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Dot To Dot 2011

Lisa Ward


Back for its sixth year, Dot To Dot is the travelling festival, not to be missed. Launched in 2005 as a one-day event in Nottingham, it has slowly spread, adding Bristol to the list of cities in 2007 and now, after a few stints in London, Manchester has made it’s mark as the third city after a successful placing there last year. In a similar vein to the Camden Crawl, Dot To Dot takes place in various venues across the regions over the May bank holiday weekend.

With acts this year including mainstream favourites Hurts and Guillemots, as well as up and coming band such as The Joy Formidable and Trophy Wife, it’s an eclectic line up which bridges all genres in just a few short hours. With this year’s acts following in the footsteps of Ellie Goulding, Ladyhawk and Laura Marling, Dot To Dot is the kind of festival that repeatedly boasts must see acts right at the dawn of their careers.

Dot To Dot Organiser Anton Lockwood (Of DHP Group) said: ‘This latest announcement brings some artists to Dot To Dot that we are long term fans of, like the mighty Trail of Dead, the stunning Joy Formidable, together with some of the most exciting new artists around like Cults and Braids. We aren’t forgetting the electronic music fans either, adding highly respected artists SBTRKT and Blawan to an ever growing bill. And there’s plenty more to come…’

After discovering the likes of Lissie in a tiny venue at last year’s festival and experiencing the crush of fans watching Ellie Goulding it’s clear that Dot To Dot combines the established and emerging. An experience that will leave most torn in a debate between watching their favourite band and discovering this summer’s next big thing.

Dot To Dot takes place in Bristol, Nottingham and Manchester on the 28th, 29th and 30th May respectively, with day tickets costing just £25 for Bristol and Nottingham and £20 in Manchester.

For more information and tickets, visit www.dottodotfestival.co.uk