We’ve been awarded ‘Best Metropolitan Festival’ at this year’s Festival Awards. A massive thank you to everyone who voted for us!
Dot To Dot has successfully made it into the final shortlists for ‘Best Metropolitan Festival’ in this year’s UK Festival Awards.
Of the hundreds of festivals nominated this year, only ten made it into the shortlists in each of the public-voted categories, making this is an achievement we are hugely proud of and a great testament to Dot to Dot.
A big thanks to everyone who voted!!
The winners will be announced at the ceremony which takes place at The Roundhouse on Monday 2nd December. www.festivalinsights.com
A huge, huge thank you to everyone that went to this year’s Dot to Dot Festival. It was awesome to see so many great bands, hard-working staff and absolutely amazing crowds! Roll on #d2dfest 2014…. Team Dot to Dot x
Here’s the latest running orders…
Manchester - Friday 24th May
Bristol - Saturday 25th May
Nottingham - Sunday 26th May
Don’t forget to tweet, message and tag us and all of your favourite acts on the day #D2DFEST
Tickets available from: www.alt-tickets.co.uk
Alice Jemina // Bear’s Den // Catfish & Bottleman // Ellie Rose // Feathers // Hector // Kagoule // Kappa Gamma // In The Valley Below // Likely Lads // Misty Miller // Pylo // Rivals // Saint Raymond // Six 60 // Thumpers // We Three And The Death Rattle
As well as the additional bands and increased venues, further music-related events will be hosted across Nottingham city centre:
- Kicking off at 3pm till 10pm in the Rescue Rooms courtyard, Dot to Dot sponsors Fred Perry will be treating festival-goers to a chronological DJ selection celebrating British subcultures. Ranging from Rock n’ Roll, Northern Soul, Punk and Ska to Indie, Britpop, Acid and Electroclash, the DJ, musician and film maker Don Letts will be headlining at 5pm showcasing a record collection second to none.
- Situated in the heart of the Creative Quarter, Broadway will be hosting four free screenings of Reincarnated in their stylish lounge. Reincarnated sees Vice Magazine follow hip hop legend Snoop Dogg in an intimate documentary as he undergoes a spiritual odyssey/career reinvention in Jamaica, emerging as the rechristened “Snoop Lion”. Limited free tickets are available in advance and on a first come first served basis on the day. They will also be hosting a terrace party with DJs, a barbeque and local face painting company ‘Airbrushed Angels’.
- The Music Exchange will be organising a mixtape swap. Get together all of your favourite Dot to Dot bands and swap your favourites. Whether it’s The xx or Gallows or Mumford & Sons; you decide! They’ll also be running a mini record fair with Gringo Records, Feast of Tentacles, JT Soar, Viral Age and more all getting involved.
- Over at The Corner, The Denizen / Leftlion / I’m Not From London collaboration will be showcasing some of the best acts from Denizen Records and beyond.
Plus, the first Sounddhism and Farmyard collaboration since 2010 is going to be happening at Jam Café. Expect an eclectic line-up featuring Defkon1, We Are Avengers, Shelter Point and more!
- Local promoters Ascent, who have been pushing new regional, national and international acts at their free showcase events, will be hosting a stage of new talent in the Stag & Hounds, Old Market.
- Bristol’s alternative music-centric forum Audiophiles will be programming The Louisiana Bar stage. Expect some great breaking acts and local stalwarts from the current taste-makers of the local scene.
- The Lanes is a bowling, beats and booze emporium which is being hosted by Department S for Dot To Dot. Expect some great indie rock ‘n’ roll from a selection of acts, plus bowling, pizzas and even karaoke if you want to give your pipes a workout.
Kicking off the second announcement is Tom Odell. 2013 is already looking to be a fantastic year for the British singer-songwriter who was awarded the prestigious Critics’ Choice at the Brits Awards and will be releasing his debut album “Long Way Down” worldwide in June. Also added to the line-up, the Californian heartbreakers Deap Vally will be making a welcome return to the UK, showcasing their rock-hard grit and all-girl soul.
Having wowed crowds in their recent UK tour, Swim Deep will be bringing their 90s-drenched indie guitar sounds to both Nottingham and Bristol. Also performing at #d2dfest will be the gruff troubadour Beans On Toast. Expect a raspy, enthralling voice telling comic tales and wry social commentary over little guitar ditties. London Grammar recently released their stunning ‘Metal & Dust’ EP with a swirling soundscape of ultrasound drumbeats, powerful vocals and fragile guitars blended together.
THE FULL LINEUP SO FAR:
Dry The River // Tom Odell // Benjamin Francis Leftwich // Lucy Rose // The 1975* // Beans on Toast // Bo Ningen // Chapel Club // Deap Vally // Little Green Cars // London Grammar // MØ // Ruen Brothers // Swim Deep** // Wave Machines // A Plastic Rose // Ady Suleiman // Best Friends // Billy Lockett // Blackeye // Black Books // Blue Hawaii // Candy Says // Chlöe Howl // Dan Croll // Findlay // Golden Fable // Heart-Ships // Houndmouth // Matthew & Me // Mausi // Middle Class Rut // Night Engine // Only Real // PINS // Random Impulse // Satellite Stories // SKATERS // Snakadaktal // Story Books // Syron // Teleman // The Bots // The Family Rain **// Wildflowers // Wolf Alice
First up for line-up announcements is Dry The River. With their critically acclaimed record ‘Shallow Bed’ the Stratford-based five-piece produced one of 2012’s greatest bodies of work and played countless sold-out gigs throughout the UK. They are set to work on their new record and will surely be one of the highlights of this year’s festival. One of the events finest acts in 2011 makes a welcome return in the shape of Benjamin Francis Leftwich. The singer-songwriter delivered one of the most intense performances in Dot to Dot history. Darling of the NME and Radio 1 Lucy Rose also joins the bill. The indie-folk starlet has wowed crowds all over with her finely crafted, emotive songs that reveal a unique talent for storytelling.
With a sold-out UK tour under their belt recently a band on everyone’s lips are The 1975. Radio 1 A-listers are riding a wave of success spear-headed by the massive single ‘Chocolate’. They are joined by the return of pop noir five-piece Chapel Club. Little Green Cars are one of the most exciting acts from the BBC Sound of 2013 poll and their live performances have drawn heavy-praise from The Guardian, NME and more. Critically acclaimed electronic, pop-funk act Wave Machines have created one of the albums of the year in debut ‘Pollen’ and are an exciting addition to the festival. London-based acid punk band Bo Ningen will also be bringing their incredible live show to the proceedings. Danish sensation MØ is certainly not to be missed. Her layered, gloomy output has had music journalists falling over themselves to sing her praises. Another hyped band on the first wave of acts is Wolf Alice, whose shoegaze inspired songs have received avid support from Huw Stephens amongst others.
Some of the other rising-stars on the bill are New York City’s best new indie band SKATERS, Irish folk-popster Gavin James, hotly-tipped post-punk act Night Engine, Finnish upstarts Satellite Stories, Marc Riley-championed indie band Teleman, brooding Bella Union-signed four-piece PINS, Californian punks The Bots alternative-indie band Story Books and folk duo Golden Fable.