LAMP-SHADES hanging in the sky, a giant wooden turtle to chill out in, hay bales to sit and relax on while listening to acoustic acts, and being in a buzzing crowd watching a chart-topping music star perform an awesome and electrifying set - all these ingredients were just part of the recipe which made this year's Y Not Festival another resounding success.
It being my third year in attending this 'Small Fresh and Loud' music festival set in the scenic fields of the Peak District, I did not expect too many surprises. I just packed up my tent and sleeping bag, with my customary festival trilby on, and headed to Pikehall in Derbyshire to enjoy, what I already knew, was a well-organised festival.
However, there were a few surprises in store, or perhaps just things I hadn't witnessed at previous Y Nots - such as the paint fight which was slight ‘carnage’ but all involved seemed to enjoy themselves. There was also the discovery of a secret rave venue for the younger adult generations - and some older - to really let their hair down.
The layout for this year's Y Not Festival was somewhat different to the past two years - but again made for an interesting experience in walking around discovering new aspects and also coming across the Y Not favourites such as the wild west themed Saloon Bar and, of course, the infamous Y Not sign where all festival goers love to have their picture taken by.
In true festival style, the good old British weather created a lovely muddy arena on Saturday after rather torrential rain, but luckily things brightened up from then on in - enabling festival goers just to relax and not worry about finding shelter.
This year's Y Not saw a diverse variety of music from the chilled out acoustic acts in the Hog & Barrel marquee, to crowd-pleasing DJ's in a secret rave tent, and from the talented Newton Faulkner on the Quarry stage, to the rather refreshing jazz and jive act of King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys on the main stage on Sunday afternoon.
Saturday's headlining act certainly put on a show! Chart-topping rapper Dizzee Rascal had the crowds jumping to his tunes - especially his number one hit Bonkers. Not only did he put on a great show vocally but use of lasers and even fireworks really made for an explosive set.
See our videos of the performance here
Sunday’s headlining act was somewhat refreshingly ‘tame’ but still very entertaining in Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls who wrapped up the three day event nicely.
It is certainly festival trilby hat's off to the organisers of the Y Not Festival as they, once again, provided an all age and all walks of life friendly festival which certainly had something for everyone.
Once again, they also ensured that their award-winning toilets were of a pleasing clean state; and there was plenty of food and refreshment available.
Here's looking to next year's Y Not Festival, which will be staged from Friday, July 31 until Sunday, August 2. Early bird tickets are now on sale for £84.50. To find out more, go online to www.ynotfestivals.co.uk