Dot To Dot Festival 2012 - Preview

by - Thursday, March 22, 2012

When I made the decision to move up north for University, I also made myself a promise that I would take advantage of the sheer wealth of small festivals that seem to take place in the Yorkshire and Lancashire area. With Constellations at Leeds University impressing me back in November, and Live At Leeds hopefully lined up to do the same in the next few months, there doesn't seem to be enough of these star-studded weekends that let you take in some of the brightest talents the music industry has to offer, all for a reasonable price and not a leaky tent in sight.

One of the festivals I'm most excited to try out for the first time is Dot To Dot. For years I've admired the eclectic yet cohesive line up they manage to pull together, most notably back in 2010 when they hosted the double threat of Wild Beasts and Los Campesinos, not to mention appearances in the past from The XX, Florence And The Machine, Laura Marling, Friendly Fires and Mumford & Sons. 

A festival of three legs (Bristol 2nd June, Nottingham 3rd June, Manchester 4th June), Dot to Dot has been running for seven years, plenty of time to establish an aesthetic where they can amalgamate the finest indie bands on the live circuit with up and coming names. This year is no exception: each leg will be headlined by everybody's favourite surf merchants The Drums (fresh off the back of an extensive UK tour), as well as personal Safety In Sound favourites Pulled Apart By Horses, who I expect to deliver what has now become their trademark: a formidable live show of hefty riffs. The juxtaposition between the two is part of what makes Dot To Dot such a find.

Joining this line up will be some other SiS favourites: Dog Is Dead and Lucy Rose, the former playing Nottingham as a homecoming show and the latter using it as part of her very first UK tour. They will be sharing stage space with the likes of Willy Mason, Summer Camp, The Wonder Villians, Broken Hands and Deaf Club, with many more still to be announced.

So how much do I pay for this line up, I hear you cry? Well music fans, the extra beauty of Dot To Dot is that all this can be yours for just £20. What are you waiting for?

For the full line up, tickets and further announcements, visit

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