The UK’s Premier Festival for unearthing the best new talent, Dot To Dot Festival, returns to Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham from the 26th- 28th May for its 12th edition. After the record attendance was smashed and Manchester was marked a sell out last year, more of the same is expected for 2017 with a huge line-up of stellar established performers and scorchingly hot newcomers.
As it stands the venue info is still pending but until then here is everything else you need to know about Dot To Dot Festival.
As it is a metropolitan festival they make use of the best venues across all 3 cities filling their stages all day with exciting bands and singers. To get into all these venues (age restrictions may apply) you’ll need a wristband which you can get at the start of the day by visiting their Wristband Exchange and swapping your ticket for a wristband. When you collect your wristband you’ll also get a free program which has detailed set times, a map to all venues, food and drinks offers across the city and band recommendations from local tastemakers.
MANCHESTER (FRI 26TH MAY) Doors at 14:00, expected finish time: 04:00
BRISTOL (SAT 27TH MAY) Doors at 12:00, expected finish time: 04:00
NOTTINGHAM (SUN 28TH MAY) Doors at 11:00, expected finish time: 04:00
MANCHESTER - Old Granada Studios, Atherton St, Manchester M3 3GS
BRISTOL - Thekla, The Grove East, Mud Dock, Bristol BS1 4RB
NOTTINGHAM - Outside Rock City, 8 Talbot St, Nottingham NG1 5GG
With so many bands playing it is near impossible to do a full break down of exactly who you should see, but all the same here is our personal Top 10 must sees.
1. The Slow Readers Club
The Slow Readers Club are a Manchester based four piece who specialise in Indie Electro Doom Pop.
With a successful support slot with the mighty James on the 'Girl At The End Of The World' tour under their belts and 3 successful headline slots at O2 Ritz Manchester, Whelans Dublin and Oslo Hackney these guys are starting to make waves and are defiantly a band you need to check out at this years Dot To Dot.
Listen here - https://soundcloud.com/theslowreadersclub
2. Gothic Tropic
Los Angeles' Gothic Tropic introduces some hard edges to the playful world of Pop. Gothic Tropic keeps the vibe effervescent, punchy and psychedelic, with a unique lead guitar style inspired by 70's heroes Television and Wire as well as female Rock nobilitylike Blondie and Fleetwood Mac.
Listen here - https://soundcloud.com/gothic-tropic
3. Cherry Glazerr
Mixing elements of Garage, Punk, Pop and Fuzz Rock and a live show that can sometimes venture into the NSFW territory Cherry Glazerr are likely to bring something very unique to this years festival.
Listen here - https://soundcloud.com/cherryglazerr
4. Amber Run
British quintet Amber Run deliver lush, cinematic Pop with a moody and introspective tone. Rising stars these guys are heading to the top and Dot To Dot festival is a perfect chance to check them out and join their history.
Listen here - https://soundcloud.com/amberrunofficial
Rob Kolar sings and strums his rollicking guitar, Lauren Brown uses her whole body as a percussive instrument. KOLARS has created a sonic world that straddles self-described genres such as Desert Disco, R&Beyond, Space Blues, and Glam-a-billy. Rob produces, mixes, and writes the material. His studio experimentation is incorporated into the live show. Lauren has invented her own drumming style. She tap dances rhythms with her feet atop a bass drum while simultaneously playing a stand-up kit. She uses this dance to transform beats into natural extensions of her movement. The two perform with energy, sweat, and excitement, thrilling audiences with their unabashed exuberance.
Listen here - https://soundcloud.com/kolars
6. Liv Dawson
18 year old Liv Dawson is all about the voice. Offering contemporary spell binding Pop that displays Liv’s incredible talent, prepare to be captivated by her performance.
Listen here - https://soundcloud.com/livdawsonofficial
Despite their minimal setup, Honeyblood’s songs are fully formed and perfectly assured. With nothing extraneous, their music is driven through tightly-bound instrumentals and laced with the sheer strength and beauty of Stina’s voice. The Scottish duo will pull you in and never let go.
Listen here - https://soundcloud.com/honeyblood
8. Jesse Terry
Jesse Terry is a singer/songwriter with an uncanny ability to weave tales of travel and homecoming, of sorrow and of redemption, into songs that are simultaneously timeless and fresh. Terry has an undeniable talent for connecting with his audience - to share stories that are personal, yet utterly relatable – to create a sense of home, even among the strangers he meets on the road.
Listen here - https://soundcloud.com/jesseterry
9. Anna Straker
Anna began her career singing backing vocals on chart topping singles and albums by the likes of Rudimental, John Newman, Years and Years and Fono. Determined and ambitious, it wasn’t long before she began to fully immerse herself in her own music, leaving school at 17 and moving to London to pursue her solo career. Anna’s live show illustrates what a talented multi instrumentalist songwriter she is.
Listen here - https://soundcloud.com/annastrakerofficial
Brighton-based, Yonaka like to “hang their songs on a knife edge”. They are a fully-fledged Pop outfit with blissfully dark pristine hooks, chunky guitar parts and speaker-blowing noise. Their live shows are to die for and are going to leave you wanting more.
Listen here - https://soundcloud.com/weareyonaka
When it's all said and done our top 10 is merely a spec on the landscape of incredible bands playing this year. Ultimately all bands are worthy of your time and with a line up like this there is no doubt you're going to have yourselves a great day.
If the line up wasn't already impressive enough, the festival is a great supporter of local acts and have added a vast line up special to each respective city.
Manchester - Friday 26th May
Bristol - Saturday 27th May
Nottingham - Sunday 28th May