For the twelfth year running, Dot to Dot festival is once again back this May bank holiday weekend in Manchester, Nottingham and Bristol. Like every other year, the festival boasts an incredible line up across various venues in each city. The acts range from local talent giving them an excellent platform for exposure to heavy weights such as Sundara Karma who are well known in the indie music scene. The problem with such a strong line up is evidently choosing who to watch over another.
Though the set timings for this years event are quite decent, venues in cities such as Bristol are a little further apart from each other. This means that you should prepare well in advance for the day and may mean that you will have to hop around between venues to ensure you catch all the acts you desire to watch regardless of whether you catch a snippet or their full set. Here at On Record, we recognise that there are just plenty of incredible acts playing across the three sites. Even our very own George Gadd will be be playing The Bodega in Nottingham, so be sure to catch him if you are at that date! But here are our top four acts that we are looking forward to seeing.
Firstly, we are incredibly stoked to catch Scottish musical duo Honeyblood who formed in 2012 and are well established by their distinct lo-fi sound. Since their formation, the duo have come miles and have even opened for artists such as the Foo Fighters. If you are into tunes that have a relaxed, laid back a dreamy aura to them then you will not be disappointed by them them at all.
Up next on our list of acts to watch are Brighton based ‘dark-pop’ band Yonaka whose most recent release ‘Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya’ is angsty, catchy and punch at the same time. It’s completely infectious. By the time they festival kicks in they would have completed a massive tour of the UK with GURR that would have covered almost every city that you could imagine a band touring in the UK.
Thirdly, we are really excited to catch The Big Moon. The band who are signed to Fiction records released their debut album ‘Love in The Fourth Dimension’ which contains a plethora of catchy numbers on it. The band have already been doing incredibly well for themselves having opened for the likes of The Maccabees and Ezra Furman.
Fourthly, we cannot contain our excitement to see Reading based rockers Sundara Karma who are very much accustomed to playing festivals having played Reading Festival last year and SXSW earlier in the year. The band are also amongst the many who have put out their debut album this year incorporating a good selection of their most loved songs from their EPs and singles collections. Singles such as ‘Flame’ have even been re-filmed with both the original and new official video for the track up on Youtube.
So honestly, what better way is there to spend your bank holiday other than having some drinks to combat the forecasted hot weather whilst seeing some incredibly talented musicians in the process? This year’s event is surely not one to miss.