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For one weekend a year, the stunning Peak District countryside becomes home to Y Not Festival. Since 2005 when it began life as an overspilling house party in the deepest, darkest Derbyshire; there has been steady, organic growth.
13 years on, they still have the same ethos at heart. Great people, having a great time makes a great festival. With panoramic countryside views, a fully stocked bar of local ales, a mouth watering selection of food and more live music than you can shake a stick at... all you need to bring is yourself, some wellies and a killer fancy dress outfit.
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**Please note Levellers will no longer be performing due to illness**
In the early Noughties, you could not escape the sight or sounds of these infectious modern-day punks. Whether dancing at Indie clubs, reading the NME or tuning into Radio 1, The Libertines were everywhere. Top 20 hits like 'Time For Heroes' and 'Can't Stand Me Now' were on heavy rotation and they gained a somewhat obsessive fan base. But after just two short 'n' sweet albums (2002's 'Up The Bracket' and 2004's eponymous 'The Libertines', both produced by The Clash's Mick Jones) it was all over. So what became of the likely lads? Personal problems and battling demons saw Peter Doherty and Carl Barat split up and go their seperate ways with various solo projects and forming new bands. But time is a great healer and they patched up their differences to reform in 2010.
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Catfish and the Bottlemen
One of the most exciting guitar bands to burst through in the UK in recent times, Catfish and the Bottlemen formed in 2007 in North Wales. Their debut album, The Balcony, reached number 10 in the UK Albums Chart and they won their first Brit Award for British Breakthrough act in February 2016. This was followed by the release of their second album, The Ride, in May 2016. Since then the band have shown no signs of slowing with numerous tours and festival headlining slots under their belts, with third album, The Balance, being released in April 2019.
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British jazz funk and acid jazz band formed in 1992. Jamiroquai were initially the most prominent component in the early-1990s London-based acid jazz movement, alongside groups such as Incognito, the James Taylor Quartet, the Brand New Heavies, Galliano, and Corduroy. With famous fans including the likes of Chance the Rapper, The Black Madonna, Anderson.Paak, Pharrell, Tyler the Creator, Jungle, Redman, Stevie Wonder & The Internet, Jamiroquai have consistently proven themselves as one of the most influential musical innovators of their time. With over seven albums reaching the UK Top 10 (and three reaching #1), the Grammy Award winning band have sold over 35million albums worldwide and hold the Guinness Book of World Records record for best-selling funk album of all time.
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Manic Street Preachers
Despite the much-publicised trials and tribulations they've gone through, James, Sean and Nicky remain the Kings of the Welsh music scene. Highly ideological, extremely patriotic and outrageously popular, having produced classic indie/rock cross-overs such as 'A Design For Life', 'You Love Us' and 'Motorcycle Emptiness'. Music with a message from a trio who've earnt the right to sing it.
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Formed in Leeds in 2000, Kaiser Chiefs are one of the leading bands of their generation. The infectious enthusiasm of their music and the unique viewpoint of their lyrics has seen them compared to Franz Ferdinand, Blur, The Clash, and Madness, but their passionately dedicated fans know that this band are true originals, confirmed by the fact they're still going strong two decades on.
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Steven Gene Wold is Seasick Steve, the much celebrated American blues guitarist and singer who continues to serve up a hot mix of boogie, blues, rock, americana and folk music. While his music does not fit the mould of the average chart artist, he has notched up five UK top 10 albums including 2009's 'Man From Another Time' and 2015's 'Sonic Soul Surfer' both reaching the no.4 position.
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Known for their nervy, melodic indie rock, Britain's Circa Waves first gained buzz in the 2010's with hooky singles like 'Get Away' and 'Stuck in My Teeth'. Centered on lead singer/songwriter Kieran Shudall, the Liverpudlians earned favourable comparisons to the Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, and the Vaccines even before they hit the Top Ten with their debut, 2015's Young Chasers. Without shying away from their influences, the band has matured, while continuing their knack for crafting their own distinctively infectious, post-punk anthems.
