The Peak District played host to the Y Not Festival once again last weekend, with the likes of Elbow, Two Door Cinema Club and Foals all in attendance in Pikehall as torrential rain once again played havoc with proceedings on the final day.

Thursday night opened with performances from The Pigeon Detectives and White Lies at The Big Gin stage, but our first experience of the festival came on the Friday as we rocked up to check out Liverpudlian Zuzu, who got the crowd going with the likes of ‘How it Feels’ and ‘Dark Blue’.

From there, it was off to check out Casey Lowry and Cassia at The Quarry, before we returned to The Big Gin stage to watch Gerry Cinnamon take the festival by storm.

The award-winning Scottish singer-songwriter – who was named the best live act at the 2016 Scottish Alternative Music Awards – drew in a big crowd who witnessed him play hits from debut album ‘Erratic Cinema’, but it was new single ’Canter’ that was the standout moment from his set, with flares going off in the crowd to add to the electric atmosphere.

Ten Tonnes – the younger brother of chart-topper George Ezra – brought his catchy, guitar singalongs to The Quarry before we headed back to The Big Gin stage to watch Bedfordshire rockers Don Broco.

The quartet had a great reaction from the crowd as they played tunes from 2018 album ‘Technology’, while lead singer Rob Damiani and drummer/singer Matt Donnelly really shined on songs such as ‘Half Man Half God’ and ‘Come out to LA’, respectively, with the former seeing fans go mental in the circle pits.

They ended on regular closer ’T-Shirt Song’ which saw fans swing t-shirts, handbags and jackets in the air as Don Broco brought their set to an end.

Franz Ferdinand followed them on and had fans bopping along to mega hits such as ‘Take Me Out’ and ‘Do You Want To’, before we witnessed one of the performances of the weekend as Red Rum Club brought their anthemic, soul-tinged tunes to The Allotment.

Red Rum Club were one of the standout performers at last year’s Y Not Festival, and the Liverpool-based band have been very busy in the intervening 12 months, releasing debut album ‘Matador’ in January.

And their performance at The Allotment on Friday was received well by a packed house of spectators, who grooved along to songs such as ‘Would You Rather Be Lonely?’, ‘Calexico’, and ‘TV Said So’.

Elbow weren’t quite able to offer the same energy as we headed back to The Big Gin stage to watch their headline performance, so instead we set a course to The Saloon to watch Twisted Wheel close out the night.

A slightly wetter Saturday was kicked off at The Allotment as we witnessed The Rosadocs and Inhaler in action. There was particular intrigue around Inhaler given that lead singer Elijah Hewson is the son of legendary U2 frontman Bono.

Their music was certainly reminiscent of the early era of U2, while Hewson has certainly inherited his father’s vocal chops, but their live performance was slightly lacking in intensity.

This was highlighted by a powerhouse set from punk rock band Idles who displayed exactly why they were nominated for the best breakthrough act at the Brit Awards earlier this year.

Frontman Joe Talbot showed his support for the NHS and the beauty of the world in between songs, while guitarist Mark Bowen was equally eye-catching as he danced round the stage in nothing but a poncho and boxer shorts, before launching himself into the crowd at one particularly memorable moment.

From there we took in sets from Deco, Sophie & The Giants, Rat Boy and The Snuts, before festival favourites Reverend and the Makers sent fans wild with renditions of “Heavyweight Champion of the World’ and ‘Shine the Light’ after they were bumped up The Big Gin stage after Dermot Kennedy pulled out.

Next up on that stage were You Me At Six, who went through hits such as ‘Underdog’ and ‘Take on the World’ as the heavens opened and rain poured down.

There was enough time for us to take in The K’s and Planet before Two Door Cinema Club closed out the night with a superb performance that saw fans of all ages dance along to ‘What You Know’, ‘Undercover Martyn’ and ‘Something Good Can Work’.

Heavy downpour overnight meant that many festival goers reluctantly packed up their tents and trudged back to the car to head home on Sunday morning, but we battled against the elements to check out Gold Beach at The Allotment, who eventually came on two and a half hours after they were scheduled to due to a delay in opening the main arena because of the weather.

The North Londoners mentioned that it was their first major festival and they showed that they deserve to be added to the bill at future festivals with a tight set that showcased their musical talents. It was clear that they were delighted to be on stage – all members played with a huge smile on their face and looked to be having the time of their lives.

It was then over to The Big Gin stage to watch New Yorkers Sunflower Bean show that they’re a force to be reckoned with. Lead singer/guitarist Julia Cumming in particular got some real energy from the crowd despite the conditions.

Similarly, Miles Kane brought his swaggering style of rock to the stage and ran through hits such as ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’ and ‘Come Closer’, with only some slight technical issues with one of the speakers detracting from the spectacle.

We caught the tail end of indie-band Only the Poets in The Quarry and the Reading-based four-piece got the crowd going with a strong performance.

From there, we trudged back to the The Big Gin stage in the pouring rain to watch a few underwhelming songs from the Happy Mondays, whose best days look well past them, before finally calling it a day to head home to rest our weary heads and reflect on a fantastic weekend of music.

Written by: Sean Reuthe