The Y Not Festival returned for its 13th year last weekend with a strong line-up and some unforgettable performances making it a festival to remember despite some delays and last-minute cancellations caused by some torrential downpour.

Last year’s festival was thrown into chaos when severe weather conditions resulting in it being cancelled midway through but by all accounts this year’s instalment – held in Pikehall in the Peak District – was managed much better by the organisers.

The festival began on the Thursday with some warmup performances from Sheffield rock band Reverend and the Makers and 2000’s favourites Razorlight.

The Makers’ frontman Jon McClure swaggered around stage and led fans into choruses of their biggest hits, such as ‘Heavyweight Champion of the World’ and the electro-inspired ‘Bassline’, while Razorlight’s set-closer – the 2006 mega-hit ‘America’ – saw fans of all ages sing along.

Other commitments meant we were unfortunately unable to take in the action on Friday, but Saturday’s line-up more than made up for it as we took in some of Paris Youth Foundation at Quarry Stage before moving over to The Allotment to watch Mancunian band Cleargeen put on a strong performance.

The band are yet to bring out a full album – instead releasing a collection of EPs throughout the past two years – but their anthemic choruses on Saturday are likely to have won them plenty of fans, with ‘Stargazed’ and ‘In My Paradise’ going down especially well with the crowd.

We then took a trip to the main stage to watch The Amazons smash it out of the park, fully earning their endorsements from the likes of NME and Radio One, both of which have labelled them as “ones to watch”. The Reading rockers only released their debut album last year but the energy and confidence exuding from the four-piece really stood out as much as their catchy hooks did.

Seasick Steve was next on the main stage and entertained the crowd by mixing his tuneful blues music with some impressive drinking feats, storming through a pint of something (presumably alcoholic) before steaming straight into a song.

Kaiser Chiefs then lit up the stage with the crowd dancing along to hits such as ‘Ruby’ and ‘I Predict a Riot’, while Catfish and the Bottlemen brought things to a close with a powerhouse performance.

Scottish indie rockers Vida headlined The Allotment stage on Saturday and proved just why there is such a big buzz about them as they played a tight set which ended with the Oasis-inspired ‘Fade Away’.

The heavens opened on Sunday, leaving many festival-goers soaked to the bone and heading to the exits, while the unrelenting wind left many tents feeling the effects (ours included!).

The conditions meant that some acts were either delayed or cancelled but we made it to The Allotment to witness a fiery performance from Red Rum Club who blew the roof off with some huge riffs and and an energetic performance that saw beach balls launched into an animated crowd.

We then headed to the main stage to watch Tom Walker, who was one of the stars of the weekend. His voice sounded even better live than it does on his various EPs and top 10 hit ‘Leave A Light On’ was the perfect way to finish his set.

Unfortunately, The Go! Team weren’t able to pick up where Walker left off, with their genre-bending music – which mixes garage rock and hip hop amongst others – failing to really get the crowd moving.

They were followed by The Wombats, who started slowly but worked their way into their set and by the end had won over the crowd and got one of the biggest cheers of the weekend when they launched into breakout single ‘Let’s Dance to Joy Division’.

With the rain threatening to spill down again, we returned to The Allotment where No Hot Ashes owned the stage in an electric performance. The camaraderie between the quartet was evident as a passionate crowd danced along to every song and they brought a fitting end to proceedings at The Allotment.

The night was to end on a slightly sour note as poor weather saw jazz-funk band Jamiroquai’s set cut in half due to health and safety – much to the chagrin of Jay Kay who insisted on seeing out the rest of ‘Love Foolosophy’ – but after the disappointment of last year’s festival, Y Not Festival 2018 will ultimately go down as a huge success.

Written by: Sean Reuthe