Archive for the ‘Y-Not’ Category

The organisers announced today on Facebook that because of ongoing Covid restrictions they have decided not to go ahead with the 2021 Y-Not Festival, but look forward to staring their planning for 2022.

Their website does not yet appear to have been updated, but presumably more details will follow, see

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Y-Not ticket

If anyone is looking for a Y-Not ticket, Carl has one for sale (including the Thursday upgrade) for £120. If you are interested please call him on 551.


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Lift Wanted to YNOT

We are travelling to the y-not festival on Friday 26th, Sat 27th and Sunday 28th July.  There are 4 of us going at 1pm and returning at 11.30pm on all 3 days. We wondered if anyone in Parwich is going and wanted to share a minibus or if any of the young people in the village wanted some extra spending money for taking us!!

Jo & Dean Elkington,  The Old Smithy.

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Our one and only DJ Funky Gibbon has only gone and got himself a slot at Ynot!! I feel big things are coming for this young (ish) up and coming DJ – watch out Pete Tong. If you are there make sure you pop into the Magners garden tonight between 9 and 11pm – see you there fellow party people.

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YNOT Clean Up?

I’ve just driven past the YNOT site, and to be honest, was pretty shocked – not just at the state of the fields (litter that will end up in a landfill which in itself is both ironic and depressing considering we live in a place of natural beauty) but the state of the road. The verges are pretty torn up. Who is responsible for fixing them?  And does the license to hold the festival include a time frame to get the place ‘back to normal’? Usually there has been a team of folks cleaning up soon after this event, but not so with the new owners it appears.

Debbie Webster

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Y-Not – further info

This has recently been posted on the Y-Not website (please click on the image to enlarge):

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Thank you Saskia for looking for Monty!

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Y Not

Photos taken before tonights rain. There are going to be thousands of cold damp people at Pikehall tonight. If you are going keep warm and Y Not share your photos on the blog.

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Y Not Road Closure

Whilst on the subject of road closures/restrictions here’s some more –



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Traffic Delays today

The Ashbourne News Telegraph advise drivers to avoid Ashbourne if possible at present because of three mile tail backs on the A515 north from the town, as a result of the Y Not Festival traffic.

Do keep our readers updated with your experiences on the roads using comments as the Festival site clears.

(Posted 11.45am)

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YNot photos and video clips

There are some great photos and video clips on the Y Not Facebook page (see ). Do let us know if you spot any of the local attendees in any of them.

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Thank you Margaret W for letting us use your great photos of the YNot Festival taken yesterday evening:

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YNot Festival Sold Out

All the tickets for the 2016 YNot Festival are now sold out.


If you do have tickets and are willing to report on the Festival for we would love to hear from you. Either speak to one of the Blog Team or email us on .

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Drinks Limit at YNot

The Ashbourne Telegraph report:

ORGANISERS of the Ashbourne-born Ynot Festival have announced strict new rules on the amount of alcohol its festival-goers will be able to take in to the popular event.

Click here to read more


Click here to go to the YNot Festival website.

There is also a petition on the site to have this limit removed:

Lift the limit on alcohol at the YNot Festival

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Y-Not Festival wins award


Last night Y-Not was named best Medium Sized Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2015.

Click here for information on Y-Not 2016.

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YNOT 2015

It’s that time of year again, (no I’m not talking about Christmas), its time to put on your wellies and shake the cobwebs off your tent, its almost time for YNOT Festival 2015.

The fields around Pikehall near Parwich will be transformed into a mix of live music and entertainment with plenty of hot and cold food. There are camping facilities, toilets and showers available in the fields beside the festival. This year there are 3 promising headliners, including the indie-rock band Primal Scream, Basement Jaxx and the very well known and popular Snoop Dogg. The line up for this years YNOT Festival also includes Saint Raymond, Nick Mulvey, Rae Morris, Pulled Apart By Horses, Slaves, We Are The Ocean, The Amazing Snakeheads, Honey Blood, Gengahr, Jagaara, Ruen Brothers, Fearless, Vampire Killer, Allusondrugs, The Academic and King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys.

