Dot to Dot festival line up

The first wave of artists for this year’s Dot to Dot festival has been announced.

Taking place across venues in Manchester, Nottingham, and Bristol, the festival is widely recognised for its mix of established performers and the exciting, fresh artists. Having recently been accredited as ‘Winner of Best Festival for Emerging Talent’ at the UK Festival Awards in 2017, expect a thriving event to generate the summer festival feeling.

The 2018 lineup will be headlined by The Horrors. Since swaggering onto the scene back in 2006 with Dickensian Dandy Threads and an eyeliner/hairstyle combination that echoes The Jesus and Mary Chain, the Southend Shoegazers have remained a consistent presence in the alternative music scene. The band has progressed immeasurably since those early steps, from their 2009 Mercury prize nominated album “Primary Colours” through to 2015’s “V”, their Dot to Dot headline set is sure to be full of highlights.

Dermot Kennedy is welcomed to the festival, with James Blake and Taylor Swift said to be keen admirers of the 25-year-old Irish newcomer. Regularly compared to Bon Iver, his debut performance at Dot To Dot 2018 is not to be missed. Another delightful addition to the festival is Manchester indie quarter Pale Waves, who have had a meteoric rise to date. Signed to the Dirty Hit label (The 1975, Wolf Alice) the band have released one EP to date, but with a debut album planned for later this year, the pipeline continues to look promising for this band.

Further confirmed for the festival are proto-feminist folk artist Marika Hackman, who refuses to fall into the clichéd ‘girl with guitar’ label. Leicester’s Soul/R&B prodigy Mahalia, who is signed to powerhouse label Atlantic Records. At just 19 years old, Mahalia is another exciting artist not to miss at this year’s event.

Continuing the trend of Manchester bands are Cassia, whose refreshing and upbeat sounds are certain to go down a treat with a local crowd. Dot to Dot 2018 will also feature performances from American indie rockers Turnover, Bristol favourites Bad Sounds, the LA punk band The Regrettes, and online sensation Gus Dapperton, who will surely draw the unanimous attention of both fashionistas and music fans alike.

Dot To Dot Organiser Anton Lockwood, of DHP Family, said: “We’re delighted to welcome The Horrors to headline 2018’s Dot To Dot Festival. Over the course of 5 albums, their relentless creativity has produced some of the best music the UK has to offer, and it’s great to have them at the UK’s most forward-thinking city festival”. As well as The Horrors, the first wave announcement includes a host of exciting and emerging bands set to perform such as Adam French, Daniel Alexander, Grand Pax, Haiku Hands, Malena Zavala, Puma Blue, Skegss and many more. Delighted to address this wave of upcoming artists confirmed, Lockwood said: “We’ve seen many artists go on to huge success after playing at D2D and we can’t wait to see what this year’s bunch will go on to achieve!”.

Dot to Dot festival will take place across soon-to-be-confirmed venues in Manchester on Friday 25th May, tickets are now available from £13.

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