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Preview: Dot To Dot festival 2013

Jo Cox


Dot To Dot is widely recognised as one of the best places to catch up and coming talent tipped to do well over the following months, with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Jake Bugg, Ellie Goulding and Lissie all having featured on the lineup in recent years. This year looks to be no exception with another eclectic mix of up and coming bands lined up for the three date festival, which hits Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham over the end of May Bank Holiday.

Headlining are Dry The River, Tom Odell, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Lucy Rose and 1975. Arguably all artists you’ll see cropping up on other festival lineups throughout the Summer. However it’s when you get down into the finer print that you uncover the real gems – the kind of bands you’ve been hearing about but just haven’t gotten round to seeing live yet. PINS fall into that category for me, along with Wolf Alice and Deap Vally.

Of course, part of the charm of Dot is wandering from venue to venue throughout the day stumbling across great music you’d never have found otherwise. It’s in the surprises, and the bands that’ll creep up and become the soundtrack to your summer. Whilst you can go in with a list of must see acts, which for me will include Lucy Rose and Candy Says, it’s also essential to leave enough time for browsing if you really want to make the most of what Dot has to offer.

Tickets are just £20. You can get yours from www.dottodotfestival.co.uk