What not to miss at Dot To Dot festival this weekend

The multi venue festival is taking over Bristol's city centre for a jam packed day of live music

This weekend, Dot To Dot festival returns to Bristol with another rather intriguing line up. Though you may not recognise many acts beyond headliners Sundara Karma, Amber Run, The Growlers, Louis Berry, Honeyblood and Pinegrove – part of the beauty of this event is its almost sixth-sense ability to programme acts right on the cusp of breaking through.

In previous years, Dot To Dot have helped put the likes of The XX, Jake Bugg, Mumford & Sons and Florence + The Machine on the map – so you can pretty much expect to end the weekend with some new found musical obsession.

In previous years, Dot To Dot have helped put the likes of The XX, Jake Bugg, Mumford & Sons and Florence + The Machine on the map

Dot To Dot is a multi-venue festival taking part across some of Bristol’s finest venues. You simply exchange your ticket for a wristband at the start of the day, and the world (Bristol) is your oyster.

By our count, they’ve packed in an insane 167 shows across 16 venues. So, if you’re unsure where to go and need some inspiration, here’s a few artists we’re particularly excited about:

11.00-11.30 – Thekla – Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation
This six-piece create the most hypnotic psychedelia, fronted by the enchanting Josefin Öhrn. They are now regularly heard on BBC Radio 6, and when we saw them support GOAT at SWX last year, we went straight home to download their magical album Mirage.

7.45-8.15 – HY-Brasil Music Club – Sondre Lerche
Since releasing his debut album Faces Down, Sondre has toured the world with stars like Elvis Costello and played to crowds at Albert Hall. To add the cherry on the top, he also scored the acclaimed original soundtrack for the Steve Carell’s 2007 hit movie Dan In Real Life, where Lerche also appeared in a cameo as himself.

20.15-21.00 – O2 Academy – Amber Run
Indie rock group Amber Run managed to land a slot on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading Festival as their fourth ever show back in 2013, going on to release their debut album 5am in 2015. They’ve recently finished a 13-date headline tour, celebrating their follow-up For a moment, I was lost. Check our our interview with Amber Run frontman Joe Keogh.

3.00-3.30 – The Louisiana – China Bowls
Lucie Bowles aka China Bowls was the first artist to be signed to local all-female youth record label Saffron Records. Singer songwriter and maker of sequinned capes, Lucie’s jazzy, soul-y, bluesy tunes feel beautifully nostalgic, with a delightfully feisty edge.

Visit the Dot to Dot website for the full lineup or view a festival map.

27 May – Dot to Dot festival, various venues


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