So we’ve just about finally recovered from the awesomely insane weekend that was Dot To Dot! Thank you to everyone who came along, and to all of the artists that played – it really was the best one yet, and we have you all to thank.
We have definite highlights, whether they be Frank Carter of Pure Love’s anti-stage antics, or Jake Bugg and Dog is Dead playing to a packed Rock City for very special homecoming gigs. Wavves were wonderfully loud and along with Pulled Apart By Horses in Manchester’s Sound Control, they provided a night that no one in attendance will forget anytime soon.
But it wasn’t just the higher billed artists that wowed and made Dot To Dot the highlight of the Jubilee weekend, there were newer artists performing who put in stunning performances and we highly recommend you check out ASAP if you didn’t catch them. A Night Underwater played their first ever (!!!) gig in Nottingham’s Rock City Basement and went down a storm, The Night conjured impressive Fleetwood Mac comparisons across all dates and Shinies and Last Dinosaurs garnered a lot of chat around their performances.
However, the beauty of Dot To Dot is that everyone has different routes, different experiences and makes different discoveries, so although we saw as much as we possibly could (and loved every minute), here are a selection of our favourite reviews of the weekend spanning the diverse line-up on offer.
“Dot to Dot, we love you.” Clash
“If some of these bands aren’t huge in a couple of years then there is something seriously wrong with the public! For a great atmosphere and excellent music there was no better place to be than in Manchester this jubilee weekend, sorry Queen.” Music News
“Brimming each year with buzz artists, established acts, and unheard new talent, it’s a brilliant spectacle for any music fan. Long live Dot to Dot.” Rhythm Circus
“A superb day of exploring new music – highly recommended. Bring on D2D 2013!!!” Festivals For All
“an absolute must in the gig calendar” Skiddle
“As ever Dot to Dot always manages to put together a wonderful line-up, full of current favourites and new discoveries to be found, and all for a very cheap price.” 7bit Arcade
Check out some more photos below, and we hope to see you for another weekend of our favourite new and old bands again next year!
All images by Victor Frankowski