10 music festivals in Derbyshire that you should know about in 2015

Party surrounded by countryside views at Y Not? festival in Pikehall.

Party surrounded by countryside views at Y Not? festival in Pikehall. - Credit: Archant

Not sure where to go this summer for the best festival experience? We’ve got it covered in our guide to Derbyshire music festivals for 2015

The Outdoor Stage at Indie Tracks festival

The Outdoor Stage at Indie Tracks festival - Credit: Archant

Derbyshire is home to a cluster of independent music festivals – from folk festivals to rock festivals to a good family day out. So start planning your summer here, with a UK festival in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.

Bearded Theory

Catton Hall

21-24 May 2015

Set in the beautiful grounds of Catton Hall, South Derbyshire, this family festival was the winner of the UK’s Best Small Festival. It has a range of acts, from underground music and live dance DJs to bands hailing from all over the world – rock band, James, are one of the headliners this year – plus a one acre ‘children’s village’ packed with fun activities.

Buy your tickets here.


Party into the night at Bearded Theory

Party into the night at Bearded Theory - Credit: Archant

Xstatic Festival

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Catton Hall

27 June 2015

If electronic music is your thing then head to Xstatic. Showcasing House, Trance, Psy-Trance, Techno and Hard Dance within a cosy capacity of 5000 at Catton Hall for one day only.www.xstaticfestival.co.uk

Y Not? Festival


31 July – 2 August 2015

Y Not? began life as a gathering of young people attending an overspilling house party in deepest, darkest Derbyshire. It aims to retain the carefree, good-time atmosphere of those original, dawning years from its Pikehall location. Against a backdrop of panoramic countryside views, the music is a melting pot of emerging, established and eclectic talent.Get your ticket here.www.ynotfestivals.co.uk

Y Not? festival, Pikehall.

Y Not? festival, Pikehall. - Credit: Archant

Buxton Festival


10 – 26 – July 2015

Described as a “happy marriage of opera, music and books,” Buxton Festival is one of the UK’s leading arts and literary festivals. With events in the famous Buxton Opera House and throughout the town, the festival features up-and-coming, and also internationally established, artists and literary figures in a packed two-week programme with ticket sales of over 40,000.www.buxtonfestival.co.uk

Download Festival

Donington Park

12-14 June 2015

This well known rock festival at Donington Park classes itself as the “spiritual home of rock”. Always a magnet for big names on the rock music and metal scene this year promises to be bigger than ever. Headliners for 2015 include Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Muse and Kiss. Get your ticket here. www.downloadfestival.co.uk

Muse are one of the headline acts at Download festival this year.

Muse are one of the headline acts at Download festival this year. - Credit: Archant

Stainsby Festival


17-19 July 2015

Focusing on folk and world music, Stainsby Festival is run entirely by unpaid volunteers – meaning that any profits go back into the music. This festival is also dog-friendly so you don’t have to feel guilty enjoying the beautiful rural setting while your pooch pines at home! Buy your tickets here.www.stainsbyfestival.org.uk

Bloodstock Open Air Festival

Catton Park

6-9 August 2015-01-22

Rob Zombie and Trivium are among the headliners already confirmed for Bloodstock – the UK’s largest independent metal festival. The Walton-on-Trent based festival boasts 100 international rock and metal acts across four stages, as well as other attractions including a huge international metal market, late night entertainment in the Sophie Lancaster Tent and fairground rides.

The expectant crowd at Bloodstock festival.

The expectant crowd at Bloodstock festival. - Credit: Archant

Buy tickets here. www.bloodstock.uk.com

Indie Tracks Festival

Midland Railway Centre, Near Ripley

24-26 July 2015

A unique combination of steam trains and indie pop music, Indie Tracks festival has been going since 2007. With around 50 new and established indiepop artists performing. Enjoy steam train rides, railway attractions and museums, discos, art and craft workshops, great food and a selection of real ales.www.indietracks.co.uk

Northern Green Gathering


6-9 August 2015

Set on a lovely organic farm near Ashbourne, Nothern Green Gathering is the North’s oldest green festival. There’s a plethora of workshops and activities, solar and bike powered bands and Djs over 3 stages, all sorts of arts and crafts, a large healing garden and a bar.

Buy your tickets here. ww.nggonline.org.uk

Off the Tracks Festival

Donington Park Farmhouse

4-6 September 2015

Listen to music at one of the four stages, or to impromptu music in the bars while surrounded by rural views. Expect music ranging from chilled out acoustica to late night psychadelia or learn arts, crqafts and circus skills with the kids.

Buy tickets here. www.offthetracks.co.uk

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