Ralph and Alex, the co-founders of Pinter, share a deep-rooted passion for crafting unforgettable experiences for our customers. What you might not be aware of is that this passion was ignited during their tenure as organizers of the renowned Y Not Festival. This commitment to creating memorable moments has seamlessly transitioned into Pinter, where we are unceasingly dedicated to providing outstanding customer experiences.
As a company, we are wholeheartedly committed to making Fresh Beer accessible to a broad audience, recognizing the symbiotic relationship between live music and beer. It's no coincidence that music venues and events around the world feature both as integral components of the overall experience; they complement each other perfectly.
Y Not Festival played host to some of the most electrifying musical talent in the country. For more than a decade, this award-winning festival welcomed thousands of music enthusiasts with the motto: "Small, Fresh, and Loud." From headliners like Snoop Dogg, Noel Gallagher, Madness, and The 1975, festival-goers were guaranteed a phenomenal time. Notably, it received accolades such as the UK Festival Award for Grass Roots Festival (2011), Best Small Festival (2012), Best Medium-Sized Festival (2015), and, quite impressively, the Award for Best Toilets (2011).
Ralph Shares the Festival's Origin Story
“When I was 18, my Mum and Dad said they were going on holiday, leaving me at home alone for the first time. I duly took the opportunity to invite the whole of the sixth form to a secret house party in their absence. It would have been an absolute disaster - thankfully (with hindsight) they cancelled the holiday which meant the party couldn't happen at our house.
I couldn't take the social embarrassment of cancelling. So everyone in the year chipped in £3 and hired a quarry down the road. We had a 2-day party and it was legendary. Everyone bought their own drinks and 3 bands and 2 DJs from school played. The next year I went off to university but I formed this into a business - it became Y Not Festival.
By 2016 this first venture would grow to become one of the biggest independent festival groups (Count of Ten Group) with 7 festivals, 25 full-time and 300 part-time staff all by the time I was 28. It was born out of a single house party, which would grow to become a 30,000-person festival. I didn't set out to do that but I had the most incredible 10 years and built a truly amazing team of people.
Back in 2014, with the festival growing each year, one thing remained consistent, we kept an intimate relationship with our fans, always focusing on them and the music and keep things fresh and exciting."
Whether it's festival enthusiasts or devoted Fresh Beer connoisseurs, Ralph and Alex remain dedicated to nurturing and enriching our community.