Dot to Dot Festival
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|Dot to Dot Festival|
|Genre||Indie, electro, alternative|
|Dates||Spring Bank Holiday Weekend|
|Location(s)||Nottingham, Bristol, Manchester, England|
|Years active||2005 – present|
|Founded by||Daybrook House Promotions|
The Dot to Dot Festival is an annual music festival held at various venues in Nottingham, Bristol and Manchester across a weekend. Unlike weekend music festivals such as the Reading and Leeds Festivals, there is no artist rotation – all artists play one city the first day and travel to the other for the following day.
- 1 History
- 1.1 2016 Event
- 1.2 2015 Event
- 1.3 2014 Event
- 1.4 2013 Event
- 1.5 2012 Event
- 1.6 2011 Event
- 1.7 2010 Event
- 1.8 2009 Event
- 1.9 2008 Event
- 1.10 2007 event
- 1.11 2006 Event
- 1.12 2005 Event
- 2 External links
The 2016 festival took place in Manchester on 23 May, Bristol on 24 May and Nottingham 25 May
The 2015 festival took place in Manchester on 22 May, Bristol on 23 May and Nottingham 24 May
The 2014 festival took place in Manchester on 23 May, Bristol on 24 May and Nottingham 25 May
The 2013 festival took place in Manchester on 24 May, Bristol on 25 May and Nottingham 26 May
The 2012 festival was held over the extended Queen's Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend from 2–4 June.
Manchester, 2 June: HMV Ritz, Deaf Institute, Sound Control, Joshua Brooks, Zoo
Bristol, 3 June: O2 Academy, Thekla, Louisiana, Trinity, Fleece, Start The Bus, The Cooler, Stag & Hounds
Nottingham, 4 June: Rock City, Rock City Basement, Rescue Rooms, Stealth, Bodega, Jongleurs
The 2012 line-up was headlined by The Drums, previous recipients of NME's Philip Hall Radar Award, and Pulled Apart By Horses, the Leeds post-hardcore four-piece described by The Observer as "the best live band in Britain."
Also on the bill were Willy Mason, Nottingham art-pop quintet Dog Is Dead, Summer Camp, Lucy Rose, Kyla La Grange, Deaf Club, Clock Opera, Thepetebox, Ryan Keen, Broken Hands, Dirty Goods, Pearl & The Beard, Vadoinmessico and Wonder Villains.
The 2011 festival was a continuation of the three city/three-day routine from 2010. Tickets ranged from £20 – £25 depending on location.
Acts announced to play the festival were: Hurts, Darwin Deez (Manchester Exclusive), Ed Sheeran, We Are Scientists, Guillemots, The Naked and Famous, The Joy Formidable, Ed Sheeran, SBTRKT, Dananananaykroyd, Wolf Gang, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Braids, Cults, Hyetal and many more.
Less than a week after the 2009 event, Dot to Dot's return in 2010 was confirmed with a limited release of early bird tickets on sale 29 May 2009.
The annual event showcased up and coming bands and DJs from the UK and international scenes offering two days of indie, rock, dance and pop music.
As with previous years the festival concentrated on the musical epicentres of each city across a number of venues of differing sizes.
Tickets for the 2009 event – which took place on 23 and 24 May 2009 – were released on 23 January 2009.
In 2008, the festival operated a third location in Shoreditch, London, known as Hox to Dot. This leg catered for the more electronic extreme of the indie music spectrum, hosting DJs and turntablists. For this reason, there was no real crossover between artists at the London leg with either Nottingham or Bristol. Additionally, Hox to Dot operated on a Thursday (as opposed to a two-day, weekend festival).
Venues in Nottingham were Rock City, Nottingham Trent University, The Rescue rooms, Stealth and The Bodega Social Club. Bristol hosted performances in the Academy, The Thekla, the Fleece, the Louisiana, the Trinity Centre and Fiddlers club. London used venues such as Catch, Electricity Showroom Basement, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, The Macbeth, and The Old Blue Last.
The 2008 festival included such acts as Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly., Dirty Pretty Things, Spiritualized Mystery Jets, Glasvegas, Alphabeat, Bloc Party Hercules and Love Affair, Two Gallants, Noah and the Whale, Ladyhawke, Metronomy, Rolo Tomassi and The Holloways. The London leg featured live sets from Juiceboxxx, Cutting Pink With Knives and various DJ sets.
2007 was the first year that Dot to Dot operated in Bristol as well as Nottingham. It took place on Bank Holiday Sunday 27 May at The Rescue Rooms, Rock City, The Social, Stealth, Notts trent University and The Old Angel in Nottingham As well as Thekla Social, Louisiana and Fiddler's in Bristol on Bank Holiday Saturday 26 May. Both events Went on from 1PM – 5AM.
The 2007 event included acts such as The Cribs, New Young Pony Club, Kate Nash, Annuals, Erol Alkan, Kano, Chromeo, Late of the Pier, Gallows, Laura Marling and Blonde Redhead, with tickets priced at £22.50 (all venues) or £20 for 14+ venues only.
With over 50 DJs plus bands such as British Sea Power and Bromheads Jacket, at four venues across the city of Nottingham, this event runs from 1pm until 4am over May Bank Holiday Sunday. The chosen venues are Stealth, Rock City, The Social and the Rescue Rooms.
Tickets were priced at £12.50. The event had stalls and visual activities as well as live music acts across all venues.
Dot to Dot Festival was held in Nottingham at The Bodega (Formerly The Social) Stealth, Rescue Rooms and Rock City.
The 2006 event included acts such as British Sea Power, Mystery Jets, The Long Blondes, Buck 65, Metronomy, Klaxons, The Automatic, The Horrors Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, MSTRKRFT and Simian Mobile Disco.
The event took place on Bank Holiday Sunday 29 May 2005 and tickets were priced at £12.
Dot to Dot Festival started in Nottingham. It took place across three venues; Rescue Rooms, The Bodega (Formerly The Social) and Stealth
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