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Preview: Dot to Dot Festival 2017

 
By on Tuesday, 16th May 2017 at 11:00 am
 

As the months of the smaller festivals are now upon us, it’s time to look at which are worth going to. We’ve already given you the lowdown on The Great Escape, but there’s another one that is equally as worth your time. Dot to Dot Festival, which started back in 2005 in Nottingham, is now a 3-day touring wonder. There’s the main festival lineup, a plethora of bands playing over the 3 days in the three different cities – Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol – plus local acts making each day’s lineups unique.

Metropolitan festivals are still on the rise as people look to cheaper options for that “festival feeling”. The giants will always be giants, but the smaller festivals tend to be gems that appeal to those who can’t afford £200+ for a weekend away. Also on the rise are touring metropolitan festivals. Taking their lineups around the UK to strategic North, South and Midlands locations to give everyone a chance to catch their show, but the fact Dot to Dot makes sure to specifically highlight local acts, making them a first of their kind.

Heading up this year’s core festival lineup are Sundara Karma (pictured at top at SXSW 2017), who released one of the debuts of the year back in January, ‘Youth is Only Fun in Retrospect’. Powerful, contagious indie rock filled with spirit, the group led by Oscar Pollock are a necessity for not only the new generations but the old. They’re the quintessential festival band you need to see. Another band you can catch on all 3 days of Dot to Dot are Scottish indie duo Honeyblood. Having released their highly-anticipated sophomore album ‘Babes Never Die’ at the tail end of last year, they’ve been on tour since and they’re simply captivating live. So far, so good: Dot to Dot seems to be delivering well on its lineup.

It would simply be rude to not have a deeper look into these local acts. It’s a rare opportunity for a fairly large chunk of the respective music scenes to come together and show off their homegrown talent.

Manchester

There will always be a strong, vibrant music scene in Manchester. Its musical history is quite literally littered with iconic names and faces that are known throughout the world, but who’s stepping up to the plate and coming up the ladder? The name highest up the bill for the local bands is The Slow Readers Club, and it’s easy to see why. Everything about their sound is Mancunian, from the dazzling indie guitars to the marching beat that echoes back to Joy Division. You’ve also got PINS, the punk foursome who are kicking asses and taking names, especially with their latest release, ‘Bad Things EP’ that features none other than punk godfather Iggy Pop. None too shabby, eh?

Bristol

Another one of those spots around the UK where creativity shines. Filled with a surplus of differing genres and talent songwriters, Bristol has a pretty special lineup, and one of those names is Willie J Healy. Crafting indie pop songs that are filled with his quirky mind workings, Willie is one of the brightest new names coming through the ranks. Van Zeller is an even fresher band, but they’re slowly taking over the DIY live circuit down in Bristol. Raucous and riotous: two of the music’s most important aspects.

Nottingham

Perhaps not quite the same musical melting pot as the other two locations, though it certainly has had its moments, Nottingham has a few treats in store in its lineup that are definitely looking to change that mindset. Kagoule have been making a few waves in the British scenes for a little while now, their debut came out back in 2015, but it’s still as fresh as it was then. Though he’s not actually Nottingham based, Tom Lumley is a name that needs to be mentioned, plus he’s on the Notts poster. A songwriter from Cambridgeshire, his tracks are as new as they are old. Flavours from the rock spectrum dot his songs, bringing out a modernity that’s often missing from other artists, so his repertoire doesn’t feel.

So there you have it. A brief glimpse into the wonders that await the landscape of the UK with Dot to Dot festival. Go forth and roam the country with some bright newcomers and find some local talent. Tickets are still available for all 3 days of this festival, which stops in Manchester on Friday the 26th of May, Bristol on Saturday the 27th and Nottingham on Sunday the 28th. Before booking fees, Manchester tickets are £12, while Bristol and Nottingham’s are £20 each, a real bargain. Buy your tickets through here.

Editor Mary Chang contributed to this preview.

 
 
 

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