Y Not Festival organisers have announced a new site for 2018 and provided an update for fans on the promised improvements to the event.
Last year’s festival, which is held in Pikehall, Derbyshire, was cancelled midway through the weekend after extreme weather brought chaos to the site. The festival team was criticised for the way things were handled, with fans claiming staff were not prepared to deal with the events.
The 2018 edition will be held on Aston Hill Farm, which is adjacent to the old site on Mouldridge Lane. “The drive and route to the festival will be exactly the same,” organisers said. “The new site allows us to address some of the challenges of the previous site location.”
They explained the move would improve the number of access points for vehicles, meaning “better access for service vehicles (when clearing waste), emergency and site vehicles, whilst also providing better access for festival goers when arriving at the festival.”
They promised the new site would also have “very clear” routes between the campsites and arenas. You can see a preliminary site map below, and the Y Not team say a full map will be released in the near future.
Other improvements to the festival have also been made, including security and staffing issues. Showsec will now provide security for the event, while CCTV will also be in operation across the site. Steel Shield fencing will be expanded, particularly for exposed areas, to make the campsites more secure, and roaming patrols will manage the perimeter of the festival.
The way festival staff and volunteers are briefed will be reviewed so they can provide improved levels of assistance to festival-goers.
In a statement, organiser Simon Mawbey said: “We understand how important it is to keep the public informed every step of the way and so we hope they are reassured by the improvements being made for this year, including our new site at Aston Hill Farm.”
The updates follow organisers’ pledge last year to deliver “the best event yet”. At the time, fans were invited to share their thoughts and ideas on how the festival could be improved.
Y Not Festival 2018 will take place between July 27-29. Tickets will go on sale when the line-up is announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, pre-payment plan tickets are still available on the official website.