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Festival preview: Y Not 2018

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Returning to the Peak District for their thirteenth year, Y Not Festival’s stellar line-up promises a weekend of drunk dancing and family fun.

It’s fair to assume that the organisers are praying to the Lord above that the heavens don’t open up this year, after last Summer’s event was rained off and cancelled on the Sunday. Don't let that put you off though... lessons have been learned and this year they're fully prepared for if the typical British Summer wants to make an appearance.

This year’s acts are lead by The Libertines, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Jamiroquai, joined high up on the bill by Kaiser Chiefs, Manic Street Preachers, The Wombats… and The Sherlocks?

Okay, so they’re a little lower down the bill (great Photoshop, lads), alongside other bound-to-be highlights Circa Waves, Peace and The Orielles.

There’s a real mix of acts. For the pop fans, Fickle Friends, Pale Waves and Bad Sounds are shaking up the main stage over the weekend, while Jade Bird and Lucy Spraggan will be singing soufully behind their guitars on the Quarry Stage. Lady Leshurr is set to give the sassiest performance, Buzzcocks headline the Giant Squid for the ideal Saturday night and Dead! take the stage on Friday which isn’t to be missed.

It’s a complete variety, a ‘something-for-everyone’ festival that'll cater to all your mates… so it’s the perfect place to head to in a big group.

Priding themselves as a family festival (because it’s important to teach your kids about good music from a young age), people of all ages are made to feel at home. This year sees a brand new family area named Strawberry Fields installed, with a fabulous ‘Yellow Submarine’ main stage and The Garden, providing all day fun, games and magic shows. Traditional festival favourites such as the trapeze and fire pit are making a return, too - kids under twelve go free; there won’t be a whine of “I’m bored!” once all weekend!

Whats more, as is now Y Not tradition, Mr Motivator will be on the main stage on Saturday morning to help shake off that hangover.

Y Not Festival runs 26th - 29th July in Pikehall, Derbyshire. Tickets are available to buy here.

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