• What: A 'small, fresh and loud' music festival in the Peak District countryside
  • Where: Pikehall (near Matlock), Derbyshire
  • When: August 3rd-5th 2012

Taking place across next weekend in the beautiful surroundings of the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire, Y-Not is a small and dynamic live music festival, showcasing a multitude of both well-established acts as well as some of the best up-and-coming bands spread across its five stage areas. With a capacity of just 5,000 people, Y-Not offers an intimate and award winning – last year the festival won 'The Grassroots Festival Award' at the 2011 Festival Awards, as well as, let's face it, most importantly, the 'Best Toilets' award – festival experience all set in the idyllic setting of the Peak District, making it ideal for both festival first-timers – as it was for me three years ago – as well more seasoned festivalgoers.

On Thursday, those who were lucky enough to grab an early bird ticket will be treated to a set from the magnificent Beans on Toast, as well as first performances from Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun, Naymedici and The Rash.

For those without early bird tickets, the party begins on Friday with main stage performances from King Charles, Frightened Rabbit and Fixers, topped off with a headline set from Scottish quartet, The View. Or, if you'd prefer something a little heavier The Giant Squid is probably the place for you. Playing host to the likes of Rolo Tomassi, Straight Lines, &U&I, Delta Alaska, plus 405 readers' favourites Brontide – and this is just the Friday! – The Giant Squid looks set to feature heavily in our weekend itinerary. As if that wasn't enough there's always the little matter of Mercury Prize nominee, Ghostpoet playing a headline set to the second stage – The Quarry – plus of course loads of other great bands and other activities to keep you entertained.

Saturday sees the likes Y-Not veterans of Rams Pocket Radio, Cast of Cheers, FOE and dreamy pop duo Summer Camp, all take to the main stage, which is topped off with closing sets from British Sea Power and a headline set from The Wombats. Although they face strong competition from The Quarry headliners, Pulled Apart By Horses, who are surely set to produce one of the sets of the weekend. Meanwhile, The Giant Squid stage continues with where it left off from on Friday, with sets from 405 favourites Tall Ships – who are surely destined for great things with the release of their album later this year – as well as from crowd favourite The Xcerts, fresh from their headline set at Y-Not's sister festival 2000 Trees earlier this month, and of course headliners iLiKETRAiNS who top the bill. Perhaps most importantly, Saturday also see the 'official' fancy dress day, with this year's theme 'What I wanted to be when I grew up' take place.

On Sunday, the fun continues and for those feeling a little delicate and who may prefer something a little gentler, The Quarry is surely the place to be, with what are sure to be brilliant sets from Lucy Rose and the equally wondrous Slow Club who always know how to put on a good show. The party closes on Sunday with a headline performance from the powerhouse that is We Are Scientists, famed for their lives shows the trio are the perfect end to what is set to be another fantastic Y-Not festival and with less than 400 tickets still remaining you'd best not miss out!