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By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 07, 2013

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THE line-up for a small, fresh and loud music festival has now been finalised.

Joining The Cribs, The Horrors, The Darkness, The Enemy, Ash and the Mystery Jets and many many more at this year's Y Not Festival in the peak District, are Deaf Havana, IsMe, Chapel Club, Temples, The Temperance Movement, Nightworks, Maybeshewill and Chloe Howl.

Also revealed are the chosen 20 unsigned bands who emerged from Y Not's search for the best of new talent.

The festival, which takes place in the heart of the Peak District in a number of fields at Pikehall, near Matlock, has a tradition of supporting emerging artists - stemming back to its birth in a quarry.

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Festival organiser, Ralph Broadbent said: "There has been an excellent response this year - we had over 1,700 artists apply".

In addition to Y Not, the judging panel included BBC Introducing, Naim Label and top bands, The Horrors, Mystery Jets, and We are The Ocean.

The results can be found on the Y Not website.

BBC Introducing's Dean Jackson said: "I was happy to listen and watch the new artists as, having a long association with Y Not, I know what a fantastic opportunity it is for emerging artists to play."

He added: "I am passionate about development of the next generation of bands and musicians so, consistent with what I do every Saturday night on the radio, I jumped at the chance to help new artists get this important early exposure."

There has been widespread support through Twitter and Facebook from the bands already playing at Y Not.

Aled, from Kids in Glass Houses, said: "Every band has to start somewhere and while the computer has made it easier than ever for bands and musicians to express themselves and produce professional quality work, they still need that bit of help to get seen and heard - and luck."

Glass House's experience, Aled said was very similar: "We got our breaks as an unsigned band by sending our demos in the post to competitions similar to the Y Not one and magazines as well.

"I think Britain is very open and eager for new bands so it's great that Y Not recognise that and are actively supporting and seeking new talent."

And Y Not meanwhile is ensuring this will be a spectacular of a festival. Between the gaps in the music, there are bars, a drive- in cinema, dodgems, helter skelter, a roller disco and unusual sightings rumoured.

Younger families are also being looked after - with expanded family camping and kids activity area. This year the festival runs from August 2 to 4.

For further details and a full-lineup go online to www.ynotfestivals.com

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