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.”
From Sterephonics to Chesterfield’s own Clear Vinyl, here are 13 acts you can catch at Y Not this year.
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5. Lucy Spraggan
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.
6. The Lathums
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.
7. Pale Waves
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.
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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.