Y Not Festival 2013: Y in the Sky preview

Five essentials for Y Not Festival 2013

Photographer:Virtual Festivals

Megan Earl - 29 July 2013

Deep in Derbyshire, one of the UK's most loved boutique festivals, Y Not is gearing up for its 2013 edition. Here's the VF fine guide with our top five to watch.

The Cribs

Headlining Y Not on Saturday night, The Cribs are an indie rock band consisting of brothers Gary, Ryan and Ross Jarman. Formed in 2001, the band have received great critical acclaim throughout their career, picking up the 'Outstanding Contribution to Music' award at the 2013 NME Awards and the 'Spirit of Independence' award at the 2012 Q Awards. Their 'DIY approach' at the beginning of their career, in which they played for fuel money and beer, is credited for nurturing a passionate fanbase - a group of up to 100 dedicated fans have even created fanzine 'Words From The Broken Hearted' in tribute. Johnny Marr, former guitarist for The Smiths, joined the band in 2008 to create their 'Ignore The Ignorant' LP, which peaked at number 8 in the UK charts, but left in 2011 to focus on his solo projects. Despite frequent appearances at major festivals such as Reading and Leeds in the past, their Y Not headline spot this year is one of very few chances to see them this summer, so don't miss out when they perform on the main stage on Saturday night.

Kids In Glass Houses

Warming up the crowds for The Cribs, songs such as 'Give Me What I Want' that have earned them support from Kerrang!, NME and Radio 1 since they released their first EP in 2004. Their career so far has seen them tour with some of punk's biggest names - Paramore, Fall Out Boy and You Me At Six, to name a few, have all showcased Kids In Glass Houses across the country - as well as filling venues across the country on their own headline tours. To hear tracks from album 'Matters At All' that reached number 1 on UK rock charts, catch them on the main stage on Saturday.

Lewis Watson

20-year-old Lewis Watson epitomises the potential of social media in the music industry today, after uploading covers to YouTube under the name 'HolyLoowis' aged just 17, he now has over 4.1 million views, 64K Twitter followers and has released 4 EPs. Last year the record labels were fighting to give him a record deal after the success of first EP 'It's Got Four Sad Songs On It BTW' - which went straight to the top of the iTunes chart - and he eventually went with Warner Bros. Records, citing their 'long running success with male solo artists' as the key factor in his decision. In 2013 alone he has played Glastonbury, T in the Park, the Great Escape and toured as a support act for both Birdy and Kodaline, with plans for his own headline tour this autumn. Lewis will bring hits such as 'Bones' to the Quarry Stage at Y Not on Sunday night.


Deaf Havana


Both Slam Dunk and Hard Rock Calling have hosted performances from Norfolk rockers Deaf Havana this festival season ahead of their Saturday night appearance at Y Not. Formed in 2005, Deaf Havana are currently preparing their third album, due for release in September, after the album's first single 'Boston Square' premiered on Radio 1 as Zane Lowe's 'Hottest Record' last May. They've toured previously with fellow Y Not acts We Are The Ocean and You Me At Six, but this October will see their biggest headline tour yet, finishing with a sold out show at London's famous Roundhouse. To hear previews of the new album 'Old Souls' head to the Quarry Stage on Saturday night.

We Are The Ocean

Loughton rock band We Are The Ocean formed in 2008, using MySpace (Ed: remember that?) to launch themselves in to the rock industry - they were nominated as 'Best British Newcomer' at the 2008 Kerrang! Awards, despite releasing their self-titled debut EP only weeks before. Their second album 'Go Now and Live' peaked at number 3 on the UK Rock Chart after strong support from Radio 1 and critical acclaim around the country and in America; in 2012 they were one of the only British bands invited to play Bamboozle in New Jersey - one of the biggest alternative/punk festivals in the world. At home in the UK they have played countless festivals including Reading, Leeds and Download- as well as touring extensively in the UK, Europe, US and Australia, leading to an invitation from fellow British rock band You Me At Six to open for them at their sell out Wembley show along with fellow Y Not act Deaf Havana. We Are The Ocean will play the Giant Squid Stage on Sunday 4 August.

Y-Not Festival 2013 takes place at Pikehall, Matlock, Derbyshire from 2 - 4 August.

Y Not Festival tickets are available now, priced at £83.65 (including booking fee) for a camping weekend ticket. Under 12s go for free. Thursday early entry is £13 (including booking fee).

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