12 May, 2018, 15:00
The three day, three city award-winning event Dot to Dot Festival returns on 25th-27th May, with a line-up packed with artists both familiar and new.
Leading the bill this year are The Horrors, a band whose music seems to defy any attempt to classify them. Once heralded as the saviours of UK garage rock, the band has since mounted forays into kraut rock and shoegaze and with their latest release, the excellent V, neo-psychedelia.
Perhaps easier to classify, but by no means simple, is the folk/R&B blend of Dermot Kennedy. The Irish singer-songwriter has achieved cult status with his live performances, selling out gigs in Europe and the US.
Marika Hackman is worth a look, too. The former Burberry model has recast herself as a fiendish and brilliantly clever songwriter, whether its addressing meaningless sex or Hackman’s pronounced penchant for the grotesque.
There’s tonnes of familiar names to see: the husky neo-soul of Ady Suleiman, the wildly eccentric Canadian quartet Peach Pit – but do spare some time for acts you’ve not heard of before. Dot to Dot has a world class pedigree for featuring artists ‘before they were big’.
And, at £13 a ticket, the festival is a bloody bargain!