One of the highlights of the early part of festival season, Dot To Dot returns once again for its three-day tour of Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham (23/24/25 May). Throughout its 15 years, D2D has built up a well-earned reputation as a showcase of new music – wide in scope but manageable enough to feel like you can carve out a decent enough schedule without missing too much.
That said, there is a bewilderingly long list of talent on show again this year, so we’ve picked out a few artists we think you really need to see if you’re heading along to tour the venues in one of the three cities. Tickets (at an absurdly cheap £14!) are still available for all three locations – nab yours here.
Bristol-born Lauren Aquilina brings her eclectic sound to proceedings with a fusion of pop, folk and soul. Taking time out after her 2016 debut album to instead write for others, she has now returned with renewed vigour and focus. She’s also a great live performer and doubtless one to make a bee-line for at D2D.
Lauren Aquilina – If Looks Could Kill
Alt-rock/pop outfit King No-One have been steadily building up a reputation as a great live band since the band formed in York in 2013. They’ve rightly picked up plenty of radio airplay and critical acclaim in the intervening time, so head along and find out for yourself just what all the fuss is about.
King No-One – Under the Sound
Brighton’s Bess Atwell has an impressive armoury of folk-rock material to take out on the road this summer, which she will be doing during a host of festival slots. Dot To Dot appearances will be followed by Farm Fest and Green Man among others, before she sets out on her own headline tour dates in October.
Bess Atwell – Swimming Pool
Bristol favourites Swimming Girls have had a cracking year or so. The dark-pop quartet have been busy with some high-profile support shows for the likes of Pale Waves and Fickle Friends and now embark on a summer full of festival appearances including Live At Leeds, Neverworld and Truck. Catch them in their home town as part of the Dot To Dot line-up.
Swimming Girls – 1 2 Many
Powerfully atmospheric, expect to be shaken and stirred by US duo MISSIO. With spellbinding tracks from their new album The Darker The Weather, The Better The Man, there will be alt-pop synth delights in abundance during their set at Dot To Dot.
MISSIO – Bottom of the Deep Blue Sea
Alt-rock singer-songwriter Alex Lahey hails from Melbourne, Australia. There will be plenty of quirk from the multi-instrumentalist – including tunes from brand new album The Best Of Luck Club – but more importantly, expect some great songs from a very talented artist.
Alex Lahey – Don’t’ Be So Hard On Yourself
At last year’s Dot To Dot, we got very excited about the sublimely laid-back vibe of the mighty Men I Trust. It feels as if that slot this year will be occupied by the refined and classy sound of The Marías. The LA-based group bring a fusion of jazz, psychedelia, funk and lounge brought together in a way that could melt the coldest of hearts. Prepare to fall in love.
The Marías – I Don’t Know You
We picked out a few more for Bristol listings website 365Bristol.com too… check out their preview for more ideas on who to see at Dot To Dot this year.
Dot To Dot 2018 (photos by Martin Allen for Sync)