It’s back – and this year, it’s better than ever. For 10 years has Dot to Dot graced the streets of Manchester exposing the freshest talent around, and to celebrate a decade, they’ve pulled out all the stops. We’ve picked our top ten acts that we’re most excited to see to save you the trouble of scouring through the lineup. Kind of us, eh?
If you’re a fan of bedroom-punk, then you’ll need to introduction to Cherry Glazerr – the Los Angeles trio who stormed onto the slacker scene way back in 2013 with the release of the Papa Cremp tape. They’ve only matured in sound since, with 2014’s Haxel Princess and this year’s Apocalipstick receiving overwhelming critical acclaim. For them to travel all the way from the States to play for you, it’d be rude not to swing by.
The Big Moon
What 2017 festival is complete with your favourite girl gang The Big Moon? The four are headlining Dot to Dot with their ecstatic indie anthems to ensure your night’s rounded off with an absolute bang. If Love In The 4th Dimension was everything you wanted and more, you’ve got no excuse to cram your way to front and scream out ‘Cupid’ at the top of your lungs.
Effortlessly cool and criminally underrated, Sorry have been viciously carving a niche little hole for themselves down in the London scene that’s home to Dead Pretties, Shame and Shark Dentist. With Asha Lorenz’s deadpan vocals packing a punch whilst remaining deceptively chill, it’s impossible to imagine that this quartet with such a huge cult status will stay underground for too much longer.
Willie J Healey
Willie J Healy has become our adopted favourite here on TMB – and after giving the Hey Big Moon EP a listen, it’s not hard to see why. With latest single ‘Lazy Shade of Pink’ channeling some serious Happyness slacker vibes, Healy is bound to put on a storming set that’ll leave you yearning to sway and sing-a-long. It happens every time he plays.
Twangy guitar? Check. Crooning vocals? You bet. South-East London’s Cosmo Pyke has it all, a multi-instrumentalist who shot to fame from his fuzzy pop-songs and old school nostalgia. The phrase “legend in the making” has never felt so appropriate.
If you’re itching for a slice of dream-pop, then London five-piece Swimming Tapes are definitely for you. Their nostalgic, summery sound and knack at writing the most beautiful chord changes means you can witness England’s lo-fi answer to The Beach Boys in the flesh. Sound good? We’ll see you there.
Eagulls have spawned an array of melancholy-sounding bands over the past few years, and one of the best is Lumer – a thrashing Hull quartet whose grunge sound results in ferocious live shows. They’ve already caught the industry’s eye by bagging a slot at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend the day after they grace us with their presence in Manc, so get well-acquainted before they blow up big style.
The lovechild of late 70’s Bowie and Field Music, you’ll be questioning why you haven’t heard of Artificial Pleasure sooner if you give them a spin. With bass lines groovier than a disco tribute act, it’s hard to imagine that a band who sound so polished were only formed last year. You’ll struggle to find a better act to see on the night; if it it’s any consolation, I can’t stop bashing them.
After smashing his set at the TMB Live at Leeds stage, it’d be stupid to not recommend Yellow Days. The project of 17 year-old George van den Broek, his soulful vocals against a woozy backdrop of dreamy guitars call to mind the haziness of Only Real. He may be young, but don’t be fooled – van den Broek’s timeless croons will surely provide you some downtime between Dot to Dot’s madness.
All We Are
For fans of Wild Beasts and – dare I say – the Bee Gees, Dot to Dot has you covered with All We Are. With the release of sophomore effort Sunny Hills just around the corner, this Liverpool-based trio are creators of the smoothest tunes around. Get some drinks down you and go and catch them if you’re looking for a boogie.
Check the full line-up below and grab your tickets now!