed around. I got a perfect view from where I was and there were only four of us watching from that spot. Their set had to be brought forward a little bit as it was due to rain at around 10pm, but they still got to play a full set and it was brilliant. It was great to hear all of the old classics along with their brand new single All in One Night.
1. C’est La Vie
2. I Wanna Get Lost With You
3. Caught By The Wind
4. Have A Nice Day
6. I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio
7. Maybe Tomorrow
8. White Lies
10. Highway To Hell (AC/DC cover)
11. Paranoid (Black Sabbath cover)
12. Gimme All Your Lovin’ (ZZ Top cover)
13. Dancing In The Dark (Bruce Springsteen cover)
14. Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin cover)
15. Mr And Mrs Smith
16. Mr Writer
17. Grafitti on the Train
18. Indian Summer
19. All in One Night
20. Just Looking
21. A Thousand Trees
22. Local Boy In The Photograph
23. The Bartender and the Thief
After Stereophonics had finished their set, we made our way to the VIP area where we discussed what we were going to do the following day. We’d made the decision to go home even though there was another day left of the festival, but the mud was just too much and the weather forecast was predicting thunderstorms. I went back to my tent to call my dad and make arrangements before going to sleep. On my way back, I could barely walk through the mud and I kept getting stuck – my feet were sinking down into the ground and I had to get random men to hoist me out of it, so this definitely helped me to decide that going home was the best decision.
On Sunday morning, we awoke to the news that the rest of the festival had been cancelled and everyone was panicking and packing away their tents. Luckily, I only live an hour away from Pikehall so my dad was able to easily come and get me but poor Rachel had to get back to Scarborough.
Despite the bad weather and the cancellations, I had a great time and I would definitely go back next year as long as the rain stays away! You can watch the best bits from over the weekend on my vlog below.