YO1 festival Preview: The Knavesmire, 05/05/13

YO1 festival Preview: The Knavesmire, 05/05/13

There’s been a lot of buzz on and off campus surrounding this year’s YO1 festival. With the high demand for large-scale music festivals and the likes of Leeds Fest and the Parklife Weekender owning the northern festival scene, it seems there’s little space for the smaller, more unassuming festivals these days.

Wrong. If the success of last year’s Beacon’s festival is anything to go by, then it seems that the smaller, more niche festivals are just what the proverbial doctor ordered. And with its amazing line-up and vast array of food & drink stalls, there’s little wonder why YO1 is fast becoming York’s most anticipated event to date.

If you were lucky enough to escape the clutches of exams and brave the unpredictable yorkshire weather for last year’s festival, you would have been impressed by the high standard of music and laudable community spirit that created the buzzing atmosphere that surrounded it.

This year has pulled out all the stops. Boasting five music stages with artists from all over the country, eight street food stalls and a large vintage fair, this year’s YO1 festival has come on leaps and bounds from last years successful event. Circulation takes a look at what there is to look forward to.


As with all festivals, it’s the headline acts of the main stage that pulls the majority of the punters. And YO1 is certainly not lacking in that department. Rudimental featured heavily on our radios in 2012 with such tunes as ‘Feel the Love’ and ‘Not Giving In’ while Jackmaster and Oneman – the latter being a huge hit at last year’s Beacons Festival – have grown in popularity since cropping up as regular fixtures over Manchester Warehouse Project’s winter season. This year’s surprise sneaky addition sees AlunaGeorge, 2013’s tasteful answer to Azealia Banks, grace the main stage with their sensual vocals and heavy beats.

And if these big names aren’t enough, there’s also a handful of emerging artists and local acts sharing the stage. Lulu James (one of the two supporting acts accompanying Jessie Ware on her upcoming tour), Royce Rolls (hosting this years main stage) and Myth Richards (in the words of Annie Mac “wow”) to name but a few. And of course who could forget York University’s own Marzec Group. What York line-up would be complete without them?


Yes, we’re hosting a stage! And yes, we’re very excited. And who wouldn’t be when members of our very own get to play alongside the likes of Medlar, Greymatter and Luv*Jam. What’s more we will also be showcasing plenty of up-and-coming talent, something that is at the heart of what Circulation is all about, and topping off the listings with resident DJs from York’s now prominent electronic music scene. If you’re local, we doubt very much that ‘Milli Vanilli’, ‘Bangers&Mash’ and ‘Breakz’ are names you have yet to hear.


Well known and much loved, Bison Coffee House is a frequent haunt of york residents. From live music events to purveyor of vintage furniture to baker of homemade brownies, there’s not much these guys can’t do. Reprising last year’s role as stage hosts, this year shows a step-up in their line-up. With more of a focus on live bands and acoustic artists, Bison will be sharing their stage with such names as Fox North Coalition, Radio 2 favourite Boss Caine, Jools Holland protege Edwina Hayes and local artists Alisia Casper and Alice Ostapjuk to name but a few. And for those in search of something a little bit different, your search will probably end with “post-hippie comic” Rory Motion.


No festival would be without it. Irie Vibes are York’s particular brand of Reggae, Roots and Dub. With almost 20 DJs, producers and artists, it’s no wonder they’ve been asked to drag along their custom-built 10kw sound system and “positive and inclusive vibes” to host their own stage. Joining them are last year’s favourites Channel One Sound System, native Yorkshireman Jonny Crawshaw and “100% funky soul” Eugene French. Not to mention Cojo, owner of North-West Reggae’s Bushrocker Hifi, and Irie Vibes’ very own live act, collaborating a number of artists from around York.


Joe Coates and the rest of the Please Please You team are heralded by many as somewhat saviours of live music in York. Having previously hosted a myriad of artists (Lanterns On The Lake, The Travelling Band and Girls Names to name but a few of the more prestigious acts) in a variety of venues all over York, they have put their thinking caps together to bring a stellar lineup to their YO1 stage. Hookworm will be braving the 20 minute train ride from Leeds, Virals the marginally longer journey from Nottingham and PAWS the daunting trek all the way from Glasgow. Please Please You have pulled out all the stops to collect artists from all over the UK. But, as ever, talent is never far away and homegrown White Firs and Fawn Spots will be returning to their roots to join the others on the PPY stage.

YO1 Festival will take place on Sunday the 5th May in Knavesmire York. Tickets are priced at £20 adult/£17.50 students and are available online at http://www.yo1events.co.uk/tickets or can be reserved and collected from one of our promoters next term.

Roseanna Brear