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DOT TO DOT 2017!

FIRST WAVE OF ARTISTS ANNOUNCED FOR DOT TO DOT FESTIVAL 2017!!

SUNDARA KARMA

AMBER RUN • THE GROWLERS

LOUIS BERRY • HONEYBLOOD • PINEGROVE CHERRY

GLAZERR • TOM GRENNAN • PICTURE THIS

ALASKALASKA • ALL WE ARE • ARDYN • BANFI • COSMO PYKE • CROOX • CUCKOOLANDER

EASY LIFE • FREAK • HEATERS • HORSE THIEF • KOLARS • LIV DAWSON • LOW ISLAND

NILÜFER YANYA • OVERCOATS • PARCELS • PAREKH & SINGH • REDFACES • SONNY

SWIMMING TAPES • TEN TONNES • TENDER • THE NIGHT CAFÉ • VAGABON • WILLIE J HEALEY

YELLOW DAYS • YONAKA

Manchester: Friday 26th May 2017

Bristol: Saturday 27th May 2017

Nottingham: Sunday 28th May 2017

www.dottodotfestival.co.uk

Winner of Best Festival at the Live UK Awards 2016

“Dot To Dot is proof that you don’t need to pitch a tent in a muddy field to get that festival feeling” The Independent

“With a stunning bill and venues within yards of one another we’ll leave you to join the dots” Clash

“Each place opens up all of their best venues to embrace these soon-to-be-huge acts and we all get to boast that we saw them up close before they were huge. The only real worries are the inevitable agonising clashes and where to begin.” Virtual Festivals

The UK’s premier festival for unearthing the best new talent, Dot To Dot Festival, returns to Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham from the 26th-28th May for its 12th edition. After smashing record attendance, and marking a sell-out Manchester event in 2016, more of the same is expected for 2017, with a huge lineup of established performers and emerging artists from around the world.

With many exciting announcements to follow, Dot To Dot, are ecstatic to announce the first wave of artists to play this year’s festival:

Euphoric guitar rock supremoes SUNDARA KARMA will return to the Dot To Dot stage, this time as festival headliners! Their meteoric rise and epic debut album came as no surprise to anybody who have seen these guys at Dot To Dot before. With stage presence in abundance, and a plethora of huge songs such as ‘Flame’, ‘Loveblood’ and ‘She Said’, Sundara Karma embody everything Dot To Dot stands for and we can’t wait to see them own the headline slot.

Joining them will be more Dot To Dot legends, in the form of Nottingham’s own AMBER RUN. Their scintillating second album just dropped after a year in the studio, and we couldn’t be happier for their return. Californian rockers THE GROWLERS also join the party, after their latest album ‘City Club’, produced by The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, took the UK by storm when it was released last year.

After a memorable performance in 2015, high octane Scottish duo HONEYBLOOD, have also been confirmed to return. With their blend of Americana influenced, emo-tinged indie rock PINEGROVE are crossing the Atlantic for this year’s Dot To Dot. LOUIS BERRY will be stamping his own brand of Merseyside rock ‘n’ roll on this year’s festival. We’ll also be treated to sets by much-hyped LA 3-piece CHERRY GLAZERR, Irish chart-toppers PICTURE THIS and BBC Sound Of 2017 shortlisted vocalist TOM GRENNAN.

The first wave announcement also includes: ALASKALASKA, ALL WE ARE, ARDYN, BANFI, COSMO PYKE, CROOX, CUCKOOLANDER, EASY LIFE, FREAK, HEATERS, HORSE THIEF, KOLARS, LIV DAWSON, LOW ISLAND, NILÜFER YANYA, OVERCOATS, PARCELS, PAREKH & SINGH, REDFACES, SONNY, SWIMMING TAPES, TEN TONNES, TENDER, THE NIGHT CAFÉ, VAGABON, WILLIE J HEALEY, YELLOW DAYS and YONAKA.

Dot To Dot Organiser Anton Lockwood, of DHP Family, said: “After our record breaking festival in 2016 we are so excited to bring the festival back to Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham this year! We are always proud to see so many previous Dot To Dot artists become huge successes, with Sundara Karma working their way up the ranks to headline this year’s event. We pride ourselves on finding & nurturing new artists, we can’t wait to see the stars of the future playing in small venues this year before their big breaks. This first announcement is only the tip of the iceberg, and there are loads more phenomenal performers still to be announced across multiple venues very soon!”

Previous Dot to Dot line-ups have seen performances from The xx, Ed Sheeran, Mumford and Sons, The 1975, Frank Turner, Caribou, Wolf Alice, Jake Bugg, SBTKRT, Florence + The Machine, Peace, Courtney Barnett 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 2017 line-up. Make sure you keep checking www.dottodotfestival.co.uk for all the latest news and ticket info. Also subscribe to our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat to keep yourself in the loop for all things Dot To Dot. Tickets are priced from £12 and available now through www.alttickets.com

NEWS FROM THE FALLEN STATE!

