With almost 30 venues and over 100 acts set to grace stages across Notts at this year's Dot To Dot Festival, we’re here to help you avoid the inevitable set-clash heartache and venue-hopping sweat. Here’s who we’re champing at the bit to see...
Tantalising vocals and flashes of grunge and punk cleverly collide in the hands of local powerhouse Babe Punch. Sometimes frenzied and always fiery, their catchy choruses will have you hooked.
Do yourselves a favour and check out offbeat scouse musician Brad stank; expect laughs and mellow, jazzy pop sounds, or as he puts it, ‘sexistential pop’. We can’t bleddy wait.
With personal, poignant lyrics, this velvet-voiced folk artist masters melodic minimalism, softly pulling at your heart with delicate guitar picking. (Go on and add him to your Spotify playlist now, it’s only a matter of time).
Melodic, volatile and razor-sharp, Notts four-piece Do Nothing are building quite the reputation round these parts. Most often suited and booted, expect ruffled art-rock punctuated with plenty of striking moments.
Jimi Mack’s hypnotic finger-style folk recalls the tenderness of Nick Drake. Evocative lyrics and sumptuous guitar riffs abound. Catch him on the bill in solo, and as half of the band Black Mustard with Alice Robbins.
This thrilling modern jazz trio are as sonically inventive as they are technically accomplished. At times smooth and other times defiantly rhythmic, their catchy motifs will put you in an unavoidable groove.
A stunning voice for soul, singer-songwriter Mollie Ralph throws back to the sixties, with hints of Paloma Faith. Her accomplished, sensitive songwriting and jazz-influenced arrangements will make for a mesmerising set.
If post-dance funk is your jam, don’t miss Halifax-based rising stars The Orielles. This glorious indie group deliver high-energy sets which will have you grooving ‘til your feet fall off.
With pearlescent vocals set against dreamy guitar riffs and bracing drumming, Manchester-born singer songwriter Phoebe Green is full of charm and style, all the while delivering a touch of nostalgia.
Points of View
Newly formed indie collective Points of View may only have a handful of performances under their belt, but we’ve got a feeling they have some serious magic up their sleeves.
Nottingham quintet Sancho Panza yield bigger and bigger crowds every time they play, with folks flocking to experience their kaleidoscopic slacker indie sound. Make sure you’re one of them.
Soft Girls & Boys Club
Local favourites Soft Girls & Boys Club serve up charming and dreamy psych rock, sometimes cascading into glorious Tame Impala territory. Expect playful belters with the occasional dark undertone.
The Rain Age
Formed from the hot ashes of Shiftwork, this spectral Notts three-piece have imbued their previous post-punk sound with a slight cast change, and we’re hugely hyped to experience their new direction.
Dubbed ‘Sweden’s worst kept secret’, Stockholm-based Viagra Boys make exceptionally grisly and innovative punk music with wild and unruly live energy. Fans of Dead Kennedys and Sleaford Mods, line up.
Dot to Dot Festival takes over Nottingham on Sunday 26 May 2019