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The Amazons are a blistering, melodic rock quartet from Reading. Fusing the sheer force of Nineties punk and grunge (Nirvana and Rage Against The Machine) with the melodic sensibilities of more contemporary acts like Bombay Bicycle Club and Tame Impala, The Amazons are beauty and aggression wrapped together harmony.
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Fat White Family
Formed in a squat in Peckham in 2011, South London's Fat White Family comprise Lias Saoudi (vocals), Nathan Saudi (keyboard), Adam Harmer (guitar), Martin Dead (drummer), and Saul Adaczewski (guitar). Their albums and live shows have garnered critical and public adulation for their skuzzy mix of country, rock & roll, post-punk, and nihilistic psychedelia, recalling the likes of the Fall, the Birthday Party, Butthole Surfers, and Charles Manson. Various band members have also had successful side-projects, including Moonlandingz and Insecure Men.
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Buzzcocks are an English punk rock band, formed in Bolton in 1976, they are regarded as an important influence on the Manchester music scene, the independent record label movement, punk rock, power pop, and pop punk. Their lead singer Pete Shelley passed away in December 2018 but the band decided to carry on as a trio.
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Sheffield's The Sherlocks are not any old four-piece Indie-Rock band. It's a family affair, with the band containing two sets of brothers! Brothers Kiaran (vocals/guitar) and Brandon Cook (drums) are joined by brothers Josh (guitar) and Andy Davidson (bass). Since forming in 2010 they have notched up over 500 gigs. They take their inspiration from fellow Sheffield stars the Arctic Monkeys, along with hints of The Jam, Courteeners and The Beatles.
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An soulful indie-blues singer-songwriter from Bedford, Tom studied acting at university, had a brief job at Costa Coffee then trained to be a professional footballer. This was all about to change, however, when his vocal talents were first discovered at a party while singing a cover of 'Seaside' by The Kooks after a few drinks too many. He then went on to become guest vocalist on Chase & Status's track 'When It All Goes Wrong' and his success story continues. Pretty soon Elton John was ringing him up to tell him how much he liked his music.
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Based out of Birmingham, Peace create drifting, melodic indie rock that merges the crawling atmosphere of classic post-punk with the pop-oriented bounce of modern bands like Vampire Weekend. Formed by brothers Harrison and Samuel Koisser, on vocals/guitar and bass, respectively, as well as guitarist Douglas Castle and drummer Dominic Boyce, the band came together in 2010 before gaining recognition among the UK. press with its debut outing, the Delicious EP, then going on to score two UK top 20 albums.
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Formed in 2012, Moose Blood is a four piece alternative / emo band hailing from Canterbury, Kent. Drawing influence from British and American emo bands popular in the mid to late 90s, Moose Blood combine intimate lyrics with a melodic sound to create songs epic in both scope and emotion.
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Reverend And The Makers
Fusing indie rock melody and attitude with dance rhythm, Reverend And The Makers is the brainchild of Sheffield musician Jon McClure, who recorded the original RATM demos with members of the Arctic Monkeys and Bromheads Jacket. The group uses a combination of indie rock, electro and funk to complete their signature sound.
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Funk / Punk / Indie / Soul five-piece from South London. Bursting at the seams with punk energy, with the patter of the Streets, the spittle of Mark E. Smith, and the underground spirit of Eddy Current Suppression Ring, combined with the frenzy, rage and exasperation of their youth. Their reputation as one of the best new live bands in London is cemented following tours with The Garden and Fat White Family and shows with The Fall, King Gizzard, Slaves and more.
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First coming to main prominence in 2012 with her self-composed song 'Last Night' on ITV's The X Factor, Lucy went on to reach 9th place in the competition, and second place in her category. Since then she's continued to grow a devoted fanbase through her busy live schedule and top 40 chart albums. With a unique style of acoustic folk and pop, Lucy mixes humour, talent and honesty to create her own fresh sound. She has also created some epic Adele-esque anthems.
