[Dot to Dot 2013] Who we're excited to see...

A few weeks ago we took a trip to Leeds, Yorkshire to check out the fantastic day festival that takes place across the city, Live at Leeds. We had a fantastic day and you can check out what we got up to over here. This week though, as we've mentioned previously a few times, it's all about Dot to Dot festival which will be taking place across three cities in the UK. Bristol, Manchester and Nottingham on May 24th-26th will play host to a sea of bands across a range of venues in each city.

With is set to take part in the coming days we wanted to offer up who we'll definitely be heading to see and maybe sway you in the direction of a few bands we like too. If you make the jump you can check out our hot picks and look out for a full review and report of the days antics early next week. If you like the look of the line-up above why not jump over here to grab a ticket while you still can! Get involved over the weekend and tweet us @skoblog including the #D2DFEST hashtag.

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[News] Dot to Dot Festival 2013 Lineup

After announcing the first round of acts earlier in the year, in two weeks Dot to Dot festival will take place across the three cities of Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham on May 24th-26th. Last year's event saw the likes Willy Moon, Pulled Apart by Horses and Wavves grace the stage and this year is shaping up to wow punters just as much promising the biggest event to date.

See the above poster for the rather impressive full line-up. It seems some SKoA favourites will be gracing the stages with The 1975, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Hawk Eyes, Tom Odell, Findlay, Swim Deep and London Grammar all performing over the weekend.

Across the three cities, numerous venues will be taking part in the day festival and if you make the jump you can see which postcodes to put into your Google maps for the weekend!

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[News] Dot to Dot Festival announces first acts of 2013

Last year's Dot to Dot Festival was a raging success with the likes of Willy Moon, Pulled Apart by Horses and Waves bringing their noise to Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham. It's now a year on and the first round of acts for the 2013 event have just been announced and you're in for a treat if you're headed down this year. Dry The River, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Chapel Club, The 1975, Lucy Rose and a load more have been announced for the festival.

It takes place on the weekend of May 24th, 25th, and 26th in Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham respectively. I had an absolute blast at last year's Manchester date and hope to do the same again this year. Check out some of my thoughts here and check out the full lineup above in the poster. Tickets are only £20 so don't hang about, go and grab one ASAP.

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[Review] Dot 2 Dot Festival Manchester

A 4 day weekend. A rarity in anyone's yearly calendar, not this year if you're in the UK. Thanks to the Queen! God Save her and all that. What better way to spend part of it than at a must on the local gig calendar, Dot to Dot Manchester. It's is a funny event really taking place across three cities in total over three separate days. Manchester was the final stop for the bands who'd sweated their music into Nottingham and Bristol the previous two days. Manchester's gigs this year had introduced some new venues adding to previous years' fun times. Large venues like The Ritz and Sound Control were  staple but new kids on the block Zoo had been added to the mix making for a smaller more intimate feel at a few sets. It takes place across 5 venues all reasonably close together just off of Oxford Road right in the City centre, handy, Sound Control also had 3 levels which was an added bonus for ticket holders. Why? My main concern was going to be getting from place to place and then getting back into venues. What if they were too full? What if the stage I wanted to get to was unavailable?!

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[Dot to Dot Preview] Wavves

Earlier in the week we mentioned the return of Dot to Dot Festival along with a little tid-bit on the band Pulled Apart by Horses, who we will be making sure to check out over the weekend. In case you've forgotten, it takes place from June 2nd to 4th in Bristol, Nottingham and Manchester respectively.

Along with PABH we're pretty excited to check out Wavves. Nathan Williams will take to the UK bringing his surf punk with him and no doubt a fair bit of noise too. Although we've not had much in the shape of new material from Nathan since the release of the Life Sux EP late last year, the minimal approach to live shows should be something of a treat for the crowds at Dot to Dot. Check out a performance of "King of the Beach" from last year's Bonnaroo at the top to see what you could be enjoying.

If you're at the festival at any of the cities this weekend they'll be playing on the 2nd at Bristol's O2 Academy 1 at 8:30pm. In Nottingham they'll Jongleurs at 9pm (June 3rd), before finishing up on Monday, at Manchester's Sound Control Loft at 8:30pm. The full line up can be found here while the venue guide and set times for every other band are also up for your perusal here. Tickets are available for just £20!