Now celebrating its tenth year in the game, Dot To Dot festival is sporting quite the stacked line-up this year. The three-day festival takes place across three locations this Bank Holiday weekend, taking over the cities of Bristol and Nottingham, with Manchester kicking off the whole shebang this Friday.
Since the very first Dot To Dot festival took place in Nottingham nine years ago, the organisers have prided themselves each and every year on unearthing the hottest new talent around, in addition to showcasing established acts from across the globe. This year it’s no different, and toward the top of the bill you’ve got the likes of Saint Raymond, Best Coast and Fat White Family, whilst the rest of the festival is packed out with some great up-and-coming bands.
But with so many bands on, you’ll need a nudge in the right direction as to who you should check out. With that in mind, here’s six bands that Birthday Cake For Breakfast feel you should go out of your way to see this Friday night.
Flesh – The Roadhouse 18:30 – 19:00
Top lads and kings of snot-pop Flesh are opening up the evening over at The Roadhouse, one of Manchester’s live music institutions. I’ve championed these chaps for quite a while and I don’t think it will be too long before they’re blowing up.
Earlier this year they opened up for Peace on three sold out shows at The Deaf Institute, and they’re up and down the country playing shows constantly. Their blend of Madchester sounds overflowing with sludge and sick guitar solo’s makes for a terrific live show.
Sadly, The Roadhouse is closing its doors at the end of May, so make sure you get there front and centre to give the place a good send off. Champion.
Trojan Horse – Kraak 18:45 – 19:15
From snot-pop to Prog-rock, If you were interested to find out who’s bringing the plaid shirts and wig-outs to this year’s Dot To Dot Festival, Salford Prog-Gods Trojan Horse are your men. They’re on a bit of a roll at the minute, with their new album ‘World Turned Upside Down’ receiving rave reviews (Prog Magazine loved it) and radio play from the likes of 6Music (top snooker bloke Steve Davis recently played them when he was on with Jarvis Cocker!) As well as that, they’re also set to play this year’s brilliant ArcTanGent festival!
Their immersive live show is not one to be missed, and you can catch them early in the evening at Kraak gallery – what better way to kick off the festival than lashings of synth and riffs?
Kagoule – Mint Lounge 20:00 – 20:30
Deep into the hustle and bustle of the Northern Quarter, you’ll find The Mint Lounge. Generally seen as a bit of a chavvy club, I’ve seen some stonkingly good bands play there, and Dot To Dot is once again forcing me to attend by putting on the brilliant Kagoule.
The Nottingham alt-rock trio have been pricking up the ears of folk all over the land the past year, even smashing it up on the BBC Introducing stage at last year’s Glastonbury festival. Their 90’s grunge sound is utterly infectious and incredibly enough, they’re just breaking into their very early 20’s, so the sky is the bloody limit.
Their debut album ‘Urth’ is set for release this August through Earache Records. Find out what all the fuss is about this Friday. Expect massive things.
The Wytches – Central Methodist Hall 21:15 – 21:45
Go to a gig these days and chances are, in any one of the bands playing that night, one member will likely be wearing one of The Wytches shirts. It’s fair to say the Brighton based trio have gained a loyal following since forming in Peterborough back in 2011. With a repertoire of dark and gloomy songs that swish between grunge and surf-rock, taking time to dabble in the psychedelic, the summer of 2014 saw the release of their debut album ‘Annabel Dream Reader’ to rave reviews across the board.
The Manchester leg of Dot To Dot 2015 will see The Wytches playing the unlikely setting of The Central Methodist Hall – See you in the (pul)pit!
False Advertising – Whiskey Jar 23:15 – 23:45
False Advertising are a brand spanking new three-piece from the rainy streets of Manchester, who are already generating a heap of interest online. It all seemed to happen very quickly; I got linked to the brilliant ‘Wasted Away’ on Twitter and immediately got involved in passing it on, like a right on (entirely correct) Chinese Whisper. Since then, the track (and subsequent track ‘I Don’t Know’) has been passed around left, right and centre, and everyone wants a piece of them!
Having recently spent a week holed away in a converted church in the Peak District, the trio have now finished self-producing their debut album, which I predict will become a bit of a sleeper hit when it’s released this year. Keep an eye out for that one, and make sure you’re at The Whiskey Jar this Friday night!
Menace Beach – Central Methodist Hall 00:30 – 1:00
If the Central Methodist Hall is still standing at midnight, you’ll want to try and squeeze yourself in to catch Leeds cool-kids Menace Beach. I predict everyone’s going to be a bit off their heads at this point, so what better way to spend it than in the company of Menace Beach?
With their blend of scuzzy, lo-fi alt-jams, these cats have been hammering away this past year with shows up and down the country, rubbing shoulders with the likes of their bezzie-mates Pulled Apart By Horses. Come along at half 12 and lose yourself!
So is there anyone missing from this list? Agree or disagree with these 6 picks? Want to buy me a beer on the night? Get in touch and let us know!
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