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Born in Scotland but raised in Manchester on his father's record collection, Tom was drawn to artists like Ray Charles, The Police and Bob Marley, which still influence his music today. Tom combines hip-hop beats, traditional songwriting and electronic elements with a voice that has the soulful grit of Paolo Nutini and the reggae lilt of Finley Quaye. As he steadily builds a loyal following, Tom has already garnered support from the likes of Annie Mac, MistaJam, BBC Introducing, SBTV, Pigeons & Planes & Clash Music.
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Manchester natives Pale Waves are the indie pop up-and-comers bringing '80s new wave back. 'With lyrics that play on the melodrama of youth and sonic elements that inspire the impressive, rock-fused poptimism of the ‘80s, they could have soundtracked iconic films like The Breakfast Club'.
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A five piece indie / pop band from Bristol whose influences range from Foals to The Cure. Their music is infused with intelligent lyricism, mesmerising vocals and catchy guitar and percussion lines.
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Melesha O'Garro aka Birmingham based MC Lady Leshurr has been dropping tracks and mixtapes since 2009. However, she suddenly went viral in 2015 with her Queen's Speech series of freestyle raps on YouTube, reaching in excess of 11 million hits. Influenced by the likes of Lisa Maffia, Ms Dynamite, Missy Elliott and Lil Wayne, the Midlander's blend of grime and cheeky lyrics has seen her gain fans and critical praise from The Guardian to Spin magazine.
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DJ Luck & MC Neat
London-based house and UK garage duo.
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Jaws are an indie rock band formed in Birmingham in 2012 after singer Connor Schofield had posted a demo online that received enough positive feedback to encourage him to start a band with friends from Halesowen College. They have often been identified as part of the Digbeth-based B-Town scene. Their sound definitely draws influences from the Shoegaze scene with hints of 90's alt-rock and grunge found on labels like Sub Pop. "Seductive with swirling guitars complemented by lead singer Conor Schofield’s beguling vocals. It’s a single of self determination, reminiscent of The Smashing Pumpkins softer work from the ‘Siamese Dream’ period" - The Sphinx.co.uk
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Jade Bird is fast becoming one of the most exciting new British voices. With her debut release the ‘Something American’ EP and 2018’s follow-up breakthrough single ‘Lottery’, Jade has won the hearts of people across the globe. She has already performed on ‘Later’ with Jools Holland, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and at SXSW she won the Grulke Prize for upcoming talent, following her win of the ANCHOR Prize at the Reeperbahn festival in 2017. Twisting big themes of disillusionment, divorce, cheating, sorrow into the realities of an independent-minded, modern British female, Jade’s music transcends genre with a wealth of influence coming from everywhere, and anywhere. Classic, contemporary, and a total breath of fresh air in the current musical landscape, Jade Bird is that rare, next-generation artist who appears as clued up on the past as she is determined to learn from its lessons: in control, sometimes in your face, and in possession of gifts beyond her years.
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Turbowolf are digitronized hell 'n' roll from planet spookazoid's disco fun palace. 'They play as if their lives depend on it at every gig. They are Turbowölf and they ROCK!' - Venue Magazine
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A 60s inspired pop / post-punk / garage / surf trio from Halifax. Keen lovers of DIY and the Riot Grrrl scene, they met at a house party and formed the band, despite two of them having never played instruments before! They bring to mind classic DIY girl bands like Marine Girls and Dolly Mixture, along with the lo-fi alt-rock sounds of the Pixies and Breeders. Their lilting harmonies, jangling guitars and pounding wave-like bass sounds have been winning them devotees from across the UK.
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Very little has stood in the way of young North Shields artist Sam Fender and his rapid ascent since 2018. Having toured the UK and Europe relentlessly, building himself a loyal, passionate army of fans, Sam writes honestly and candidly about subjects of social and generational significance, broadly drawn from his experiences growing up in the North East of England. Sam wraps his pertinent words in rousing, propulsive, arena-sized guitar anthems and delivers them directly with a cavernous, powerful vocal.
