Y Not Festival feat. University of Derby

We have teamed up with Derbyshire's Y Not music festival for an exciting partnership. This gives amazing new opportunities for our students - and we even have our very own festival bar during the event!

Music and more

Y Not Festival returned this year for the 13th time in Pikehall, Derbyshire, from 26-29 July 2018. This year's festival had a great combination of bands such as The Libertines, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Kaiser Chiefs.

Our partnership with Y Not Festival brings you an exciting and immersive festival experience, plus amazing opportunities for some of our students, unique internships, creative festival coverage and our festival bar, the Derby Arms. 

Students Alex and Matt running the DJ booth at the Derby Arms during Y Not Festival 2018 - Holly Cole Photography
Shot of exterior to Derby Arms venue at Y Not Festival 2018

The Derby Arms

The Derby Arms is a prime destination during the festival weekend - our very own pop-up pub buzzing with activities. This year's jam-packed entertainment included a Sounds Familiar Music Quiz, Student Union DJs, Funk and Soul sessions, a spot of classic darts and bingo, and a DJ set from The Amazons. Thanks to all the festival goers who dropped by to visit us between some of the best bands at Y Not.

The Bar at the Derby Arms for Y Not Festival 2018
The Amazons DJ set at the Derby Arms during Y Not Festival 2018

Learn from the best

As part of our partnership with Y Not Festival, a range of exclusive specialist masterclasses with industry experts will be held at the University, so our students can create experiences that look and sound as good as this.

Simon Mawbey, Y Not Festival Co-founder and its Head of Marketing, delivered our first masterclass. He shared his knowledge on how to promote and market an event successfully and offered advice on how to start a festival, explaining how Y Not started life as a field party with 100 friends before becoming a yearly festival that attracts over 25,000 people.

"It’s a crazy, competitive marketplace but Y Not Festival has been successful. It’s quite surreal. It’s a significant event now and is nationally established.” Simon Mawbey

Student interns

A number of our students were able to secure internships with Y Not Festival. We took a moment to catch up with Derby Arms student DJs Matt and Alex

What was the best thing about working at Y Not?

Alex: I’ve gained lots of experience taking part by DJing and taking photos all around the site.

Matt: Managing the sound equipment for a stage at a festival for the first time and accommodating the requirements of acts such as The Amazons.”

What was the funniest thing you saw? 

Alex: A man wearing a huge wig that stretched down to his feet.

Matt: Someone wheeling their drunk friend around in a wheelbarrow!

What can you take away from this experience?

Alex: To be able to say I have performed at Y Not and had so much fun at the same time!

Matt: Great memories from the weekend - and also the ability to handle technical bookings and organise hire of equipment to meet the needs of a client.

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