This weekend, Soundsphere are going to the stunning Peak District – but not for the usual rambles and talking to sheep, oh no. Instead, the independent music festival, Y Not?, is taking over the rolling hills to bring big and small name acts together at the event which started off in a quarry eight years ago to raise £200 for charity.
York’s very own Glass Caves have been selected to open the main stage on Sunday. This is hardly surprising, given their track record as consistently perfect performers, both as buskers and in live gigs. The band were selected to play the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds festivals last year, and it isn’t difficult to hear why.
A mop-haired collective of talented indie artists, the Glass Caves deliver their own style of Police fused with The Black Keys, mixed into a vat of all the K’s (Kasabian, The Killers, Kings of Leon) and topped off with a delicious flourish of Arctic Monkeys. Known for their busking roots, the band are often seen on the pavements of York, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool, their sound spreading further afield as each week passes.
With fans looking forward to the imminent debut album release, the main stage at Y Not? is a perfect place for the tight quartet. A band who have clear understanding of music and each other, they’ll fit right in with many of the seasoned headliners such as Frank Turner, Andrew WK, and White Lies.
Festival goers can expect a mix of acoustic and heavy, instrumental and vocally charged sets at the event this year, ranging from Baby Godzilla and God Damn to Newton Faulkner and Dizee Rascal. Renowned for its friendly atmosphere and local support, Y Not? is unlike other ’boutique’ festivals, delivering quality music without the usual corporate push (and prices) of the big name events.
Soundsphere is hoping the weather will hold out, as last year’s thunderstorms forced acts such as The Horrors and Scroobius Pip prematurely off-stage. Look out for the review coming very soon to find out if we got sun-drenched or rain-soaked…