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'With such a captivating voice, it seems quite clear that pop-soul singer Mullally is set to create waves in the music scene. He began his musical venture from the age of just 16, where he played the guitar, wrote and recorded music as part of a band with his 3 best friends till the age of 18 before going solo. He also studied Artist Development at the prestigious Access to Music College, which is also the alma mater to stars including Rita Ora and Ivor Novello award-winning Ed Sheeran. As a songwriter and performer, Mullally packs a soulful punch, utilising range of modern production techniques and to underpin his sing-along pop vocal arrangements that far belie his young years, painting vivid pictures in the minds of his listeners. The youngster is inspired by soulful and prominent legends; from the ethereal sounds of soul singers Marvin Gaye and Van Morrison to the more recent sounds of the late Amy Winehouse and Paolo Nutini. These are just a few of the idols he would listen to for some inspiration before he hits the studio.'
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An indie rock four piece band from York who formed in March 2012. They play completely original material from smooth chilled melodic vibes to raw expressive rock filled with hyper hooks, rockin' riffs, catchy choruses and endless energy. They have been hyped by Huw Stephens and supported by 6Music and XFM. King No-One? These guys are most definitely somebodies.
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Fantastic hooks and melodies, a staggering live show and a healthy dose of organised chaos gives you just a glimpse into the world of RedFaces. RedFaces are Harry Lyon, Isaac White, Charlie Yapp and Ryan Laycock. a gang of lifelong friends from Sheffield who have immersed themselves in the classics, drawing influence from the '60s, the '90s and occasionally the noughties - they are quickly winning fans, friends and plaudits across the UK and becoming one of the most talked about unsigned bands in the country. RedFaces are (and always will be) indie rock n roll.
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Forming in early 2012 after bonding over their love of Roger Daltrey, broken guitars and Baz Luhrmann's Romeo & Juliet, DEAD! are five lost boys from Southampton, today living in London. They make a lot of noise.
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Crows are an alt rock band from London who formed in 2015, and have since built a considerable following for the intensity of their live shows which have seen the band members break bones as well as instruments.
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The Lancashire Hotpots
Famous for their songs 'Chippy Tea', 'The Girl From Bargain Booze', 'Keys Wallet Phone' and many others, these St Helens lads mix classic folk music with genius Lancashire-tinged comedic lyrics, full of punderful words.
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King Pleasure And The Biscuit Boys
Dazzling musicianship, riveting stage performances, sixty TV appearances, two barnstorming decades on the road and eleven red hot CDs have established them as today's greatest swing band. They have toured and performed with B.B. King, Cab Calloway and his Orchestra and the original Blues Brothers Band from the movie, as well as recording with leading Americans.
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Everly Pregnant Brothers
Comedy ukulele ensemble comprising Pete McKee (ukulele), Shaun Doane (vocals), Richard 'Bails' Bailey, Nick Banks (drums), Johnny Wood (double bass) Charley McKee, Klive Humberstone & Ginger Dave (ukuleles).
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A six piece alternative rock band from London.
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Indie-rock three-piece from Limerick, Ireland, now based in London. They met and formed when bonding over cheap vodka and the sound of The Velvet Underground. Their musical heroes also include Patti Smith and The Cure. whenyoung are led by female vocalist Aoife Power, whose dreamy, heart-in-the-mouth vocals fizzle between swigs of Guinness and infectious guitar riffs. Aoife mesmerises on stage, and critics have compared her to "Suzi Quatro in her heyday".
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Bloody Knees are everything you would expect. It’s noisy, teething with pop-punk sentiments & sleazy riffs. All in a delicate, rapturous balance, ultimately enough to ensue mayhem - whilst packing enough of a punch to keep you on your toes with each and every listen. If you like being covered in blood, push pits and stage diving or even if you’re prone to thinking too much and worrying about ‘stuff,’ it’s time to listen up – they’re back bigger… better and louder then ever! But please, don’t take our word for it. See for yourselves...
