Dot To Dot is a wonderful, three city festival which prides itself upon the exposure of new artist. With an alumni ranging from The xx, Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons, Florence & The Machine and Jake Bugg, you can be sure that any credible upcoming band will be hitting its stages at some point. Taking place in Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham on 26, 27 and 28 May respectively, here are some of our picks for the weekend:
Tom Grennan has a raw, soulful voice like no other. With such mesmerising abilities, we are sure that he will be a huge highlight of this year’s Dot to Dot Festival. Songs such as “Praying” and “Giving It All” are rapidly becoming well known, firm crowd favourites. Taken from second EP ‘Release The Breaks,’ it is already clear that Grennan has been onto something massive in 2017.
Media recognition and fan popularity is becoming all the more regular for the Bedford born singer and he has the confidence to back it up. However, it is his music which does the talking. A repertoire of effortlessly unique songs such as “Something In The Water” make him destined for the top.
Manchester: Ruby Lounge, 21.15
Bristol: 02 Academy, 16.45
Nottingham: Rock City, 18.00
Cosmo Pyke is arguably one of the most multitalented artists at this years Dot to Dot Festival. His recent EP release ‘Just Cosmo’ proves this statement, an incredible array of sounds considering his relative youthfulness. With a reputation to die for, his sound is ever relevant for the heat wave in which Dot to Dot will exist within.
Artistry in songs such as “Chronic Sunshine” and “Wish You Were Gone” is apparent, his sound is like an intrinsic summery hybrid of Mac Demarco and The Beatles. The latter has already achieved over 1 million views on youtube no less. Pyke is definitely onto something, we can’t wait to check him out at Dot to Dot.
Manchester: Soup Kitchen, 19.45
Bristol: Thekla, 19.00
Nottingham: Rescue Rooms, 17.15
At times, RedFaces are ferocious. Their sound is both confident and energetic, you’d be sure that their Dot to Dot set will epitomise such adjectives. “Kerosene” is an obvious example of this, with sometimes obvious resemblances to bands such as The Strokes and early Arctic Monkeys though with an entirely unique twist.
With limited releases available, it is becoming clear that 2017 represents a year of production for the Sheffield based band. Mixing synths and guitar alike, new single “Wise Up” continues to recognise a new-wave form of indie rock which is soon to dominate music scenes and industry alike. It is clear RedFaces are a unique and promising talent.
Manchester: Castle Hotel, 21.00
Bristol: The Fleece, 18.15
Nottingham: Red Room, 15.45
Cherry Glazerr’s second album ‘Apocalipstick’ is entirely representative of their psych LA rock sound. Released in January, it has claimed much recognition from fans and press alike. Formed in 2013 by Clementine Creevy, their growth in the UK is entirely apparent.
Stand out tracks include “Told You I’d Be with the Guys” and latest single “Nuclear Bomb.” Their warped, effect heavy sound creates much atmosphere on album and in the live arena. They are fun and at times colourful, as hinted in “Had Ten Dollaz.”
Manchester: Old Granada Studios, 18.15
Bristol: SWX, 17.45
Nottingham: Trent Uni, 18.15
The Big Moon
Formed in 2014, the London four piece have gone from strength to strength recently. The alt band released debut album ‘Love In The 4th Dimension just last month and now embark on a summer festival tour in the form of their lives.
Stand out tracks include “Cupid” and “Formidable,” both signs of their melodic, interesting musical abilities. With unique lyrics and voice, mixed with guitar and effects alike, it is clear that they will be a stand out highlight of this year’s festival.
Manchester: Old Granada Studios, 19.15
Bristol: SWX, 18.45
Nottingham: Trent Uni, 19.15
The Growlers are culturally important and arguably one of the most experienced bands at the entire festival. Formed in 2006, they boast over ten year’s of musical growth and albums alike. 2016 saw the release of sixth studio album ‘City Club’ via Cult Records.
Produced by Julian Casablancas, the influence of the iconic Strokes front man is thoroughly apparent. Songs such as “I’ll Be Around” and “Night Ride” are not only intriguing, but they boast a funky aura of confidence which is suited best to summer nights. With a tonne of classics thrown into the mix, The Growlers are certainly one not to be missed this Dot to Dot!
Manchester: Old Granada Studios, 21.45
Bristol: SWX, 21.15
Nottingham: Trent Uni, 21.45
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