Hurd Recommends: Dot To Dot Festival 2017
One of our favourite new music festivals, Dot To Dot, is back this month – and so we’ve scoured the line-up to share our top ten must see acts.
If you’re not familiar with Dot To Dot, it’s an incredible fringe style festival hosting hundreds of undiscovered, and emerging artists in multiple venues. It happens across one weekend each year, and takes over three city centres – Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham – for one day each.
Manchester – Friday 26th May
Bristol – Saturday 27th May
Nottingham – Sunday 28th May
The line-up really is something to be impressed by this year with an incredible amount of talented emerging artists bubbling on the surface of exploding. As well as a whole host of artists touring the three cities across the weekend, there are also amazing local acts playing only in their host cities so keep an eye out!
Top Ten Must See Acts:
The Big Moon
These four girls know how to put on a show and have an incredible amount of energy which they pass on to the crowd. They’re always smiling and having fun – and there’s no chance you’ll leave their gig disappointed. They’re getting more and more plays on BBC Radio 1 and so whether you’ve seen them before or not, be sure to catch these girls before they’re selling out arenas.
Back in the days before Hurd was around, we (the founders, Jack and Gabby) fell in love with Island with EP Girl in 2015. Every track they have released since has failed to disappoint and that is why they are a must see at Dot To Dot this year. For guaranteed shivers down your spine, don’t miss ISLAND. They’re releasing an EP on the 12th May so expect new material, and they’re in the midst of writing an album too so it won’t stop here.
You’ll be stunned by her vocals one minute, and then battling with an incredible amount of energy and attitude the next. Miya Folick has a fluctuating style so be prepared to be taken off guard. She is from LA too, so it’s not everyday you’ll be able to catch her live. The only thing is she’ll only be playing Bristol and Nottingham so if it is Manchester you are off to – sorry!
This brother and sister duo are one of our favourite new music artists at Hurd, and therefore easily make it into our recommended artists to watch at Dot To Dot this year. Sister Katy’s unique vocal style is enough to draw you straight in, and each single the pair release brings a new level of appreciation.
This London based artist matches mellow guitar with soulful vocals. Nilüfer is just 21 and has a real depth and mature tone to her vocal style. Her name is travelling fast and she’s definitely another one to catch now, to enjoy her performance in an intimate venue. Expect a warmth to leave you captivated.
Your day at Dot To Dot wouldn’t be complete with a bit of girl power grunge pop. These two girls will have the crowd jumping with their low fi guitar numbers. Another energetic one to rock out to.
Think Paolo Nutini with an edge. Yellow Days won us over with his single Gap In The Clouds and his most recent single Go Home features those same rough and carefree vocals delivered with a touch of blues. The slow lingering beats will take you into a dreamland.
To chill out with an irresistible burst of dreamy indie-pop, catch Swimming Tapes at this year’s festival. These guys will give you a chance to relax and free up your mind as the electric guitar rings out. If you liked our vinyl record club edition with Seeing Hands in February, then you’ll definitely be a fan of these guys.
Willie J Healey
It’s hard to listen to Willie J Healey and not get involved with his music. He’s dubbed his style as ‘surf-rock’. It is carefree alternative pop really. Expect a fun energetic performance and lyrics that’ll get stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
The Night Café
A dose of indie pop is all anyone needs to have a good time right? They’ve been on tour with Sundara Karma (also playing, yes also ones to catch) and Blaenavon. Expect to leave feeling a little happier than when you went in after what’s going to be a bit of fun.