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Crashing in to the 2021 wave of festival line-up releases, Y Not Festival have proven themselves to be a festival to take note of, with huge headline names and floods of buzzing new talent.

Stereophonics close off the Friday night festivities, with time-tested tunes that showcase exactly what the weekend is all about; shouting along to lyrics you love with your mates and already slightly sun-burnt skin. We can only keep our fingers crossed between now and the late July weekend that the group will play fan favourites, ‘Dakota’ creeping out as the prime example.

Any avid festival goer knows exactly how legendary a Bombay Bicycle performance is; the deceptively melodic tracks gain a new life when live, becoming electric signifiers of a summer in full swing. Just imagine ‘Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)’ reverberating through you as the sun goes down, and try to tell us you don’t instantly want to be at Y Not.

With Blossoms rounding off the Sunday shows, you’re guaranteed a setlist of indie-rock anthems, perfected in performance through years of gigging and lively festival showings. Indie-rock darlings DMA’S also come out of their lock down hiding to join them and once again take to the stage, and we can’t help but anticipate that this might be the most riotous set yet. With both bands having made the most of the more unusual times, we cannot wait to see how they jump guitar-first into their sets.

Early visitors are also treated to a performance by Circa Waves: festival favourites who need no introduction. Their tracks seem ready made for sunny days on a field – a star booking to get even more festival goers set up and raring to go on that earlier night if we’ve ever seen one.

Pale Waves, Sundara Karma, and Jake Bugg join the list, forming a well established rota that know not only how to perform, but how to perform for a festival as lively as this one. The Sherlocks, Jaws, and Bloxx are also set to make an appearance, the latter in particular being famed for outperforming bands miles above them in line-up lists. If you’ve already got your tickets, or are set to get them soon, make a note of Bloxx as a group to catch by any cost.

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Here we go; after Monday’s sneak peak, here’s our first full batch of artists for 2021. All in Wakefield City Centre within easy walking distance, in a range of weird and wonderful Wakefield spaces. Just £30 for your wristband to wander around as you choose. We’ve got group discounts too.

We started this in 2011 not really knowing what we were doing. We just knew we want to get people to Wakefield to see some great grassroots artists breaking through, whilst checking in with a few musical legends on the way. It’s been a pretty tough ten years, but we’re still here. You’re still here too. So, let’s get together and celebrate the fact, right?!

Tickets available now (with our currently reduced capacity, they are well over half gone).

All tickets previously bought are still valid. Weekend & VIP tickets are on sale now. For anyone who has bought day tickets please note they’re still valid and we appreciate your patience as we accommodate to artists new touring timetables.

We really hope that with our new dates, we finally have something to look forward to! Once again we really are overwhelmed with the support and love we’ve received from everyone and hope you’re as excited as us to party together, but this time in October.  Join us for one of the most unforgettable Sound City’s featuring headline acts Rejjie Snow & Red Rum Club & many more including The Mysterines, The Lathums, Lanterns On The Lake and 100s more to be announced! 

To spread some cheer before the end of a very difficult year, we are thrilled to reveal who’s joining PIXIES, King Krule, Big Thief, Bright Eyes, Little Simz and Aldous Harding at End of the Road 2021. Feast your eyes on over 100 artists on the bill, some familiar from 2020, some not so much…

The peerless Perfume Genius returns, this time to headline on Thursday night. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever also make a return. The Aussie five-piece are set to rip up the fields of Dorset again with ridiculously catchy guitar pop.

Creative force Les Amazones d’Afrique will join us from Mali plus the groundbreaking Les Filles de Illighadad whose lead guitarist Fatou Seidi Ghali is one of the only Tuareg female guitarists in Niger. All female seven piece Star Feminine Band hail from Benin and play a lucky dip of cross-African styles.

The Music

Despite live music being derailed for 2020 Leeds’ will host a monumental reunion show to look forward to in May 2021! Returning to the stage are The Music, the Kippax band that shot to the top of the charts back in the early 00’s with their hugely infectious dance-rock songs including ‘Take the Long Road and Walk It’, ‘Welcome to the North’  and the track with everyone’s favourite riff from 2002 ‘The People’.

Joining the reunion party in May is a line-up of indie legends, leading the support billing is Wakefield’s very own ‘The Cribs’ themselves returning from a short hiatus with their brand new album and first in 3 years ‘Night Network’ set for release in November 2020. Joining them will be The Wirral’s indie-pop heroes ‘The Coral’ a mainstay of the indie scene for the best part of two decades. Fast-rising Scottish band ‘The Snuts’ who have already been selling out venues across the country and London outfit ‘The Skinner Brothers’ completing the bill.  With such a strong line-up of bands this will surely be one of the gigs of 2021 as live music makes a triumphant return to Yorkshire, and an exhilarating way to forget live music’s most forgettable year.

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