Dot to Dot gears up for anniversary edition

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Nottingham’s Dot to Dot festival is set to celebrate its 10th birthday next weekend as it welcomes its biggest line-up to date.

Local lad Saint Raymond, who releases his debut album in June, tops a bill that includes a host of international, national and fellow, home grown Nottingham talent.

The likes of Amber Run, Ady Suleiman, and Kagoule join California lo-fi rock duo Best Coast, BBC Sound of 2015 longlisted singer-songwriter Rae Morris, snarling Londoners Fat White Family, and Irish folk pop pairing Hudson Taylor for 14 hours of live music across the city’s best venues.

Rock City, Rescue Rooms, Stealth and Nottingham Trent’s Student Union host the bulk of the action, whilst there are number of pop up stages across the city’s bars, clubs and shops- with recently opened Rough Trade Records and Red’s True BBQ joining the party this year.

Best Coast play Trent's student union
Best Coast play Trent’s student union

Dot to Dot’s line-up also features Blur drummer and XFM DJ Dave Rowntree who plays an after-hours DJ set in Rescue Rooms, whilst Welsh rockers Pretty Vicious, rising star Daisy Victoria and Brighton soul/blues singer Rag’n’Bone Man are one’s to watch lower down the bill.

The one-day indoor fest, which started solely in Nottingham before expanding to Manchester and Bristol, has been a platform for emerging artists to showcase their talents for the past decade.

Artists to have played the award winning festival include Ed Sheeran, Disclosure, Foals, Laura Marling and The XX, who have all gone on to release critically acclaimed albums, top festival bills or, in Sheeran’s case, headline Wembley Stadium.

Anton Lockwood, director of promotions at DHP family, said: “Often Dot to Dot is the biggest show an artist has played at this stage, and many artists talk about it being a pivotal moment in their live careers.

“Nottingham, Manchester and Bristol have musically receptive audiences as well as loads of great venues in close proximity. As DHP Family already has a strong presence in promoting concerts in this cities, as well as owning several venues, we’re able to put together a great offer for artists and the festival goer.”

Tickets for Dot to Dot are still available and cost £25 + booking fee. To buy tickets, or to view the whole line-up including set times, visit

Tickets are also available from NTSU’s box office.