Review // Y Not Festival 2012
Y Not Festival really has flourished – and watching it grow has most certainly been a pleasure. A significant increase in capacity, popularity and reputation has been an absolute treat to experience as we compare the 2012 provision of the festival to how it was back in 2010. Only two years ago – but what a difference.
Gracing the picturesque countryside of Derbyshire (of course), Y Not once again manages to host a lineup guaranteed to please any type of ear – giving everyone a wholly enjoyable weekend of some of the best classic and up- and-coming indie, rock, alternative and heavy metal acts of recent years, with everything in between. If not, well, you can always wait at the shisha tent.
Being handed flyers in promotion of the smaller bands on the Friday resulted in our decision to check out a few of those we’d never heard of before – which turned out to be a decent one. Heading to The Quarry stage just in time for Proxies showed promise for the rest of the weekend as both the ‘fresh’ and ‘loud’ aspects of Y Not’s very own slogan were immediately fulfilled. However, fans were still left somewhat disappointed with the lack of the darker, electronic tones in the live setting – something which had been promised by the bands recorded tracks. Fortunately, Sound of Guns left us enthralled as we headed over to The Big Gin stage – finding ourselves totally isolated within this rare sense of optimism provided by the entirely uplifting vocals of frontman, Andy Metcalfe. A promising first day of music was later put to bed by a hugely anticipated set provided by toxic mathcore five-piece, Rolo Tomassi – creating an enticing aurora of acidic theatrics in their headlining of The Giant Squid stage leaving us in a delightful sense of awe as we reluctantly (and perhaps a little drunkenly) returned to the campsite.
ved at Y Not’s Giant Squid stage – just as successfully as it has previously in the supporting slots of similarly bleak (yet captivating) bands such as British Sea Power and Editors.Burton-upon-Trent’s home grown legends Max Raptor then opened our final day of Y Not festivities with the explosive kind of performance they have begun to (understandably) pride themselves on. As hordes of loving fans swarmed to get that dirty yet familiar sense of rock-fused involvement, frontman and vocalist Wil Ray was always with them (literally, with them) to lead a form of adrenaline-fuelled chaos that The Quarry didn’t seem to recognise. Later however we found ourselves charmed, charged with hedonism and romance and then somehow charmed again by Sunderland’s Frankie & the Heartstrings. Forget your dancing shoes? Don’t worry, Frankie’s got a spare pair.
An unforgettable day and weekend was later (regrettably) brought to an end by a fantastically superior set provided by We Are Scientists. Our 15-year- old-selves were beaming ear to ear after an entirely danceable, singable and generally enjoyable performance you simply would not get anywhere else – especially thanks to the inter-song banter. Cheers boys.
With all of this in mind, the concluding moments of Y Not Festival 2013 somehow led to us asking ourselves a series of peculiar questions on reflection of a superb weekend – “Did I really spend that much on a bacon roll?”, “Was this ‘Superbitch’ spray-on tattoo on my chest really necessary?” One question we will not be asking ourselves however is whether we’ll be returning for Y Not Festival 2013. It’s simply a question of how long we can stand the wait.