THEY did it again !! The team at Y Not Festival did a cracking job in organising and running an amazing family friendly music festival in a field in the scenic Peak District.
Ok yes, with the splurge of extreme hot weather we have been enjoying this year in the UK, I really did think that we may witness a hot and dry Y Not Festival for a change.
But as the excitable count down to the weekend at Pikehall began, I could tell that ponchos and wellies would still be a must for my rucksack packing list.
However despite a rather drastic thunder storm on the Friday night, which even caused the organisers to sadly stop the set of Mystery Jets on the Big Gin Stage, revellers were still able to enjoy the weekend of festival atmosphere and shenanigans.
The fantastic line-up this year was evidence that not only are more and more festival goers realising what a pure gem this 'small fresh and loud' festival is, but so too are national acts such as The Horrors, The Darkness and The Enemy.
There was something for most musical tastes with a reggae marquee which was forever bouncing to the rhythms of the Jamaican-originated music, a rave tent for the younger revellers, as well as a marquee playing party tunes for those who just wanted to dance away to well-known floor fillers from across the decades.
As well as popular national acts, there was some great up-and-coming acts which really could have done with being on the main stage instead of in the Quarry Stage marquee to be honest.
One such act was The 1975, because of the crowds that flocked to witness their performance not everyone could fit in the marquee. Perhaps two main stages for next year's event? There was the usual wide variety of food available on site, and of superb tasty quality too.
The quirky décor around the site was fantastic this year from the traditional 'Y Not' letters standing tall in one area, to an array of lanterns in another area where I believe some fella even proposed to his girlfriend! The staff and security staff at the site were once again professional but friendly at the same time, ensuring festival goers were well looked after but were also able to have a good time.
The segregation of camping - with family, quiet and standard areas on offer - proved that Y Not Festival is for all types of music lovers.
The head-lining act of The Darkness certainly ended the festival with a vibrant and energetic glory - front man Justin Hawkins interacted with the enthusiastic crowd and entertained with his stage antics including 'clapping' along to his band's music with his feet while in a handstand position.
The band themselves said later on their Twitter Page: "Put simply, the greatest gig experience we've ever had...Matlock thank you and see you on our winter tour! X p.s Now we need new outfits ;)"
I know there is so much more about this year's Y Not Festival that I could rave on about but to sum up: a great weekend for veteran and virgin festival goers alike! I must add that I am proud to say that, yet again, I did not land on my behind in the slippery slidey mud - although I had a fair few dicey moments!
FESTIVAL REVIEW BY BELINDA HARGREAVES
Prior to The Darkness ending this year's Y Not Festival, the three-piece indie rock band of The Enemy took to the main stage.
We caught up with bass player, Andy Hopkins, a few days after the festival.
He said: "We really enjoyed Y Not Festival. It was a shame about the weather but fair play to the crowd for sticking it out."
Andy explained that he and his band mates had decided to focus on smaller festivals this year rather than play at larger scale ones such as V Festival and Tea In The Park as they have done in past years.
He said: "We decided to do smaller festivals this year as they have more of an intimate feel to them.
"But in saying that the crowd was big at Y Not. They were great and the organisers were absolutely brilliant."
As for what's in store for The Enemy after a summer of festival, Andy said: "We will be writing our next album over the next few months and will hopefully be doing a support tour towards the end of the year."