Words by Tom Frodsham

On Friday 26th May the Dot To Dot Festival returns to Manchester once again taking over the city in all of your favourite gig venues. The festival is literally an excuse to dot from one venue to another (dot to dot, get it?) showcasing a new wave of artists, some just starting out to make a name for themselves and others a bit more established. It’s an excellent way to catch fresh out of the packaging acts. The likes of The 1975, Ezra Furman, Rae Morris and MO have all started their touring careers with Dot To Dot, so no doubt you’ll catch a future headliner amongst the line-up. To avoid all the confusion of who to see and who not to see, here at Bag Thing we’ve been so kind to give you a heads up. Check out our Top Ten acts to look out for at the festival, each offering something a little different to the last…

Ten Tonnes

// Indie rock vibes come from singer songwriter Ethan Barnett that are heavily reminiscent of mid 90’s Brit Pop.

Sounds like: Suede in their ‘Coming up’ heyday
Key track: ‘Silver Heat’

Swimming Tapes

// London five piece making perfect pop songs that will be your soundtrack to the summer.

Sounds like: The British take on Haim
Key track: ‘Cameos’

Anna Straker

// Singer, songwriter and producer, Anna specializes in electrifying synth pop. Her impressive vocals have been used to back artists such as Years & Years and Rudimental.

Sounds like: MO’s British cousin
Key track: ‘Serious’

Willie J Healey

// Healey makes quintessential indie pop that now and again dips into nostalgia for 1960’s Americana.

Sounds like: Blur in their ‘13’ era
Key track: ‘Best Friend’s Sister’

Sondre Lerche

// Norwegian singer Lerche’s music has evolved over his eight studio albums. His recent album ‘Pleasure’ is an endless dose of addictive dance beats.

Sounds like: Pet Shop Boys in their late 80’s peak.
Key track: ‘Soft Feelings’


// A male/female duo whose atmospheric tracks are full of hauntingly beautiful lyrics.

Sounds like: Lana Del Rey if she was heavily inspired by The Smiths
Key track: ‘The Valley’


// Feisty Scottish duo formed in Glasgow. Indie garage rock vibes, they’ve also supported acts like Foo Fighters, Palma Violets and Courtney Bartnett.

Sounds like: Courtney Love on a mellow day
Key track: ‘Babes Never Die’


// Electronic dance group who create heavily layered tracks that make you hit the repeat button.

Sounds like: A commercialized James Blake
Key track: ‘Outside’


// Alternative indie songstress with haunting vocals. Pixx’s debut album ‘Age of Anxiety’ is released in June.

Sounds like: If Tove Lo collaborated with post-‘Rumours’ Fleetwood Mac.
Key track: ‘I Bow Down’

Gothic Tropic

// La based Cecilia Della Peruti is a one woman band who’s latest material sounds like quintessential late 70’s/early 80’s West Coast rock.

Sounds like: The Go-Go’s successor
Key track: ‘Stronger’


Tickets for Dot To Dot Festival are just £12, now on sale here. For more information on the line-up, visit Dot To Dot’s official website.

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