ORGANISERS OF the 29,000-capacity Y Not? Festival in July have unveiled a new site and say they have learnt from customer feedback following the cancellation of its final day last year due to bad weather.
The event was criticised by ticket-holders for being slow to organise a refunds (see LIVE UK issue 211), but eventually it refunded 50 per cent of the price of standard camping tickets.
The new site at Aston Hill Farm in Derbyshire is adjacent to the previous site, but with better vehicle access, more camping space and easier routes between campsites and arenas.
The event, owned by radio giant Global’s subsidiary Count of Ten, has employed new security contractor Showsec and also promises improved traffic management, CCTV and fencing systems.
“Distressing and difficult as it was for customers and our team, it was a good opportunity to take stock and think about how to make this the optimum experience,” says event manager Simon Mawbey. “We communicated [with customers] after last year and have taken their comments on
“Festivals are not always glorious sunshine, so we’ve looked at our operational planning to make sure we’re in as good a position as possible in the event of poor weather.”
Early-bird tickets priced up to £104.50 have sold-out, with the main ticket release due in mid-February, although customers can sign up to a monthly payment plan with a total cost of £119.50.
Mawbey won’t reveal line-up in advance of the main onsale, but says the 14-stage event has expanded its family and children provision.
Last year’s line-up included The Vaccines and Stereophonics, with the Happy Mondays and Maximo Park day cancelled.