With three separate events hitting Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham across the bank holiday weekend at the end of May, Dot to Dot will once again celebrate the music of each city, whilst also calling upon a mighty line up that is set to travel across all three during the weekend.
With an emphasis on up and coming bands and acts, the Dot to Dot line up is a melting pot of indie, psych, punk and pop rock, with the likes of The Slow Readers Club and Pins representing Manchester, Pushing Daisies and Ardyn making waves in Bristol and Amber Run and Kagoule bringing the noise in Bristol.
Added to this, the main bill includes big names such as Sundara Karma and The Growlers, making for mass head scratching when it comes to picking someone to watch. To make life a bit easier we've handpicked five acts featuring across the weekend who we think are set to deliver massive performances.
In 2016 album Babes Never Die, Honeyblood further demonstrated their innate ability to deliver, pummeling punk rock anthems with hollering choruses and, as the name suggests, an unshakable feeling of empowerment. The Glaswegian duo made up of Stina Marie Claire Tweeddale and Cat Myers are a ruthlessly effective live act, with sweat soaked skin an unavoidable result of one of Honeyblood's raucous live run outs. They play all three dates of Dot to Dot 2017, so keep an eye out for them.
Despite the comedic connotations of their namesake, The Growlers are responsible for some pretty serious psychedelic surf blues. The Californian trio's sound emulates their origin as their jangly riffs and reverberated vocals are able to transcend listeners to a sunshine-soaked location. Their 2014 release Chinese Fountain quickly became a cult classic among psych fans, and although you can't be promised nice weather at this year's Dot to Dot, you'll certainly feel sunkissed and warm listening to this lot.
Having opened for noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells on an extensive run of sold out dates, Miya Folick's dreamy vocals are met with punching guitar and driving drums, creating a perfect juxtaposition of sounds. The eccentric live performances that captivated Sleigh Bells' audiences can be put down to her original career goal of acting, as the theatrical display of her riot-grrl tinged indie pop is not to be missed.
The scouse wonderkid has a smouldering, gravelly voice and rip roaring fretwork to match. In 2015, his debut release '.45' made the nation’s ears perk up with interest and without further ado it became Radio One’s Hottest Record In The World. Following a string of further releases, the singer songwriter is surely on the brink of releasing his debut album. Fans of Berry can but hope that he will tease new material during his sets across the weekend of Dot to Dot, as well as delivering his past numbers in typically rip roaring fashion.
Indie flair and soulful melodies give the singer a unique style that has seen him appear on both Soccer AM and This Feeling TV, as well as getting plenty of radio airplay. He's also worked with Chase & Status on their massive track 'All Goes Wrong' and promises to deliver more and more as the year goes on. This young man is set to be huge in not too long, so catching him now before he blows up would be more than worth your time.