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NEW/ The Big Moon, The Slow Readers Club,Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation and many more have joined the likes of Sundara Karma, Amber Run andThe GROWLERS for this year’s Dot To Dot Festival!

 

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Dot to Dot Festival is a triple-city, new music festival which takes place in Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham over the late May bank holiday weekend of the 27th, 28th and 29th. Well-known for championing bands as they are about to break, Dot to Dot have showcased the likes of Ed Sheeran, The 1975, Mumford & Sons, Jake Bugg and The XX since establishing in Nottingham, way back in 2005.

This year’s lineup is no exception. Eclectic as ever, the likes of Mystery Jets, Augustines, The Temper Trap, Sundara Karma and Lauren Aquilina are set to feature over the three dates. We love this year’s line-up so much that we’ve put together a list of 10 artists you should probably check out if you’re thinking of heading to any of the cities, including some you’ve probably not heard of before.

The Bristol leg of the festival is strewn around the city from the Exchange to the O2 Academy to The Louisiana and Thekla, among many other cafés, clubs and pubs. As we’ve experience how overwhelming it can get trying to catch so many acts in so little time, we’ve prepared a compact list to guide you through the mayhem!

Fenne Lily

Expect nothing less than poetry and a voice to bring you to tears from this Bristolian rising star. Despite having only one song, “Top to Toe”, available on Soundcloud, the three and a half minutes of beautiful lyrics and soft melody are enough to hook us in.

Rat Boy

Rat Boy aka Jordan Cardy has been royally tearing it up wherever he goes. Labelled as the new Jamie T, Cardy and his band create a real vibe and a ruck in their live shows and have built up a loyal following thanks to prime time radio play of singles ‘Move’ and ‘Sign On’.

Liberto Wolf

This four piece Bristol-based band has enough heart-wrenching lyrics and passionate guitar riffs to make your heart vibrate. Their single, “Everyone Wants to Hurt You”, delivers the perfect alt/post rock vibe on a bed of dark words and smooth licks that sound even better live.

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Sundara Karma

The young band from Reading, Sundara Karma, will also take to the stage at this year’s festival.  The indie four-piece are quickly becoming known on the band scene after supporting a variety of popular bands, appearing at a number of festivals and having their own headline tour last year.

Also releasing two EP’s filled with beautifully crafted indie anthems, ‘EP I’ and ‘EP II,’ frontman Oscar Lulu commented: “We’re hoping 2016 is going to be our year, we’re going to f*****g go for it… and maybe not party so hard.”

With their music filled with shimmering guitars and hooks, the bands singles can immediately grasp an audience’s attention from the onset. The distinct vocals from the front man, Lulu, are instantly recognisable and all four members of the band equally display their talent across their memorable singles.

Night Beats

It’s that mix of psychedelic tones and R&B which make Night Beats so unique. It’s blues, contorted and distorted in to new shapes for 21st century wastoids. And we love it.

New Palace Talkies

If you miss New Palace Talkies, you are making a very big mistake. Another notable member of Bristol’s promoter Chivern’s fleet of boundless talent, New Palace Talkies have been making a name for themselves since their formation in 2014, and we expect nothing but big things from them this summer.

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No Violet

Slow, slurred vocals and deep psych guitar licks, No Violet’s front woman’s unique croon combined with the bass-infused 60s-esque instrumental are a force to be recognised. If the taster we got from single “Your Head/ My Head” is anything like their live performance, then we’re in for a real treat.

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Spring King

Similarly, Spring King are a band that have also been all over prime time radio with slacker singles ‘Rectifier’, ‘City’ and ‘Who Are You’ – all of which definitely pack a punch. They’ve just signed to Island Records and big things are expected of them, so catch them before they blow up in size.

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Van Zeller

It’s going to be loud, sweaty, and bursting with energy. Van Zeller compactly represent their musical superiority in their two minute long single “She’s Moving Right”, delivering a big bite of garage inspired rock.

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Eyre Llew

Nottingham newcomer trio, Eyre Llew bring their ambient alt-rock to all three legs of this year’s Dot to Dot Festival. You won’t want to miss them. Trust us on this one…

Delamere

Having recently proved their worth at The Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham, Manchester’s Delamere will hit up all three cities of Dot to Dot in collaboration with Scruff of the Neck records. Listen out for their pop-hook-filled single ‘Bright Young Things’ – which is definitely what they are.

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The Karma Repair Kit

If this Bristolian four piece’s awesome name doesn’t draw your attention, their loud, post-punk garage sound surely will. They’ve been building up quite the reputation in Bristol, with performances at The Louisiana, The Exchange and The Stag and Hound slowly inflating their well-deserved fan base.

