We’re well into festival season and incredible lineups are popping up all over the country. Y Not Festival is up there with the best hosting a wide array of genres spanning multiple stages including some of the best live bands playing in England this year. For one weekend at the end of July the picturesque scenery of the Peak District comes to live with music and this year could be the biggest yet.

Headliners The Vaccines, Stereophonics and Two Door Cinema Club speak for themselves as being some of the best live bands and with acts like Happy Mondays, Feeder and Jake Bugg also playing at Y Not Festival it’s clear to see why it’s such a great weekend. We take a closer look into the lineup for the weekend and pick out our favourites and some bands for you to keep an eye out for whilst you’re there.

Arguably the best band to come out of Australia in recent year DMA’S will be one of the great surprises of the weekend. Having been compared to Oasis they have a clear influence and they live up to that hefty reputation. DMA’S are the perfect band to catch and mellow out with before ‘The Big Gin Stage’ really kicks off the evening.

Picking up more and more attention the Mancunian punk band with a very clear political agenda have been making themselves known across the country. From headlining their own tour to supporting The Courteeners and several festival slots in between Cabbage have planted themselves as one of the biggest break-through bands of 2017.

JAWS’ name have been cropping up on a lot of festival line up’s across the country, and for good reason. The Birmingham band have been making their way into the mainstream since releasing their album Simplicity. Featuring songs like ‘Just A Boy’ and ‘Right in Front of Me’, JAWS will be making a big impact on the fans who get to see them over the weekend.

Strange Bones
Strange Bones have been supporting some of the best punk and rock bands on their tours including Cabbage and Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes (both playing at Y Not Festival). They have made a great name for themselves after working so hard and playing so many shows to get their music heard. Strange Bones pack a lot of passion and energy into their live performance, and even more stage diving.

Sundara Karma
After headlining Dot to Dot festival earlier the year Sundara Karma see their name a little further down the list at Y Not Festival. This will be one of the biggest crowds of the weekend besides the headliners as they have a massive, young fan base that follow them devoutly. With songs like ‘Flame’ and ‘She Said’ you’ll be sure to have Sundara Karma stuck in your head for the rest of the week.

Words: Stuart Daley