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A singer / songwriter from Northern Ireland.
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Feet are an indie rock band from Coventry that began in early 2016 and have already had their music played on BBC Introducing.
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Taking their name from the late comedian Bill Hicks' alter ego, Goat Boy, Goat Girl are an all-female indie-rock band from London, UK. "Straight out of South London and determinedly DIY, Goat Girl are feisty, furious and fearless. Their incendiary rock, with shades of mid-noughties Cat Power and Medway garage girls Thee Headcoatees, challenges everything from national apathy to the perils of public transport" - The Guardian.
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The rapid success of Mallory Knox’s debut album ‘Signals’ saw them reaching #1 in the iTunes Rock Chart and #35 in the UK Official Album Charts. Their second album ‘Asymmetry’, and latest album release ‘Wired’, have granted them two times consecutively the coveted Top 20 in the UK official Album Charts, alongside all their singles to date having been playlisted on BBC Radio 1. Their strong live presence has taken them to perform at numerous festivals including Main Stage performances at Reading & Leeds, Download Festival, Radio 1 Big Weekend, Slam Dunk, Warped Tour Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park and many more across the world. After nearly 9 years together, Mikey left the band. However, 2018 marked a new chapter for Mallory Knox, who continue with Sam Douglas taking the lead on vocals. Mallory Knox is: Sam Douglas – Vocals / Bass; Joe Savins – Guitar; Dave Rawling – Drums; James Gillett – Guitar.
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Mr Motivator rose to fame on the early nineties as he prepared the nation for their day at work with his appearances on GMTV, where his neon spandex and sensational energy made him an overnight hit. The fittest man in Jamaica has continued with his passion for health and fitness heading up a ton of campaigns to get us all a bit healthier through exercise, campaigns that have made sure that the good man remains close to the nation’s hearts.
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Danish female rock trio Nelson Can are Selina, Maria and Signe who serve up a minimalist recipe of bass, drums and killer vocals courtesy of Selina. With a noticeable lack of guitars, their back-to-basics, drum and bass orientated sound is original and simple, inspired by acts like The White Stripes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Siouxsie and the Banshees.
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Mark 'Bez' Berry. Quite simply mad for it, Bez made his mark as the madcap dancer with the Happy Mondays. The Wayne Sleep of indie now turned DJ and author.
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Hugh "Huey" Morgan is the frontman of the New York rock / hiphop band Fun Lovin' Criminals. Huey is also an author, podcaster, a radio presenter on both BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music and a much in demand club and festival DJ. His extensive record collection has seen him DJ around the world spinning the very best in Hip-Hop, Funk, Disco and stone cold classics.
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The Old Dirty Brasstards
A tweed-clad 10-piece drum and brass power house playing an eclectic mix of pop, R&B and soul covers that never fail to get the crowd dancing for joy!
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Paris Youth Foundation
Following their debut show on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading Festival which caught the attention of BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, who has supported the band ever since, Paris Youth Foundation have gone on to play major new music festivals including Hit The North, Live At Leeds, The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City. They’ve also toured and played alongside Blaenavon, The Magic Gang, Vistas, The Sherlocks, The Xcerts and The Night Café. Liverpool alternative rock five-piece Paris Youth Foundation 'are fast on their way to joining that crop of young musicians ready to spearhead the British wave' - NME. 'Like all your favourite indie bands rolled into one. Think The Strokes meet Wolf Alice, and you’re halfway there' - NME
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A British electronic duo from Nottingham consisting of Alex Noble (vocals, guitars, keyboards) and Charlie Burley (production, samples, guitars, keyboards), April Towers combine intelligent pop hooks reminiscent of Pet Shop Boys and Hot Chip with the electronic nuances of New Order and LCD Soundsystem - creating a synth-pop sound full of vibrancy and immediacy.
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Massaoke, Blue Rinse DJs, John Leather's Tarantino Disco
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