Now in its twelfth year, the tri-city urban festival Dot To Dot has quickly put its own unique stamp on the festival circuit since a first outing in 2005. The festival hosts an array of diverse talent in eclectic venues across three cities, with a history of hosting impressive names before international popularity. With a history of sets from Florence And The Machine, Pulled Apart By Horses, Ed Sheeran, Jake Bugg, Courtney Barnett and Metronomy, it’s not a festival to miss out on.
A first wave of line-ups has now been announced for this year’s events, kicking off in Manchester on Friday 26th May, before moving on to venues in Bristol and Nottingham.
Winner of Best Festival (under 15000 capacity) at the Live UK Awards 2016, last year’s festival documented a record attendance with sellout shows in Manchester. The 2017 line-up looks to only improve on this. Headlining this year are Reading quartet Sundara Karma, supporting their latest release Youth Is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect, another step on a rapid rise for the indie rockers. This will be the band’s third appearance in Manchester this year, following an intimate offering at HMV and a sellout show at the Albert Hall.
Headlining alongside them are Nottingham’s breakthrough indie pop pack Amber Run following their latest LP, released this month. The ambitious and well crafted For A Moment I Was Lost is already proving to be something of a breakthrough record for the quartet.
American garage rock band The Growlers have also been announced, themselves more than familiar with the festival circuit having held their own annual Beach Goth festival in Orange County since 2012. For a band who possess an impressive record of widespread acclaim, they have still managed to maintain a strong cult status.
Dot To Dot has always placed an emphasis on showcasing the best new talent in the industry, giving budding new talent a platform to demonstrate their abilities. This year, fans can expect breakthrough acts in the shape of Kirkby singer-songwriter Louis Berry, Scottish duo Honeyblood, New Jersey rockers Pinegrove, American rock trio Cherry Glazerr, Chase & Status guest vocalist Tom Grennan and Irish pop rock pair Picture This.
You can also look forward to sets from fresh talent including: Alaskalaska, All We Are, Ardyn, Banfi, Cosmo Pyke, Croox, Cuckoolander, Easy Life, Freak, Heaters, Horse Thief, Kolars, Liv Dawson, Low Island, Nilufer Yanya, Overcoats, Parcels, Parekh & Singh, Redfaces, Sonny, Swimming Tapes, Ten Tonnes, Tender, The Night Café, Vagabon, Willie J Healey, Yellow Days and Yonaka.