Dig out the bunting and crack open the Super Bock’s… it’s festival week! This Sunday is Dot To Dot where we’re lucky enough to be hosting acts both upstairs and downstairs. We’ve scoured through them all so you don’t have to. Let’s take a look at the bands playing upstairs this Sunday…
First up we’ve got Nottingham based indie-folk artist Catmilk kicking off things upstairs with their dreamy, mellow sound. The release of their latest single ‘Boy’ has cemented them as one of the most exciting up and coming folk artists in Nottingham. This will be a lovely one, get down early for this! Following on from Catmilk we’ve got South London based Tapir! keeping the dreamy sounds rolling, their intricate sound and clever lyrics have earned them a solidified place on the London circuit so this is a great opportunity to see them before they sky rocket.
Switching up the pace, Meryl Streek will be delivering their fierce avant-garde punk. With biting lyrics and intense delivery, this will be an intense, emotional performance so get to know their debut album ‘796’ as soon as you can. Taking the stage shortly after is alt-rock group Hotwax; with a busy summer ahead, sharing festival stages with the likes of Queen Of The Stone Age and The Strokes. Fusing a grunge sound with a modern post-punk twist this one will be high energy and impactful.
Another exciting fusion of worlds returning to The Bodega is Benefits, combining noise rock and urgent spoken word. They’ve just released their debut album ‘Nails’ and they made waves at their last show here with lyrics surrounding self empowerment, politics and ‘Shit Britain’. Shortly after is a bit of a homecoming show. After a successful run of European dates and a huge Rescue Rooms show last year, Cucumaras will be joining us. These guys are onto great things and with their new EP ‘Buck Rogers Time’ fresh out too, now’s a great time to catch them.
We’ve got even more straight from the capital, Nukuluk will be bringing their hip-hop based electronica. Their latest EP ‘SUPERGLUE’ has a genuinely authentic sound, with heavily sample based instrumentals and a great blend of vocals we’re really excited for this one. Mickey Castillo will be bringing a bit of a change of pace with his feel good synth-pop bangers. Festival sunshine, beers and synth… doesn’t get much better than that does it?
Our penultimate act is Amsterdam joy-rockers Personal Trainer. Last year they put out their excellent debut album ‘Big Love Blanket’, performing them in a way compatible to a lost tourist on a karaoke bender. Be here for this, it’ll be a stunning set late in the day.
Last up we’ve got High Vis delivering a sonically diverse set, with roots in hardcore that expand into a well rounded and exciting sound. Crowdsurfers, this one’s for you. A final shot of energy before the party truly begins.
Dot To Dot Festival 2023 is this Sunday! Tickets are still available now.
Check back later this week for our downstairs preview.
By Fin Heighton-Jupp.