Festival donates to help schools

Y Not Festival crowd pic, 2011.
Y Not Festival crowd pic, 2011.

THE popular, Derbyshire Dales-based music festival Y Not has donated money from this year’s event to support music and sports departments in six local schools.

The three-day live music event, based in Pikehall, has donated £250 each to Parkside Primary, Clifton C of E Primary, St Oswald’s Primary and Parwich Primary (all in Ashbourne) as well as Matlock All Saints C of E Primary and Castle View Primary in Matlock.

Y Not organiser Ralph Broadbent said. “It is great to be able to put something back into the community.

“The local area has been so good to us and we receive such great support from the local people. We wanted to show our support in return & help nurture talent within our schools.

“Who knows, a music pupil from one of the schools could be headlining the stage at the Y Not Festival in years to come!”

Y Not, which has been shortlisted for Best Independent Festival at the AIM Awards, is moving into its sixth year now. From just 500 people in the first year, the festival has gone from strength to strength and is now licensed for 4,999 people.

A date has already been set for next year. The festival will be in the same Pikehall location on August 3-5. Y Not promises a fantastic range of acts and a friendly atmosphere.

Headliners from the festival over recent years have included Noah and the Whale, Bombay Bicycle Club, Maximo Park and Feeder.

Tickets for the 2012 festival will go on sale on February 1 with a limited batch of early bird tickets at last year’s prices.

Keep up to date with the Y Not Festival at www.facebook.com/ynotfestival