Despite the horror stories of rain filled tents, stuck cars and bands being cancelled, festival goers flocked to and enjoyed the This Feeling Zone at YNOT, getting a taste of some of the best new rock ‘n’ roll music the UK has to offer. Despite a few showers on Thursday, a beautiful chaos was unfolding from the moment the marquee doors flapped open. The This Feeling team had set up camp and were unstoppable all weekend in lifting the spirits of wet, deflated festival goers with an immense lineup (one where luckily you don’t have to wait until the evening to see a band worthwhile). The This Feeling tent also boasted the best DJs of the whole festival. Nineties Mike, Harley Cassidy and the gorgeous, bundle of energy that is Katie Owens rocked the tent in-between bands and continued through the night with the best selection of indie, rock n roll bangers, (helped out by many a member of the bands along the way).
The incredible bands played their fucking hearts out to a packed-out tent and many a stage invasion, mosh pit and crowd surfing ensued, making the This Feeling tent the best place to be at YNOT.
We take a quick look at the opening day and will follow with highlights from Friday and Saturday throughout the week…….
Thursday saw a few showers, but with anthemic indie rock band The Lids from Leicester opening the carnival coloured tent, no one’s attention was on the weather. The band are made up of Jack Dearden, brothers Liam and Rhys Butler are full of ferocious and loaded anthems and definitely left an impression on the crowd.
The Lids were followed by Manchester 4 piece Carnival Club who are making quite a name for themselves with their youthful indie rock n roll vibe. All the way from Essex, Breed put on an energetic, sweaty raucous show which left our ears ringing. They are full of catchy choruses and we definitely ‘got with it’. Led by frontman Jake, the set was an edgy, raw, intense live show you feel compelled to mosh and throw yourself about to. Misfires from Swindon were up next with raw vocals and bouncy indie tunes that got the crowd dancing. Surging guitar hooks and a sound that proper suits festivals, they’re top notch band, ones to keep your eye on. Matter of Mind from Stockport (which seems to be the centre of all things musically great atm) are a band hoping to follow in fellow Stockportarians footsteps, Blossoms. With a much harder sound, a heavy scuzz of loud guitars and furious drums made a massive impact on the enthusiastic crowd. Arcades continue to blossom, full of enthusiasm and energy a plenty, frontman Tommy Cobley was absolutely hypnotic, whilst his vocals were delivered perfectly.
These guys have everything you want to see in a band. Backdropped by fuzzy rock riffs and pounding drums the tight band played to a busy tent with their barrage of huge tunes. Indie rockers Mint are quickly becoming a huge name on the scene, the enigmatic frontman Zak Rashid crowd surfed & thrashed his brilliant full bodied guitar and left the packed out tent begging for more. The whole band are extremely musically talented and the band really gel together creating an explosive show. Stockport’s second offering of the night was the indie funk No Hot Ashes, with massive bouncy beats from keyboard and bass throughout, the band are phenomenal live. They put on a right show, with girls on boys shoulders, the whole crowd was swaying like crazy. Raspy vocals from frontman Issac make No Hot Ashes a unique, fresh sound that should be high up on your list as a must see band. Utter carnage followed with an eclectic DJ set and a mass stage invasion, wrapping up an amazing start to the festival.
(FRIDAY AND SATURDAY REVIEW TO FOLLOW)
SCOTT WALKER/RACHEL BROWN