Scenes from Y Not photographed by Adam Burzynski/Strawberry Photographic.

Y Not Festival: Spot yourself in the crowd among these 13 photos

Music fans lapped up the sounds of headline bands The Kooks, Stereophonics, Courteeners and Blossoms as Y Not Festival returned to the Peak District after a three-year pause.

The sell-out festival was the biggest yet, attracting 27,000 revellers to watch brilliant acts including Manic Street Preachers, Nothing But Thieves, Kelis, The Vaccines, Laura Mvula, Amy MacDonald and many more.

Jason Oakley, managing director at Y Not Festival said: “After two years away, this edition of Y Not Festival was the celebration that everyone deserved. We are incredibly grateful for the support and goodwill from our customers over the past couple of years and hope that each attendee has enjoyed these four days of live music and entertainment.”

On Sunday, just as the news of the England women’s national team winning the 2022 Euros came, the entire crowd launched into a chant of ‘Three Lions’ as The Vaccines’ frontman Justin Young asked ‘ “Is it now officially home?” He added: “The Vaccines feel like we’re finally home and we’ve been waiting five years to play for you, Y Not Festival!”

Courteeners headlined the Saturday night with frontman Tom Ogden telling the buzzing crowd: “This is the first festival I ever came to ten years ago in 2012. So it’s very humbling to see all of you here and to be headlining….it’s quite the trip.”

Throughout the Saturday, artists paid homage to the legendary Kate Bush on her birthday, also known as “Katemas”. Sunderland legends The Futureheads had the crowd singing along their reimagined version of “Hounds of Love” which was released in 2005, whilst Orla Garland treated Y Notters to an Eighties medley including ‘Running Up That Hill,’ joking to the crowds, “For the record... I knew this song before it was cool!”

Earlier on, Sea Girls sang a quick rendition of ‘Running Up That Hill,’ which recently shot back into the charts thanks to Stranger Things.

Friday night saw one of Britain’s best live bands Stereophonics, electrifying the crowd with their massive hits including, ‘C’est La Vie’, ‘Maybe Tomorrow’, ‘Nice Day’ and ‘Dakota’.

The Kooks set the exciting tone for the weekend, starting the night with ‘Seaside’ from their critically acclaimed debut album Inside In / Inside Out - which recently celebrates 15 years since its release just as Y Not celebrate its own anniversary.

As well as all the fantastic music, this year Y Not Festival built its programme for families and children of all ages including the Kids Rave and family zone which offered all day games nnd activities, magic shows and much more.

Tickets for next year’s Y Not Festival are now on sale. Super Early Bird Tickets for July 27 to 30, 2023, start at £99.50, visit www.ynotfestival.com

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