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Preview: Y Not Festival
By Amy Byers, Blast music reporter
Into its fourth year, Derbyshire's Y Not Festival goes from strength to strength and this year features several well-known names.
View from the main stage
Derbyshire’s most intimate boutique festival is returning to Pikehall in the Peak District for its fourth year from the 31st July-2nd August.
This three day festival is playing host to 60 acts who span the musical spectrum from country folk and indie rock to dance music.
Three stages will be filled with promising new talent from the local area along with more established bands from across the country.
Organisers are hoping for warm weather
The 'Big Gin Stage' which is the main stage, will host the largest acts, including headliners Noah and the Whale, The King Blues, Young Knives, The Sunshine Underground, and Bombay Bicycle Club.
The second stage “The Quarry” provides a more personal atmosphere where gig-goers can watch bands together whilst sitting on hay bales under the marquee.
The 'Beat Barn' is the third stage and is set to be a barrel of laughs, with live comedians performing during the day time.
When the sun goes down the Beat Barn becomes a haven for those who love their dance music, with local DJ’s such as Oli Wynn and Jacktooth spinning the decks.
Thousands of tickets have already been sold
On Friday a tethered hot air balloon will also be on site, enabling some lucky guests to get great views of the stages from above.
The festival was born in a small quarry in 2005 when Ralph Broadbent wanted to organise a party for his friends after they had completed their A levels in summer.
Originally called the 'Big Gin', the festivals name was changed to 'Y Not' as it gained more support and got a licence to become a real festival.
It has grown considerably in the past four years. Its first year attracted 500 people whereas this summer, 4000 people are set to turn up to the event.
Alex Dixon, one of the organisers of the festival said: "Y-Not 2009 is taking a massive step up from last year, not only in the line-up, but all the other activities that are being put on, from salsa to breakdancing and meditation,
The festival prides itself on being anti-corporate. Advertising is not allowed at the event, the organisers prioritise stalls for charities and also make an effort to keep their drinks process down, also offering local ales and ciders.
The festival organiser Ralph Broadbent said "We don't have a separate camping area for bands, everyone camps together.
"If you find yourself sitting round a campfire late at night, chances are you'll end up singing songs with one of the bands you've seen earlier!"
Entry costs £42 for a weekend ticket, all tickets include camping.
Full coverage of the festival can be heard on “The Beat” with Dean Jackson on Saturday night from 6pm.
last updated: 30/07/2009 at 14:51