Preview: Dot to Dot Festival



Our festival coverage continues at Dot to Dot Festival next week. Voted as ‘Best Metropolitan Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards last year, the three day stretches across Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham.

We head to the first leg in Manchester where we’re hoping to catch a glimpse of bands who’ll be the highlights of the next few years of British music. Last year Hinds, Nothing But Thieves and Rae Morris all kicked off big years with appearance’s at the festival last year and since 2005 the likes of Foals, Mumford and Sons and The 1975 have stopped by at Dot to Dot venues up and down the country. No pressure for this year’s crop of talent then.

We’ve put together our best of three bands you absolutely have to see if you find yourself at Dot To Dot Festival this year.

Spring King

Coming back to pay their home town a visit isn’t uncommon for Spring King. Despite growing success over the past 24 months they remain one of the most humble bands around with one of the biggest sounds in UK indie music for some time. It doesn’t matter how many times you see them, you’ll never quite get your head around how ‘frontman’ Tarek Musa can sing and drum relentlessly for the best part of an hour. With more hits than you can count on one hand and an album just around the corner, this could be your last chance to see Spring King in a modest venue.


There’s every chance that LISS are the act you’ll be kicking yourself for missing in one year’s time. These four Danes are remoulding the concept of a boyband with their dreamy electro-pop, with the unique position of being able to appeal to fans of everything in-between Years & Years and JAWS. Go see them at the cosy Soup Kitchen for Timberlake levels of RnB smoothness.


Finding Nimmo at Dot to Dot shouldn’t be too hard, just head for the deep club bass lines and the euphoric Faithless-esque come ups. This London outfit have a sound big enough to fill arenas but their lyrics reveal a fragile core that’s more suited to the closure of intimate venues. Regardless of where they play, front-women Sarah Nimmo and Reva Gauntlett will make sure that no one leaves without having dance. Dot to Dot could be blessed with the next big thing here.

The three acts above are just the cream of the crop when it comes to Dot to Dot. The line-up also boasts some of our most hyped about acts of the year. Will Joseph Cook and Formation take to the stage after Nimmo at Mint Lounge for what is sure to be the party hub of the festival. Elsewhere, brooding indie outfit Blaenavon will be at The Ruby Lounge before SWMRS ramp it up with their thrash punk, one for fans of Drenge.

If you’re looking to see the bigger acts, Mystery Jets return after their latest album ‘Curve Of The Earth’ but if other festival performances are anything to go by, the crowd can expect more than a few noughties classics from the London band. The Temper Trap also make a long awaited return to the stage with fans eagerly waiting to hear new material from forthcoming album ‘Thick As Thieves’.

Other names to catch include Rat Boy, Sundara Karma, Pixx, Diet Cig, Ardyn and HAUS. You can catch all of  these acts and more at the following venues in Manchester:

57 Thomas Street, AATMA (formerly Kraak), Central Methodist Hall, Cord, COW, Dive NQ, Gullivers, Gullivers (Acoustic), Kosmonaut, Manchester Cathedral, Mint Lounge, Night and Day, Soup Kitchen, Texture, The Castle Hotel, The Ruby Lounge, The Whiskey Jar.

More info about the festival, including the Nottingham and Bristol dates can be found here.


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Josh Shreeve

Director of VLM and radio man at Forge Radio. Studies journalism at the University of Sheffield.

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