The tickets for YNOT 2015 are currently on sale but tier 1, costing £84.50 have already sold out due to the increasing popularity of YNOT. Tier 2 is at £89.50 and tickets for tier 3 cost £94.50.

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After the Party


Thank you to David G for these photos taken on Monday morning following the Festival.


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Y Not In Pictures

As festival-goers pack their tents and start to think about the real world again, they can look back on a classic weekend of music and fun. From the pyrotechnic onslaught of Dizzie to the relaxing acoustic tents. From hilarious paint/mud-related encounters to the secret rave tent that only The Grannies could help you find (“It’s behind the bookcase. Shhh!”). From King Pleasure’s triumphant swing set to the jaw-dropping beatboxing of Shlomo. Y Not had it all!

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See you next year!

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Y-Not sea of cars/tents

Photos by David G

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Y Not Day 1

What’s big, has 30,000 legs and wades through mud? Friday at Y Not was buzzing despite the slightly inclement weather. The festival was alive with great bands and a great atmosphere.  Our roving reporter particularly enjoyed the mighty Kog and the Zongo Brigade – what a performance!


The following review is provided by Matthieu Woods (aged 16), who has travelled from France to attend the festival:

Ynot is the best place on earth. I mean, this was my first festival last year, and I travelled from France for the second time in a row, bringing my sister this time.
The reasons for this success are the place, the people and the music (glad about that!). First, Derbyshire is such a great place to set a festival, with its marvellous landscapes and fields that turn into mud a few hours after the festival started – but a festival without any mud wouldn’t be a British festival, right?-, becoming a wellingtons’ gala.
Then, English people, especially during ynot, are so cool ! People dancing in the tents, talking together in the toilets queue, recommending bands they know to strangers…
Finally, the last but not the least is the fact that these bands that are up and coming, or the guitar-voice people that try to be known, performing in small tents, make such a good music. For what I’ve seen during these couple of days I’ve passed in ynot, everything was brilliant. Even if I wouldn’t listen to all of them in my bedroom, these musicians are at least great on stage.
I would recommend this festival to any person who wants to try a festival, but not a huge one. Maybe next year I’ll manage to convince friends to come abroad ?

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Dizzee Rascal to appear at Y-Not

Mike A is continuing to keep us up to date:

Hi folks,

Y Not have just made their first line-up announcement:

– see also

There are a few big names this year. Dizzee Rascal has had several Number One singles, and Newton Faulkner and White Lies have both had chart-topping albums.


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The Nottingham band Alaskan Faction, who performed on the BBC Introducing stage at this year’s Y Not Festival, have just released a new track called “You & I” (free download here). All the video footage for this track was shot at Y-Not, and eagle-eyed viewers may even spot a quick name-check for Parwich in the first few seconds!

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Although temporarily derailed by a serious thunderstorm on Friday night, which caused power to all the stages to be temporarily shut down as a precautionary measure, this year’s sold-out Y Not Festival was once again a great success. Here are a selection of tweets and videos from the weekend.

Photo Gallery from Visit Peak District.
Photos on the Y Not Facebook page.


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For the third and final Y-Not playlist, here are samples of 37 of Sunday’s acts.

Click here to open the playlist in Spotify.

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Here’s a playlist featuring 39 of the acts scheduled to play the Y Not Festival on Saturday.

Click here to open the playlist in Spotify.

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As the Y Not Festival starts tomorrow, here’s an appetite-whetting Spotify playlist, featuring thirty acts from Friday’s line-up. Playlists for Saturday and Sunday will appear in due course.

Please note that the festival is now completely sold out.

Click here to open the playlist in Spotify.

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Y-Not Festival 2013


The annual Y-Not Festival returns to Pikehall on Friday 2nd August, and runs until Sunday 4th August.

