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Dry The River // Benjamin Francis Leftwich // Lucy Rose // The 1975 // Chapel Club // Little Green Cars // Wave Machines // MØ // Wolf Alice // Bo Ningen // PINS // Teleman // Golden Fable // Only Real // Black Books // SKATERS // Satellite Stories // Night Engine // Gavin James // The Bots // Story Books

Now in its ninth year, Dot To Dot Festival is established as the UKs best festival for unearthing the hottest new talent around, alongside established acts from all over the globe. Touring Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham, three of the UKs more savvy music cities, from the 24th to the 26th May, Dot To Dot’s ever eclectic line-up, crossing numerous genres is set for its biggest and best year to date.

Dot To Dot Organiser Anton Lockwood (Of DHP Group) said: ‘At Dot to Dot Festival we pride ourselves on bringing you the very best in emerging talent. 2013 is set to be no exception with Dry the River, Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Lucy Rose leading the charge. Stay tuned for many, many more exciting artists to be announced.’

First up for line-up announcements is Dry The River. With their critically acclaimed record ‘Shallow Bed’ the Stratford-based five-piece produced one of 2012’s greatest bodies of work and played countless sold-out gigs throughout the UK. They are set to work on their new record and will surely be one of the highlights of this year’s festival. One of the events finest acts in 2011 makes a welcome return in the shape of Benjamin Francis Leftwich. The singer-songwriter delivered one of the most intense performances in Dot to Dot history. Darling of the NME and Radio 1 Lucy Rose also joins the bill. The indie-folk starlet has wowed crowds all over with her finely crafted, emotive songs that reveal a unique talent for storytelling.

With a sold-out UK tour under their belt recently a band on everyone’s lips are The 1975. Radio 1 A-listers are riding a wave of success spear-headed by the massive single ‘Chocolate’. They are joined by the return of pop noir five-piece Chapel Club. Little Green Cars are one of the most exciting acts from the BBC Sound of 2013 poll and their live performances have drawn heavy-praise from The Guardian, NME and more. Critically acclaimed electronic, pop-funk act Wave Machines have created one of the albums of the year in debut ‘Pollen’ and are an exciting addition to the festival. London-based acid punk band Bo Ningen will also be bringing their incredible live show to the proceedings. Danish sensation MØ is certainly not to be missed. Her layered, gloomy output has had music journalists falling over themselves to sing her praises. Another hyped band on the first wave of acts is Wolf Alice, whose shoegaze inspired songs have received avid support from Huw Stephens amongst others.

Some of the other rising-stars on the bill are New York City’s best new indie band SKATERS, Irish folk-popster Gavin James, hotly-tipped post-punk act Night Engine, Finnish upstarts Satellite Stories, Marc Riley-championed indie band Teleman, brooding Bella Union-signed four-piece PINS, Californian punks The Bots alternative-indie band Story Books and folk duo Golden Fable.

Previous Dot to Dot line-ups have seen performances from The xx, Mumford and Sons, Florence and the Machine, Beach House, Jake Bugg, SBTRKT, Ed Sheeran, Laura Marling, Wild Beasts, The Cribs and many, many more. With the emphasis on showcasing the hottest new talent on the planet there will be lots more exciting additions to be announced for Dot To Dot’s 2013 line-up. Make sure you keep checking the website


Tickets are now on-sale at £20