Tri-city urban festival Dot To Dot arrives into Manchester on Friday 24th May, for their 15th year, before heading to Bristol and Nottingham for the rest of the weekend. Each year, the festival puts on numerous well-known, diverse acts over a spread of venues around Manchester. It’s difficult to choose which acts to go and watch from all of the fantastic acts in the line-up, however, we have picked out eight that we think you won’t want to miss out on. Set times for all shows are now available here.

// Crystal Fighters @ Albert Hall, 9:45PM

With their new 2019 album release, ‘Gaia and Friends’, the English-Spanish electronic band are ready to come to town and share good vibes.

// Jordan Rakei @ The Ritz, 9PM

The rare talent Jordan Rakei, is unique with his jazz, soul and hip-hop sound. He is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and producer at the age of 26 years-old. The Australian-New Zealand musician will be seeing the other side of the world to share his music with UK fans on the lead up to his upcoming album release, Origin, which is ready for release next month on the 14th June.

// The Orielles @ Albert Hall, 4:45PM

Before heading to play at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, the English, indie pop-rock band who originate from Halifax, are heading down to perform at Dot To Dot after hitting it off with their 2018 debut album, Silver Dollar Moment.

// Viagra Boys @ Gorilla, 8:45PM

The post-punk band from Sweden, that formed in 2015, released their album Street Worms, last year. The band that uses satire humour in their lyrics are coming arriving into the city to share their punk sound.

// Lauren Aquilina @ The Ritz, 5:15PM

The Bristol-based indie-pop singer-songwriter, who last year received 100,000 streams on her single, ‘Psycho’, in the first weekend on Spotify, is arriving into town ready to bring her girl power to stage.

// Swim Deep @ Albert Hall, 8:15PM

Formed in 2011, the rock band who originate from Birmingham, last year confirmed that they are working on their 3rd album, since their latest album release, Mothers, in 2015.

// King No-One @ The Ritz, 6:15PM

This alternative-pop rock outfit are yet to be a signed, but sell out venues such as Manchester Academy 2, which says it all. With obvious talent, the band are returning to Manchester to a clear fan base that already has proved their love for the rock act. The band turned Manchester into a dystopian future city in their latest music video, ‘Under the Sound’.

// Dream Wife @ Albert Hall, 5:45PM

It all started in London with their mixed sound of punk rock, pop and indie rock. With their latest 2018 eponymous album release, the southern band will be heading to the North to have a blast with the D2D revellers.

// Ryan Jarvis @ Jimmy’s, 10:30PM

Together with his band, Ryan Jarvis has garnered the attention of many radio stations, one of which being Huw Stephens at BBC Radio 1, in his short career.

// Darcie @ AATMA, 9:15PM

Listed as one of the essential artists for 2018 by the NME, local soul-pop duo Darcie have a knack for creating uplifting, melodic pop.

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Dot To Dot festival starts on Friday 24th May in Manchester. You can grab tickets here. Words by Beckie Bold.

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