14 top acts you can catch at Y Not Festival this year

Derbyshire’s Y Not Festival is back with a bang – with a string of top acts.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 6:00 pm
Thousands of music lovers are expected at the 2021 Y Not Festival, in Pikehall, near Matlock, from July 30-August 1.

After last year’s enforced hiatus, Y Not has confirmed its return in 2021 – with a string of big name acts.

Jason Oakley, festival managing director, said: “After a tough year for live music, there’s finally some light at the end of the tunnel and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back to the Y Not Festival for the celebration we all deserve.

“Thank you for sticking with us and we can’t wait to see you all there.”

The Welsh rockers have a reputation for stunning live shows and are one of the main headliners of the event. With 11 albums, including seven number ones, and 20 top-20 singles, including chart-topper Dakota, they are one of the biggest British bands around and are not to be missed.

From Sterephonics to Chesterfield’s own Clear Vinyl, here are 13 acts you can catch at Y Not this year.

For tickets, see ynotfestival.com/tickets

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After warming up at Sheffield's Tramlines the weekend before, the Stockport indie-popsters head to Derbyshire to headline Y Not. The band shot to fame with their eponymous chart-topping debut album in 2016 and have followed it with Cool Like You and last year's fellow chart-topper Foolish Loving Spaces.

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In 2016, after four albums, including 2014 chart-topper So Long, See You Tomorrow, the band announced an indefinite hiatus. Three years later they reunited - and immediately took off from where they had left, with last year's long-player Everything Else Has Gone Wrong reaching number four.
Derrick Evans, better known as Mr Motivator, rose to fame in 1993 through appearances on the UK breakfast television show GMTV, where he performed live fitness sessions and offered tips and advice to viewers. And he is returning to Y Not to help get the party started.
Lucy, who grew up in Derbyshire, shot to fame when she appeared on The X Factor in 2012, while working as a portrait seller in Sheffield. She has since gone on to release a string of albums and, fresh from the release of her sixth, Choices, earlier this year, the former Buxton Community School pupil has a summer of festivals lined up, including Y Not and Tramlines in Sheffield. She reached the live stage of the television show after performing her own song, Last Night, at the auditions, before withdrawing through illness. And the former Buxton Community School pupil, who has since released five albums, remains confident of a brighter future as we emerge from lockdown.
With stepping-stone singles, All My Life and I See Your Ghost, seeing the Wigan band safely across the torrents of live music’s lost year, The Lathums also dug out positives during the trauma of Covid in their UK Album Chart debut with the vinyl-only EP compilation, The Memories We Make.
Pale Waves released their debut album My Mind Makes Noises in September 2018, by which time they had already won the NME Under The Radar award and made the BBC sound of 2018 shortlist. This year's follow-up, Who Am I?, proves the indie-rockers - although the synth-pop edge to their music means they can't be pigeon-holed into one genre - are no flash in the pan.
The Australian rock trio, fresh from the release of hit album The Glow, are renowned for the "life-affirming energy and emotion" of their live show and are definitely one not to be missed at Y Not.
It's just a quick trip down the road for the Chesterfield alt-pop band.
Like Adele, Amy Winehouse, Leona Lewis, Katie Melua and Kate Nash before her, Jade is a former student of the famous BRIT School. The folk and Americana-influenced singer's eponymous debut album went top-10 in the UK on its release in 2019 - and topped the US Americana and Heatseekers charts.
The Brighton folk-rockers formed in 1988 and are still going strong - their 2020 album Peace reached number eight - but enjoyed their biggest success in the Nineties with three top-five albums, including 1995 chart-topper Zeitgeist.
The Nottingham indie-rock singer-songwriter releases his fifth album, Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, in August, after his debut topped the charts in 2012 - when he was aged just 18 - and three follow-ups made the top-10.
Welsh rock legends Manic Street Preachers have been named as special guests at Y Not.
Indie-rockers James need no introduction with their 16th studio album, All the Colours of You, due for release in June. Hit singles among an impressive back catalogue, include Sit Down, Born of Frustraion, Laid, She's a Star and Come Down.