Y Not Festival returns to the Peak District for its 13th instalment from 27th to 29th July 2018.
Featuring headliners The Libertines, Catfish and the Bottlemen, and (in a UK festival exclusive) Jamiroquai, this year the Pikehall, Derbyshire event moves to Aston Hill Farm, adjacent to the previous site on Mouldridge Lane.
“We’re so happy to be back with our biggest line-up to date. There are a lot of changes and improvements being made to make sure the festival is the best it’s ever been in 13 years and I’m excited that we can come back stronger than ever,” says festival organiser Simon Mawbey.
This year’s line-up also includes legends like Manic Street Preachers (who release their new album Resistance Is Futile in April), Leeds’ festival favourites Kaiser Chiefs, indie rockers Fat White Family, blues icon Seasick Steve, and punk heroes Buzzcocks.Representing the new generation are names like Pale Waves, The Amazons, Tom Grennan, Circa Waves, and The Sherlocks.
“We love this festival, one of the best in the UK,” The Sherlocks said when the line-up was announced. “We are where we belong, on the main stage. It would be an honour to one day come back and headline.”
Shortly afterwards, they were taken to task for making a preemptive move towards the headline slot by tweaking the official event poster to give themselves higher billing, at the expense of The Amazons.
The Amazons hit back during their Cambridge show last week, at one point declaring: “We are The Sherlocks.”
Preferring to leave the drama on stage rather than social media, are Friday night headliners The Libertines. Since completing their most recent album Anthems For Doomed Youth in July 2015, Carl Barât, Pete Doherty, John Hassall, and Gary Powell have dominated stages like they did 15 years ago. After filling in for Foo Fighters at that year’s Glastonbury, they headlined T In The Park and the Reading & Leeds Festivals. In 2016 they played seven arena shows across the UK, while last year featured appearances at festivals like Tramlines, Truck, and On Blackheath.
“We’re completely blessed that things have worked out this way,” Doherty said back in 2015. “I just feel there’s more to come.”
The same could be said of Catfish and the Bottlemen who, in 2014, surfaced with their now platinum-certified debut album The Balcony. Its follow-up, 2016’s The Ride, has gone gold on the back of 18 months of global touring that included sold-out dates at Wembley Arena. After a nine-month hiatus from the road, during which time they’ve been working on their third LP, Van McCann, Johnny Bond, Benji Blakeway, and Bob Hall are returning to local stages this summer.
Set to play Coachella in April, Jamiroquai’s UK calendar is less full, with the funksters headlining just one local festival this year. Their Y Not Sunday performance is sure to feature hits from the eight albums they’ve released since forming in 1992. Despite sales in excess of 26 million units, a Grammy, and the Guinness Book of World Records title for best-selling funk album of all time (for 1996’s Travelling Without Moving), frontman Jay Kay continues to write, record, and perform, touring extensively since releasing UK top 5 album Automaton last year.
For more Y Not Festival info and ticket sales, visit ynotfestival.co.uk.