This time last week thousands of music fans across the east midlands and beyond were waking up to an alcohol and euphoria induced hangover. The previous night Justin Hawkins and his band of merry men had strutted, shimmied and crowdsurfed their lycra clad selves to a climactic finale.
With his perk nipples and well maintained moustache still firmly emblazoned in our minds, it would be arguable that Y Not Festival 2013 saved the best until last. As a sodden Derbyshire reverberated to the sound of ‘Get Your Hands Off My Woman’, ‘Every Inch Of You’ and 2003’s hit ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’, the Darkness and Hawkins once again proved that they are no novelty act.
However, it was Saturday night’s headliners and Y Not’s biggest ever crowd that this festival will be remembered for. I am not sure what the Cribs opened with due to having to physically drag my compadres away from their vodka, but the mammoth set which included ‘Men’s Needs’, ‘Come On Be A No One’ and ‘Be Safe’ closed with 2009’s ‘City Of Bugs’. The brothers from Wakefield are one of Britain’s best live bands right now and the crowd certainly reflected that.
Other top performances included: Drenge, The Enemy, Swim Deep, Electric Six and ShaoDow.
Disclaimer: We didn’t see Friday’s headliners, ‘the Horrors’, due to a thunderstorm which meant we had to return to our tent and get blind drunk.
- Drenge – Drenge: Exclusive album stream (theguardian.com)