As two of last year’s acts – Jake Bugg and Bastille – have since topped the UK albums chart with their debut releases, this is clearly a great place to spot up-and-coming talent. Acts are still being added to the line-up, which already includes The Cribs, The Horrors, The Enemy and Ash. Further down the bill, perennial festival favourites Naymedici and King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys are making welcome returns – and who knows, maybe Hazel B and The A52s will be rocking the acoustic tent again?

Tickets, which are for the full weekend only, can be bought from the official festival website – but if you’re 12 or under, then congratulations: you can get in for free!

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Now in its 7th year, Y Not is a festival whose annual growth is perpetual. Like a fine wine, it matures with age, and Y Not is now indelibly marked on the summer festival calendar; it’s no longer the tiny gathering in the Peak District that it once was.

The Nottingham Post have published an excellent – and very detailed – review of last weekend’s Y-Not festival. Click here to read it.

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Parwich based singer songwriter Hazel B treated the Y Not Festival to a heartfelt and true to the heart performance on Friday.

The audience was captivated by Hazel’s self-penned songs, delivered with a refreshingly honest emotion. We hope to see her play the festival again next year.

Update: Here are some further excellent photos of Hazel’s performance, courtesy of Martin H:
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Break a leg, lads!


Update: the set was, we are happy to report, a triumph. Exclusive video to follow later this evening!



Update 2: Here’s a video of The A52s in full effect, folk-rocking the Hog & Barrel tent into a state of frenzy with their cover of The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army”.

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Parwich Musicians At Y Not

This year the Y Not Festival will feature two Parwich artists. If you have tickets, make a note to check out their sets.

Singer songwriter Hazel B will be performing at 1.30pm on Friday 3rd August in the Hog and Barrel.

On Saturday 4th August at 7.00pm The A52s will deliver a set also in The Hog and Barrel.

Both artists hope to see you there!

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Hazel B playing at Y-Not

Parwich singer-songwriter Hazel B from Hallgates will be playing at the Y-NOT festival on the Friday. At last year’s festival, Hazel performed a great set on the open-mike stage. She was then booked by the organisers to be on the main bill this year.

Some of Hazel’s new songs will shortly be available for free download by readers of PARWICH.ORG.

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Tickets are still on sale for this year’s Y-Not Festival, which takes place from Friday August 3rd to Sunday August 5th at the usual location in Pikehall. The festival has expanded since its early days, with several indoor stages, an acoustic tent, an excellent beer tent and much more besides, but it still retains its friendly, small-scale atmosphere. As the organisers report that they are now close to selling out, swift action is recommended for those who might be interested.

Click here for the Y-Not Festival website.

Update: Also performing at Y-Not, in the Hog & Barrel tent at 7pm on the Saturday, will be Parwich’s very own The A52s.

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June Bank Holiday Weekend
Derbyshire Open Arts
2nd,3rd, 4th and 5th June

Derbyshire Open Arts is a not for profit open arts event that takes place in various venues across Derbyshire. The event takes place annually in the Spring Bank Holiday. Each year over 100 Artists and Craftspeople display their work in separate venues and invite the public to view and purchase work as well as take the opportunity to meet to the visual arts professionals and find out more about what they do, as well as taking in the beautiful Derbyshire scenery over the weekend. Free brochures with maps will be available to download or from libraries, tourist offices or from the artists themselves nearer the time.


Ashbourne Festival
22nd June – 8th July
Now in its thirteenth year, the Festival follows after the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and embraces the excitement of the Olympic torch passing through the town on its way to London for the opening of the July games.

Once again this festivals aims to bring you perennial favourites, familiar faces and well chosen internationally famous artists. Coming on 23rd & 24th June is Streetfest, the best street theatre in the East Midlands. The Open Art Exhibition will be held in the Town Hall from 23rd-28th June.

Ashbourne Tourist Information Centre is the main ticket vendor but there is an online ticket service for principal events through WeGotTickets.


Buxton Festival 7th – 25th July

Welcome to Buxton Festival, a summer celebration of the very best opera, music and literature, at the heart of the beautiful Peak District.

