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The first wave of acts have been unveiled for Dot To Dot Festival 2019; CRYSTAL FIGHTERS, JORDAN RAKEI, SWIM DEEP, THE NIGHT CAFÉ, DREAM WIFE, THE ORIELLES, LAUREN AQUILINA, VIAGRA BOYS, MINI MANSIONS plus loads more will head to Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham on 24-26th May 2019 for its 15th year. The award-winning day long festival will once again feature a line-up full of both established performers and the best emerging artists from the UK and around the world.

CRYSTAL FIGHTERS will headline Dot To Dot 2019, a band who have been an integral part of the alternative dance scene since the release of their debut album ‘Star of Love’ in 2010. Widely adored for their catchy songwriting and penchant for glitter, the English/Spanish trio built upon the momentum created by their debut with the release of 2013’s ‘Cave Rave’ and 2016’s ‘Everything Is My Family’. These follow-ups saw the band evolve their party-fixated electro punchiness, to an evocative, euphoria-inducing summery sound. The group’s endless energy and arsenal of feel-good anthems have made them a magnificent live proposition, helping them to forge a reputation for creating a celebratory party atmosphere wherever they play.

JORDAN RAKEI will be bringing his jazz and hip-hop driven sound to Dot To Dot 2019. The New Zealand born multi-instrumentalist moved halfway across the world to London to pursue a full-time career in music. He has since self-released his debut album, ‘Cloak’, in 2016 followed by critically acclaimed album ‘Wallflower’, released via Ninja Tune in 2017. Jordan has also collaborated with some notable tastemakers including Tom Misch, Disclosure, and more recently, merging the worlds of hiphop and electronica with beautiful ease on ‘Ottelenghi’ with Loyle Carner.

After previously wowing audiences at Dot To Dot in 2015, SWIM DEEP are welcomed back to the lineup this year. An integral part of Birmingham’s B-Town generation alongside Peace and Jaws, the band currently have two album releases to their name; 2013’s ‘Where the Heaven Are We’ and 2015’s ‘Mothers’. With these albums, came a collection of inimitable singles such as ‘Honey’, ‘King City’ and ‘One Great Song and I Could Change the World’. With a sound that encompasses elements of melodic indie, shoegaze and pop, Swim Deep are guaranteed to produce many singalong moments during their Dot To Dot performance.

Liverpool four-piece THE NIGHT CAFÉ’s pop-tinged summer anthems are guaranteed to get the crowd dancing, with their tunes recently daubed as being “bathed in sunshine… poppier than a fizzedup Fanta” by DIY. After being recently named in ‘The NME 100: Essential New Acts For 2019’ and notching up support slots with everyone from The Wombats to Sundara Karma to Circa Waves, there is no doubting that the group will be making a rapturous live show at Dot To Dot that is simply unmissable.

One of the breakout bands of 2018, DREAM WIFE spent the year conquering stages and festivals across the globe with their empowering brand of riff-infused rock. The group formed in 2015 for an art school project whilst studying at Brighton University, and chose their name as commentary on society’s objectification on women. Dream Wife’s self-titled debut, released in 2018 via Lucky Number, saw NME declaring, “Not since Yeah Yeah Yeahs burst out of Manhattan in the early 2000s in a blaze of fishnets and glitter has punk rock been as downright fun”.

Having released their debut album ‘Silver Dollar Moment’ last year, THE ORIELLES have blown away audiences with their refreshing brand of post-disco punkiness, which led to their album featuring on numerous album of the year polls including Q Magazine, BBC 6 Music and Gigwise. Meanwhile, LAUREN AQUILINA is set to enchant audiences with her captivating piano-driven sounds, which have clocked up a staggering 30 million streams on Spotify. She will also arrive at Dot To Dot armed with new material, including her recent release ‘If Looks Could Kill’, showcasing her exciting, new pop direction.

Dot To Dot will also continue its proud tradition of giving up & coming artists a platform to shine across the greatest venues of Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham. Emerging at a rate of knots are Swedish rockers VIAGRA BOYS whose 2018 alternative anthem ‘Sports’ reminds us why heavy guitar music is alive & kicking, they are expected to be one of the most talked about acts of the weekend.


Dot To Dot Organiser Anton Lockwood, of DHP Family, said: “We are very proud that Dot To Dot is recognised as a unique and essential event for discovering new music. It might be our 15th year but our passion for emerging talent continues undiminished. For this edition of Dot To Dot we are very happy to welcome relentlessly creative headliners in Crystal Fighters and respected tastemaker Jordan Rakei, backed up with a huge array of the best emerging talent, with even more to be announced.

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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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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…


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.


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.


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.


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:


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

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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,








“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.