This was just not the best year for Y Not… The British music festival in Derbyshire experienced a mess when unexpected rain rolled in and turned the grounds into a complete mud pit.
“Unfortunately we’ve had to take the difficult decision to cancel Sunday due to the adverse weather conditions across the weekend, after consulting all the relevant authorities,” Y Not said in an official statement.
However, that didn’t seem to be enough for some of the music festival’s attendees. Many compared the festival to Glastonbury 2016 (which also experienced mud, but the show went on), and some took to social media to express their concerns…
Imagine a British festival that wasn't prepared for rain
YNOT Festival: Hold my beer
— Alex Cadman (@AlexanderCadman) July 30, 2017
Paying £140+ to watch ONE act,kill your legs & be dripping in mud;probably returning with pneumonia,is not my ideal weekend @Y_Not_Festival
— Ellie (@ell_whitehead) July 30, 2017
— Rebecca Handford (@Mappede) July 30, 2017
A managing director of Y Not festival, told the BBC they used 80 tons of wood chips to firm the soggy ground and was “gutted” by the cancellation of the festival. But, it seems much like the rain, the social posts just aren’t letting up…
— Kate (@Katefranklin77) July 30, 2017
At least these guys had a good attitude about it…
From the sound of Y Not’s official statement posted via Facebook during the chaos, it’s good to see they had an action plan for getting people out safely — they didn’t go full “Fyre Fest” or anything.
Refunds will be made in the coming days.
Y Not Official Statement
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM Y NOT FESTIVAL
Unfortunately we’ve had to take the difficult decision to cancel Sunday due to the adverse weather conditions across the weekend, after consulting all the relevant authorities. The safety of our guests, performers and crew is our primary concern and the potential risk was too severe for Sunday to go ahead. We are very sorry for the disappointment and disruption caused to everyone who was looking forward to the final day of the festival. We understand that people will have questions about refunds. We will be giving all our guests further information about this over the coming days.
We advise people to pack their tents and belongings and leave the site calmly over the course of the day. The event team, security, and stewards are here to help and assist.
The car parks have also been affected by the rain and we have put in place additional measures to support the safe departure of all guests. Please bear with us at this time, as it may take longer than expected to exit.
Car Pick Up Point
The pick-up and drop off area for cars is operating as usual, please follow the signs. If you are picking someone up please use the designated area and do not stop on the main road.
If you are already booked on a Sunday shuttle bus to Matlock and Buxton Train Stations, please head towards the VIP car park. Please check social media and our website for updated information.
Big Green Coach Departures
Please follow the regular social media update and our website for further information on the Big Green Coach departures.
STAYING ON SITE UNTIL MONDAY
For those of you who are unable to leave site today, Y NOT will provide support in the form of campsites, welfare and food stalls which will be open and staffed throughout. If you are planning on staying, please do not pack up your tent and equipment.
MEDICAL & WELFARE
The medical and welfare services are operating as usual and are located next to the Village Green, should any guests require any additional support and assistance.
PHONE, CASH MACHINES & FOOD
Phone charging is available at the Village Green. Cash Machines are located near the Giant Squid venue. Food stalls will be trading as normal in the campsites and festival arenas.
We will be providing all guests with further information about this in the coming days.
Ending Y NOT 2017 like this was an incredibly difficult decision and we are as disappointed as you are. Getting guests off site safely is our number one priority. Please bear with us and if you do need to contact us please be advised that our response may be a little delayed at this time.