This year will be our 34th Festival, and as always, we continue to bring you top quality productions with artists and speakers of world-wide reputation. Our varied programme of rarely performed opera, wonderful music and engaging literary events offers something for everyone.

Y not Festival – August 3rd – 5th
One weekend a year, the gorgeous Peak District countryside becomes home to the Y-Not Festival. Y Not is the Small Fresh & Loud music festival, with a fantastic atmosphere and a history of live acts to rival the very best.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg…  We always put together a varied and electric range of music, from country folk, to indie rock and everything else in-between.

At Y Not you can see great live music, quench your thirst with one of a huge selection of local ales and ciders (or cocktails!) or watch the sunrise from your campfire. Whatever you want from a festival you will find it here and have a fantastic weekend…

So why not?

Early Bird Tickets already sold out – Book here for regular tickets.

Wirksworth Festival – 7th – 23rd September
with the Arts Trails Weekend – Sat 8th & Sun 9th

The fantastic opening weekend when art takes over the town.The whole town becomes a gallery with more than 170 artists and makers showing their work in private homes, historic building, gardens, shop windows and churches.  A great chance to buy affordable art, meet the artists and take a peek at some of Derbyshire’s best interiors!

With contemporary fine art exhibited throughout the historic market town, unique and inspiring contemporary craft and design and exciting dance, drama, music and performance events, the spectacular Opening Weekend invites you to join us for the day and stay long into the evening.

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As the days have become shorter and the weather more inclement, Parwich musicians have busied themselves writing and recording music. We have permission to publish work from both The A52s and Hazel B.

Hazel B

Hazel Beddows has been writing songs since she was 13. She is currently 15 and has been a regular at local open mic sessions. The highlight of 2011 was playing on the open mic stage at the Y Not Festival…including a request to do an encore. Hazel has just completed a recording session at Meadow Farm Recording Studio – lyrics, music, voice and guitar are all by Hazel B. are proud to present two of her songs. Remember where you heard them first!



The A52s

The A52s are the hardest working acoustic folk-rock band in Parwich……when they’re not discussing music trivia in the Sycamore over a pint of Double Hop whilst munching crispinoes. Check them out at

Members of The A52s playing on these recordings are: Lewis ‘Squeezebox’ Noble, Chris ‘Mando Man’ Radlett, Mike ‘Champagne’ Hughes, Chad ‘Qwibble’ Bean, Jim ‘Jet Pack’ Croft & Rob ’10 Piece’ Campbell. The sound was engineered by Stan ‘Boggie’ Dadley-Webb.

These Days:


Simon Cowell better watch out next Christmas!

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Congratulations are due to the organisers of Pikehall’s Y-Not Festival, for their double victory at this year’s UK Festival Awards.

Y-Not were victorious in two categories: the “grass roots” festival award, and the award for having the best toilets of any festival in the UK, big or small!

As no other British festival (no, not even Glastonbury!)  managed to win two awards, this is a fantastic achievement, and proof positive that we have a truly wonderful annual event on our doorstep.

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…for there’s a new star in town! It was great to see Parwich’s Hazel B playing such a confident and well-received three-song set this afternoon, in the Acoustic Tent at this year’s Y-Not Festival. This was only Hazel’s second public performance, following her recent debut at the Miners Arms in Brassington, and PARWICH.ORG predicts that she will go far!

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Y-Not Festival 2011: Sunday’s acts

Here’s our third and final Y-Not Festival preview, which gives you a taste of all the acts appearing on Sunday August 9th.

Click here to preview the acts on the main (Big Gin) Stage.
Click here for the acts on the Quarry Stage.
Click here for the acts on the Allotment Stage.

On each page, you’ll find a YouTube video for each act, plus links to official websites for each artists.

If you have Spotify installed, click here for a playlist featuring most of Sunday’s acts.

Finally, here’s an index page for the full set of Y-Not previews.

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