THE three-day Dot to Dot festival returns to Manchester again this year, before travelling onto Bristol on May 28 and Nottingham on May 29, bringing the best new upcoming artists of 2016.
The festival, which was born in 2005, has hosted a variety of artists over the years, with appearances from Ed Sheeran, SBTRKT, Ellie Goulding and Annie Mac over the 11-year span.
Only over only the last two years, the festival has also featured some of the best and most popular artists of 2016, with the likes of Years and Years, Wolf Alice, Catfish and the Bottlemen and James Bay performing at the festival before becoming popular to a larger audience.
This year’s line-up also hosts a variety of promising artists, with The Mystery Jets, The Temper Trap, Rat Boy, Lauren Aquilina, Sundara Karma and The Japanese House performing as headliners of the festival.
However, the festival doesn’t forget the local talent, and for each destination for the festival, there is also a line up of bands from that specific area. The Manchester bands appearing on this year’s festival include the likes of Spring King, Pale Waves, Delamere, Girl Friend and many more artists also appearing on the bill for May 27.
So if you have got yourself a ticket for this year’s Dot to Dot festival in Manchester, here are three acts certainly not to be missed.
The Japanese House
The UK artist performing as The Japanese House, Amber Bain, will be appearing at this year’s festival. After supporting The 1975 on their most recent tour of the UK, the artist signed to Dirty Hit Records has gathered quite a following.
The two four-track EP’s, ‘Pools to Bathe In’ and ‘Clean,’ counting members of The 1975 as co-producers, have been described by DIY Magazine as ‘bigger and slicker on stage’.
With songs filled with layered harmonies, samplers, guitars and synth, it is easy to be drawn in by the inviting melancholy of The Japanese House. Despite being filled with a variety of what could be described as experimental techniques combined with the fragility of Bain’s vocals and lyrics, everything gels together to create an overall mesmerizing sound.
The young band from Reading, Sundara Karma,
will also take to the stage at this year’s festival. The indie four-piece are quickly becoming known on the band scene after supporting a variety of popular bands, appearing at a number of festivals and having their own headline tour last year.
Also releasing two EP’s filled with beautifully crafted indie anthems, ‘EP I’ and ‘EP II,’ frontman Oscar Lulu commented: “We’re hoping 2016 is going to be our year, we’re going to f*****g go for it… and maybe not party so hard.”
With their music filled with shimmering guitars and hooks, the bands singles can immediately grasp an audience’s attention from the onset. The distinct vocals from the front man, Lulu, are instantly recognisable and all four members of the band equally display their talent across their memorable singles.
The refreshing four-piece made up of Heather, Ciara, Ryan and Hugo perfectly describe their genre as ‘reverb and glitter’. Their dreamy-indie pop vibe that the band radiate when performing live is certainly engaging, and the set up of two men and two women really makes the band stand out in a positive fashion.
The band has two singles currently available to listen to on Soundcloud, featuring their distinctive tracks, ‘The Tide’ and ‘Heavenly’.
The remarkable sound of the young band can be described similar to that of the Birmingham born bands such as Swim Deep, Peace and Jaws, featuring shiny riffs teamed with skating and beach-vibes.