Excitement is building in the run-up to this summer’s biggest draw for music lovers in Derbyshire.
The YNot festival will once again be taking over a greenfield site at Pikehall, between Buxton and Matlock.
The big names include Editors, The Cribs, Everything Everything and Kelis playing on Friday, July 29; Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Circa Waves and Rat Boy on Saturday, July 30; Madness, The Hives, Fun Lovin’ Criminals and Milky Chance on Sunday, July 31.
It’s not just the fans who are looking forward to making merry, so are the bands.
We caught up with Tom Ogden, singer/guitarist with Blossoms, who will be performing on the Sunday and James Skelly, frontman with The Coral who will be kicking off the fun on Thursday, July 28.
Q. What do you enjoy most about playing at festivals in England?
Tom: The catering! I struggle with the food situation overseas but I can always rely on some fish and chips or spag bol in England.
James: No cold meat and cheese in the dressing room.
Q. Are there any downsides?
Tom: The mud can sometimes create apocalyptic scenes.
James: The mud.
Q. Have you played at YNot before?
Tom: Yeah we did it last year and it was one of our favourite festivals. I’ve been as a punter a couple of years ago too, a great vibe all around the festival!
Q. What can the YNot festival crowd expect from your performance?
Tom: Some big euphoric pop tunes that you can sing and have a dance to, along with some strobe lights.
James: A good balance of newbies, oldies and a bit of improvisation from a tight old school band, no click tracks.
Q. Which other acts are you looking forward to seeing at YNot and why?
Tom: The Magic Gang as they’re one of my favourite bands at the moment, great tunes!
James: I’d like to watch Noel (Gallagher) and Blossoms but we’re not on the same days.
Q. Where else have you played in Derbyshire?
Tom: I think Myles may have played at a cricket club in New Mills in his old band but this’ll be the first time for Blossoms.
James: I think this is our debut in Derbyshire
Q. Are you playing any other festivals this summer?
Tom: Yeah pretty much everyone from Glastonbury to Kendal Calling and Leeds, Japan, Korea and Australia...
James: T in the Park, Beautiful Days, Corbridge Festival and Benicassim.
Q. What are your plans for after the festival season?
Tom: Our album drops in August so we’d love to tour that around the world.
James: To do another tour at the end of the year in bigger venues.
l For more information on YNot or to book tickets, visit www.ynotfestivals.co.uk