Now in it’s 6th year and taking in three cities - Nottingham, Manchester and Bristol over the second May Bank Holiday weekend, the Dot To Dot Festival is almost upon us once again.
Each year the festival aims to put on and showcase the most exciting new talent around. In the past the like of Florence and the Machine, The XX, Glasvegas, Beach House and many more who have now become household names have played.
It promises to be an exhilirating day and night of live music taking in Rock City, Rescue Rooms, Stealth and The Bodega.
Instead of running through every band on the line-up, we've decided to highlight the ten we think will make your festival go with a bang on Sunday 29 May...
...AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD
Worryingly, this band probably started out when many of the people going to Dot To Dot weren’t even born, but their live shows are still as explosive and electrifying as anything you are likely to experience all day. They can be loud, ferocious and just down right insane, and often in the same song. Their set is bound to be a blitzkrieg of riffs, noise and energy.
Alessi’s Ark is a young singer-songwriter who plays lilting folk-pop with shades of chamber-pop and wouldn’t be out of place alongside the current crop of of kooky folky types from across the Atlantic such as Feist - except she’s from North London and her songs have the dark and twisted undertones of old lullabies.
Forget the circle-jerking blog hype that surrounded this New York based duo when they anonymously uploaded some songs to the internet a couple of years back; and instead bask in their glorious lo-fi pop that takes in anything from lush chillwave to 60s girl groups.
Playing the kinds of scuzzy new wave indie rock that bands like Best Coast and the Vivian Girls have been peddling recently. The band sound like they are trying to put all of the great guitar pop bands of the 1980s through a blender, with C86 influenced fuzz and murky vocals existing at the point where ramshackle and togetherness collide.
They’re from Oxford yet their sound has more in common with the the psychedelic pop of Animal Collective’s recent output. Imagine if Brian Wilson had access to ecstasy and a bank of keyboards instead of acid and a room full of musicians. If the sun isn’t out on the day of the festival, this band’s music has enough sunshine radiating from it to more than compensate.
THE JOY FORMIDABLE
Years of touring and self-funding their own releases finally paid off last year when they finally got signed. Welding shoegazey fuzzy guitars to glorious addictive pop songs, Joy Formidable aren’t afraid to rock hard whilst embracing the more pop end of the spectrum. Like moshing with a mouthful of popping candy.
THE NAKED AND FAMOUS
Listed as one of the BBC’s 'Sounds of 2011' and fresh from playing The Bodega earlier in the year, The Naked And Famous return to Nottingham to bring their exuberant dreamy electro to Dot To Dot. Recent singles Punching In A Dream and Young Blood were brimming with inventive melodies and expect more of the same.
NIKI AND THE DOVE
Will be bringing their bewitching and dark electro-pop all the way from Sweden. They may have that detached air of coolness that many Scandinavian acts exude, but their music is anything but that, as pounding glacial synths and deliciously spooky vocals go straight for the jugular.
Making the kind of post-grunge racket that manages to successfully weld a riot of noisy guitars to actual songs. There are shades of Weezer, Dinosaur Jr and Guided by Voices in what they do. It rocks, it’s unpretentious, but above all they will bring the kind of fun that you want at a festival.
TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS
Vying with ...And You Will Know Us Trail of the Dead for the best name at the festival, which is probably enough of a reason to go and check them out. Fortunately, the producer-type also makes sublime glitchy, euphoric electronica that sounds like a hundred computers getting down and dirty on the dance floor. Expect very messy scenes.
Local Nottingham artists will be representing more than ever at this year’s festival, and because you should all support your local scene make sure you catch these in action...
Win a Pair of Tickets! (Competition is now closed)
We are a generous bunch here at LeftLion towers, so we've decided to give one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to the Nottingham leg of Dot To Dot.
All you have to do to be in with a chance to win is to answer this very simple question...
Name the three cities where the Dot To Dot Festival takes place?
All answers should be sent by email to music(at)leftlion.co.uk* with the title ‘Dot To Dot Comp’ including your name and telephone number by 6pm on Monday 23 May 2011 . The winner will be picked at random.
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The Dot To Dot Festival Nottingham 2011 line-up
ROCK CITY MAIN HALL
22.00 - 23.00: Hurts
20.15 - 21.15: We Are Scientists
18.45 - 19.30: The Naked & Famous
17.15 - 18.00: Ed Sheeran
16.15 - 16.45: Swimming
15.15 - 15.45: Alpines
14.15 - 14.45: Long Dead Signal
23.45 - 03.30: Matt Horne Presents: Session
MAT HORNE DJ SET / THE TRASH SOCIETY DJS/ PUSH MUSIC DJS /PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS
ROCK CITY BASEMENT
00.45 - 01.15: Royal Republic
23.45 - 00.15: Romance
21.15 - 21.45: Frontiers
19.30 - 20.00: The Lines
18.15 - 18.45: To Kill A King
16.45 - 17.15: Foreign Office
15.45 - 16.15: The Suzukis
14.45 - 15.15: Zebedy Rays
13.45 - 14.15: Baby Godzilla
TRENT MAIN ROOM
21.30 - 22.30: Trail Of Dead
20.00 - 20.45: Joy Formidable
19.00 - 19.30: Dananananaykroyd
18.00 - 18.30: Benjamin Francis Leftwich
17.00 - 17.30: Braids
16.00 - 16.30: Hot Horizons
15.00 - 15.30: Spotlight Kid
TRENT UNI - THE PULSE
21.00 - 21.30: TBC
19.30 - 20.00: Colourmusic
18.30 - 19.00: I Dream In Colour
17.30 - 18.00: Jake Morley
16.30 - 17.00: Stagecoach
15.30 - 16.00: Veto
14.30 - 15.00: Royal Gala
01.00 - 01.45: King Charles
00.00 - 00.30: Cults
23.00 - 23.30: Fixers
22.00 - 22.30: Alessi’s Ark
21.00 - 21.30: Ronika
20.00 - 20.30: Tom And The Tides
19.00 - 19.30: Lanterns On The Lake
18.00 - 18.30: Various Cruelties
17.00 - 17.30: Kogumaza
16.00 - 16.30: TBC
15.00 - 15.30: Lux Lisbon
14.00 - 14.30: Will Jeffrey
00.15 - 01.00: Morning Parade
22.30 - 23.30: Guillemots
21.00 - 21.45: The Phoenix Foundation
20.00 - 20.30: Dom
19.00 - 19.30: Is Tropical
18.00 - 18.30: The Holidays
17.00 - 17.30: Get People
16.00 - 16.30: Wolfgang
15.00 - 15.30: Allie Moss
14.00 - 14.30: Childhood
STEALTH LIVE ROOM (DOWNSTAIRS)
02.00 - 03.00: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (Live)
00.45 - 01.30: SBTRKT (Live)
23.30 - 00.15: Hyetal (Live)
22.30 - 23.00: Becoming Real (Live)
21.30 - 22.00: Trophy Wife
20.30 - 21.00: Born Blonde
19.30 - 20.00: Niki And The Dove
18.30 - 19.00: All The Young
17.30 - 18.00: Yaaks
16.30 - 17.00: Yunioshi
04.00 - Close: Dollop DJs
02.30 - 04.00: Blawan
01.00 - 02.30: Mimm DJs
23.30 - 01.00: Lost Boyz DJs
16:00 - 23:00: Mute: The Smirnoff Silent Disco
The Dot To Dot Festival Nottingham takes place on Sunday 29 May 2011. Click here to buy tickets.