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Little Bribes

Having already played a load of gigs in their native city of Nottingham, alt quartet Little Bribes will play the Nottingham leg of this year’s Dot to Dot on Sunday May 29th.  Look out for Little Bribes’ infectious hybrid of emo and alt-punk later this month.

Diet Cig

NYC duo Diet Cig head over to the UK this month for a tour of the country which includes all three dates of Dot to Dot. Think personable pop-punk ditties full of occasional self-deprecating delicate lyrics, perfect for a singalong we’d say.

Pale Waves

The refreshing four-piece made up of Heather, Ciara, Ryan and Hugo perfectly describe their genre as ‘reverb and glitter’. Their dreamy-indie pop vibe that the band radiate when performing live is certainly engaging, and the set up of two men and two women really makes the band stand out in a positive fashion.

The band has two singles currently available to listen to on Soundcloud, featuring their distinctive tracks, ‘The Tide’ and the track ‘Heavenly’.

The remarkable sound of the young band can be described similar to that of the Birmingham born bands such as Swim Deep, Peace and Jaws, featuring shiny riffs teamed with skating and beach-vibes.

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Previous winner of The ‘Best Metropolitan Festival’ (Festival Awards), Dot To Dot returns for 2016 to take over Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham for its eleventh year!

Venues and acts for #D2DFest 2016 are still very much under wraps, but you can be the first to hear about Dot to Dot Festival 2016 line-up announcements by registering here: http://tinyurl.com/DotToDot2016

 


Dot to Dot HQ putting together another stellar line-up of eclectic, innovative, ground-breaking acts for May 2016, and to celebrate our eleventh year we’re giving you the chance to book early bird tickets for Dot to Dot Festival 2016 right now for just £11! £11 for 11 years, clever right?!

 

You can purchase your £11 early bird tickets for Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham by clicking here http://bit.ly/1Fi8sCO

Be the first to hear about Dot to Dot Festival 2016 line-up announcements by registering here: http://tinyurl.com/DotToDot2016

 

Ridiculously rad Manchester, UK, quartet PINS are back with a new, second album, “Wild Nights”, out next month and we’re stoked to premiere the video for current single “Young Girls.” Sonically it’s indie-pop edged out with a feeling of questioning melancholy, and just a smidgen of menace, and from the second they hit the screen you wanna be part of their gang. We can barely keep up with these Manchester girls, who continue to make the city that birthed them turn into that proud, motherly type. Following a recent tour in the States with Sleater Kinney, the four-piece post-punk outfit is moving fast and strong through the international music circuit, and we couldn’t be prouder.

It’s not just that they look good—Saint Laurent’s Hedi Slimane is a firm fan—but even when they’re lazing listlessly on a bed, or staring impassively down the barrel of the lens, or, you know, casually wiping blood off a baseball bat, they’ve got a fall-in-line-and-don’t-fuck-with-us attitude that’s magnetic.

“Filmed in Manchester and at favourite look out point ‘The Edge’ in Alderly Edge,” explain PINS. “The video is the tale of four girls, thick as thieves. They are dreamers, they are bold and they are bonded by a secret. All for one and one for all.”
Meanwhile, director Amy Watson, had a very specific vision for this short: “I wanted to play around with the usual ‘girls just wanna have fun’ type of music video. You know, friendship, solidarity, road trips and all the usual tropes of girly bonding. I wanted to take that wholesomeness and push it to a weird place.”

Like we said, don’t mess with these young girls.

The Fat White Family played perhaps one of  the most memorable sets at Green Man Festival this year, here they do a song for the Green Man Sessions TV. These guys don’t really need much of a hard sell, thanks to an imitable fan base that continues to push the name out far and wide – but for the uninitiated, from Fat White Family you can expect invasive, engrossing rock ‘n’ roll and, at times, an unashamed tad of controversy in their live performance. Go and watch them, if you’ve got the balls. they will be at the Nottingham Trent during Dot To Dot,

 

 

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“Its a Monday its a mundane” and “shes clever because she stops people dying”, there are some awesome lines in this songs from Australian singer songwriter Courtney Barnett this track is taken from the double EP “A sea of Split Peas” , just listen to the lyrics Awesome song. I’m not that Good at Breathing In either Courtney.

Courtney Barnett will be playing the Musician in Leicester and also at the Dot to Dot festival in Nottingham.

Horse Thief are on the wonderful Bella Union label a band from Denton now based in Oklahoma heading into the uk for some shows very soon after last year support slots with Midlake.

Weird little video for Australian Singer Songwriter Courtney Barnett new single taken from the wonderful collection of songs on the Ep “A Sea of Split Peas” she will be in the UK touring playing Dot to Dot Festival Nottingham and the Musician Bar in Leicester.