Festival Fortnight: Dot to Dot

If you don’t have a whole weekend to spare that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on some of the best in new music. Now in its sixth year, Dot to Dot is held in Nottingham, Bristol, and Manchester over the May bank holiday weekend – but only lasts one day in each.


Friendly Fires played the one day Dot-to-Dot Festival in 2009. Photo: Mike Mantin

The festival plays over three days in three locations, but differs to Reading and Leeds as all the acts play the same city on the same day. This means that you get to see 16 hours of non-stop live music from all your favourite bands in one place.

The fantastic lineup covers the cutting edge music across many genres including indie, rock, dance, and pop. Mystery Jets, Ellie Goulding, Los Campesinos!, and Zane Lowe are just a few highlights from the diverse roster of over 50 acts to play in one day.

Dot to Dot works quite simply. Just pick a city and buy your ticket, and on the day you turn up grab a wristband and travel between the venues to see some of the best up-and-coming music talent in the country right now.

There are between five and eight venues depending which city you go to and all of the venues are within walking distance of each other. This is the perfect budget busting gig for students with no need for camping with all the cities and venues easy to reach on public transport.

Dot to Dot festival takes place from May 29th – 30th, with performances starting at 1pm and carrying on through to the early hours. Stage lineups will be announced this Friday, May 14th.

Tickets are just £25 and more information can be found by visiting the official website.

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