8 Bands to Watch Out For at Dot to Dot Festival

By Georgina Hurdsfield

Pale Waves – Pale Waves return once again to Dot to Dot Festival since their previous appearance on the line-up in 2016. Since signing to record label ‘Dirty Hit’ in 2017, their fan base has grown massively and I’d be surprised if any music fan in Manchester hadn’t heard of them already. If indie pop and songs about romance are for you, Pale Waves should be on your list of bands to see this year at Dot to Dot. Check out their latest EP release ‘All the Things I Never Said’.

For fans of – The 1975, Haim, Wolf Alice and Jaws.


Marika Hackman – Another artist from the ‘Dirty Hit’ record label, Marika Hackman is a young singer-songwriter who is steadily becoming more and more popular as we continue to see her name on many of the 2018 festival line-ups. Her sound can be described as delicate melodies but with brooding dark lyrics, her sound is truly dynamic which is exactly what we love about her.

For fans of – Daughter, Julien Baker and Soccer Mommy.


Turnover –Turnover’s place in the line-up is truly a pleasant surprise for fans of music that bridges the gap between emo, shoegaze and dream-pop. They are sure to evoke the summer season to Dot to Dot festival, even if expectedly Manchester lives up to its nickname ‘rain city’.

For fans of – Slowdive, Tigers Jaw and Pity Sex.


Bexey – Despite Bexey’s debut live show only being in April last year, he’s developed an extremely successful reputation online. Bringing an emo trap twist to Dot to Dot Festival, we are very excited to see something different at the festival.

For fans of – Lil Peep, Smokeasac and Lil Tracy.


Our Girl – After recording their debut album in Manchester in 2017, we are very happy to welcome Brighton’s three-piece, Our Girl back for their festival set of melancholic music with attitude. If this sounds to be something of your interest, check out their latest single ‘I Really Like It’.

For fans of – Alvvays, The Magic Gang and Dream Wife.


Haiku Hands – Travelling all the way from Australia, Haiku Hands seem to be the artist that are bringing the party to Dot to Dot Festival this year. If you have a thirst for festivity, make sure you check out Haiku Hands’ eclectic set this May. If this sounds like your idea of fun, check out their single ‘Not About You’ to get yourself ready for the party.

For fans of – Azealia Banks and M.I.A.


Fontaines D.C. – One of the most exciting upcoming bands in indie-punk, certainly a band to keep an eye out for as Fontaines D.C. are going to blow up once their debut album is released. With only singles released here and there over the last couple of years, we are looking forward to seeing their live performance at Dot to Dot to hopefully hear some unreleased material.

For fans of –  Courtney Barnett, Baby Strange and The Blinders.


Chappaqua Wrestling – After moving North from Brighton to Manchester, you get the sense from Chappaqua Wrestling’s latest EP that they have been taking influence from the strong music that is coming out of Manchester at the moment. Their music creates a Californian vibe which will get everyone in the mood for the start of summer at Dot to Dot festival.

For fans of – DMA’s, Declan McKenna and The Magic Gang.


Dot to Dot Festival will take place in Manchester across a variety of city venues on Friday 25th May. Tickets are available here and you can view the full lineup below!

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