Y-Not: (noun) A festival for the sake of it; YOLO is the underlying foundation.

This festival houses itself in the Peak District, having a diverse and well crafted line up with some of the best names in music. Okay, maybe not the best names, but they definitely add a level of credibility to the bill.

As Y-Not were celebrating its 10th anniversary I thought “why not?” was the right attitude to have. Now I’m left thinking am I festival snob? Or was Y-Not really that bad?

It’s like the festival organisers just want to hit you with a wave of nostalgia or just hold a  really good party, which apparently means Snoop Dogg doing a set of featured tracks and shouting GO! It seems you really do get what you pay for at Y-Not.

One campsite of around 5,000 people had to fight among 34 toilets despite Y-Not priding themselves on ‘Best Toilets’ in 2011. These were the worst toilets I’ve ever seen at a festival. Shows a lot can change in four years. Water, another essential. You need it to survive. Not at Y-Not! It seems they either want you to bring ample supply or pay £1.50 per bottle because a map and a compass were needed to find the 3 taps that were on site. Apparently it’s too much trouble to ask a member of staff for help – their heads just explode at this simple request.

But it’s all about the music right?

Blossoms took you on a psychedelic wave with splashes of indie pop leaving you always wanting more. Slaves were by far one of the best acts of the whole weekend, for two people their set certainly packed a punch. We Are Scientists gave me the nostalgia I was looking for with some comedy surrounding a pineapple in the crowd. Gengahr were easily the best sounding act and these guys just get better with every performance. But for me Nick Mulvey made the whole weekend worth it, with beautiful acoustic melodies he encompassed that singing around a campfire kind of vibe in the most humbling of ways. There were so many incredible acts over the weekend, it’s just a shame that 60% of Y-Notters were more concerned by updating their snapchat story.

If Y-Not taught me anything; it’s that it is the perfect first festival to go to, but for me I won’t be attending again.

The festival has some nice ideas but it seems the organisers cannot be bothered to invest time or money and also suffer with the “that’ll do attitude.” Y-Not suffers from an identity crisis and it seems they don’t actually know who their demographic are, because if they did the would make the Giant Squid stage bigger.

Maybe I’ll attend Y-Not again when; the stages have better sound quality, the water points are visible and when they double the amount of toilets on site and maybe gender segregate them, or is that asking too much.

But for £89.50 for a weekend Y-BLOODY-NOT?


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