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Summer festival season is shaping up nicely. With sterling efforts from the Neighbourhood Weekender, a star-studded set at Glasgow’s TRNSMT, and a dad-tastic line-up at the Isle of Wight Festival, there’s plenty to be excited for. 

After a questionable 2017 though, it seems that the new year hasn’t fazed the organisers of Derby’s Y Not Festival. Cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, fans missed out on what was promising to be a great new addition to the festival calendar, with The Vaccines missing their set and Clean Bandit resorting to a DJ set due to the conditions on the now-infamous date. The festival has been passed-off as ‘grim’ by basic festival-goers ever since; but then again, I didn’t have to wade through knee-deep mud. 

Looking onwards, the Y Not organisers seem to have gone the extra mile to make up for last year: the three headliners consist of The Libertines, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Jamiroquai, in what will surely be a treat for top-level indie fans – and also fans of Jamiroquai. 

These top acts are also supported by Manic Street Preachers, Kaiser Chiefs, Circa Waves, Levellers, The Amazons and Seasick Steve to name but a few. 

Among a plethora of other acts yet to be announced, proven indie stars are peppered around the current acts, with the likes of Tom Grennan, Reverend and the Makers and The Sherlocks also making an appearance. 

The latter act also kindly drew a bit more attention to the festival, too. Known fans of courting light controversy, someone at The Sherlocks’ management thought it’d be a great idea to swap their position on the bill with The Amazons. The band may have since deleted the post and started to take the piss out of themselves to gloss over the situation.

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This has since developed into an entire conspiracy theory regarding promotion and attention. Would Y Not be in on this? Surely The Sherlocks wouldn’t legitimately do this to try and fool fans that they’re bigger and better than a fellow band? Surely social media can’t let audiences look back in time, can it? Will the frontman insist on wearing a scarf this time? 

Well apparently, according to drummer Brandon, it’s all just a bit of a laugh. Hopefully this’ll start some kind of indie-rivalry that’ll make the Oasis v Blur debacle look like an argument over who’s taking the bin out next. 

All of these are big, unanswerable questions that can only be answered with a ticket to Y Not. Get yourself to Derby from the 27th to the 30th of July for another top zone this summer

CONNOR FAULKNER

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