Derbyshire’s Y Not Festival has announced that they have cancelled the event due to the lack of government assistance.
The festival was set to be headlined by Blossoms, Bombay Bicycle Club and Stereophonics. On top of that, other acts booked to appear included DMA’s, Fontaines D.C., Manic Street Preachers, Jake Bugg, Sleaford Mods and James.
In a statement, organisers have said: “It has been the hardest decision to make and we were hoping that by this summer we would be in a position to celebrate with you all, but unfortunately that isn’t the case.”
They continued: “We have now been placed in an extremely awkward position. We are yet to receive the government’s guidance from their pilot schemes and the lack of a government-backed insurance package, amid rising Covid cases, makes us unable to fully commit to the next stages of planning for this year’s event, without greatly risking the future of Y Not.”
The cancellation arrives just days after Sheffield’s Tramlines Festival was accepted on the government’s Event Research Programme and announced it would be going ahead as planned. Y Not attempted to get on to the same programme but were unfortunately rejected.
They added: “We have persevered as long as we could and looked at all of our options, including putting ourselves in the running to be part of a government-sponsored Event Research Programme. Unfortunately, we were not selected for this.
“We know how desperately you all need a music festival this year and we feel exactly the same, which is why we have pushed to the absolute limit in order to explore every possibility of going ahead.”
Y Not is not the only festival in this boat, with Kendal Calling, Truck Festival, and more also announcing that they can’t go ahead this year.