Y Not festival certainly pulled a surprise out of the bag this week, by announcing that Happy Mondays will feature at the 12th edition of the Derbyshire event, alongside 35 other newly revealed acts.
One of the spearheads of the thriving 80s and 90s Manchester music scene, Happy Mondays fused Hacienda-inspired dance music with indie rock to create a unique sound, making them one of the most popular acts of their generation.
This will be the recently-reunited band’s first taste of Y Not, and so far figures as one of only four scheduled summer festival appearances for Shaun Ryder and co.
Alongside them, Sydney rockers DMA’S will make the short trip from the other side of the world to join proceedings in Pikehall.
After releasing their magnificent debut album Hill’s End just over a year ago, a string of festival appearances in the UK certainly helped raise their profile, winning plenty of admirers on this side of the globe.
And this is hardly surprising, as the Aussies’ sound is a nostalgic throwback to the Britpop days of the likes of Oasis.
Nowadays grime music is more popular than ever before, and the Londoner has certainly played his part in the rising status of the UK rap movement.
Songs such as Fester Skank and Rari Workout are certainly capable of getting any crowd going.
Clean Cut Kid will also grace the UK’s best medium festival of 2015, after the April release of their upcoming debut album Felt.
The catchy indie pop quartet have been championed by Mistajam and Annie Mac on Radio One, and are hotly-tipped to make a breakthrough in 2017.
Singer-songwriter Declan McKenna is another exciting young talent. The 18 year-old made the BBC Sounds of 2017 longlist, and he’ll be featuring at the festival for the first time.
The other acts who are set to appear in Derbyshire are ferocious punk outfit Spring King, folk-punk singer Frank Turner, DJ Idris Elba, experimental Birmingham group Superfood and indie funk act Bad Sounds.
They’ll be joined by: Deaf Havana, Jaguar Skills, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Norman Jay, Honeyblood, Young Guns, Black Honey, Will Varley, Blaenavon, Kagoule, VUKOVI, Black Foxxes, Splashh, Muncie Girls, God Damn, Menace Beach, Twin Wild, Strange Bones, The Rhythm Method, HAUS, Dan Caplen, Catherine McGrath, OUTLYA, King No-One, Patawawa, Roman Kouder and John Leather’s Tarantino Disco.