The Fallen State Announce Their New EP ‘The View from Ruin’ and Premiere Video Single ‘Nova’

The Fallen State announce their new EP ‘The View from Ruin’ will be released ‪24th February 2017‬ Following on from their four critically-acclaimed, well-played and received previous EPs (I, II, III, and ‘Crown Your Shadows)’, ‘The View from Ruin’ is eagerly awaited by fans, will be an excellent addition to the band’s repertoire, and is accompanied by a striking, recently-shot video for the single track, ‘Nova’ released ‪13thFebruary 2017‬.‬‬

The Fallen State combines the exuberant, soulful voice of singer Ben Stenning, the artful expressive phrasing of lead six-stringer Jon Price, and Dan Oke’s inspired harmonic wall of warm, contemporary rock guitars. Into this fusion of talent, the band adds grooving, ruthless rhythms, courtesy of bassist Greg Butler and drummer Rich Walker, with his punchy snare and cymbals. It’s a kickass recipe for rock success which creates infectious, energetic, body-rocking songs that leave crowds hungry for more.

"The View From Ruin is without a doubt the product of maturity in our song writing. It's the collaboration of every band member having an influence and highlights the drive and togetherness within our band. As a whole it represents everything we have experience so far, and we're beyond excited to show it to the world." says Ben Stenning. Guitarist Jon Price adds “"Nova is probably the most heartfelt song we have written to date. Members of the band have experienced loss in a deep way over the past few years. We hope the story of Nova will resonate with the fans and they will identify with the overall positive aspect of the song, as well as the sad elements seen in the video”

Check out the new video single Nova - https://youtu.be/l7e5AnevG1A

It’s a testimony to the band’s killer combo of passion and craft that The Fallen State has developed an impressive reputation, with their stylish take on the musical legacies of both sides of the Atlantic. They’ve already released four EPs, and with ‘The View from Ruin’ will add the fifth. They’ve also achieved video and radio airplay of ‘Sinner’ on Scuzz, the BBC, Teamrock, and Kerrang. Passionate performers, they live for the live show and sell out shows with their modern, incisive, inspiring performances. The band has also toured with Black Stone Cherry, 3 Doors Down and US Grammy winners Halestorm; not to mention artists such as Trapt and fellow UK rockers The Treatment, Young Guns, and Heavens Basement.

The Fallen State is rising, with the ‘The View from Ruin’ tracks (including ‘Nova’) being awesome additions to their playlist and their accompanying ‘The View from Ruin’ tour delivering hi-octane, groove-ridden, rock n’ roll to a venue near you and have recently announced they will be playing at Wildfire Fest, Rambin’ Man Fair and Amplified Festival.

ANTHRAX NEED YOU!

The mighty ANTHRAX kick off their tour tonight, and will be HERE on Monday!!

They'll be playing their classic 1987 album 'Among The Living' in full during the first half of their set to mark its 30th anniversary. Now they’re giving you the chance to choose the material for the second half of the shows!!l

Check out the ‘by request’ section on their website with a list of 44 tracks. Choose your 10 favourites, and the songs that receive the most votes will be part of the live set.

VOTE FOR THE SONGS YOU WANT TO HEAR AT http://anthrax.com/setlist-vote/

Anthrax are going to be keeping an eye on the votes, so sets on each night of the tour could change!! The list includes the tracks Armed And Dangerous, Madhouse, Gung-Ho, Schism, Antisocial, Belly Of The Beast and Evil Twin.

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian recently told Metal Hammer that the current political climate would result in “a lot of great heavy music” over the next four years. He continued: “Political unrest is great for art. The Big Four came out of the Reagan era in the States. The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal came out of the Thatcher era, if I’m not mistaken. So with Trump and the political climate in the world right now, it should definitely be great for heavy music. “There are tons of creative bands and the scene is strong and healthy. Will there ever be another Iron Maiden or Metallica? Maybe not in our lifetimes – but I remember people having the same conversation 10 years ago, and then over those 10 years a bunch of cool new bands have come out. I think we’ll all be fine.”

NEW TAKING BACK SUNDAY VIDEO!

Yes music fans, today emo rockers TAKING BACK SUNDAY release 'Call Come Running', their follow up video to 'Can't Look Back' where we get to follow frontman Adam Lazarra as he drives off, bruised and bloodied. Check out the beautifully shot slow-mo fest below!

Tix are still available for their show at our place via http://www.alttickets.com/taking-back-sunday-tickets

More info:

TAKING BACK SUNDAY have debuted their music video for “Call Come Running” via PAPER MAGAZINE. Featured on the band’s seventh studio album TIDAL WAVE which debuted at #8 on the iTunes chart, the video, directed by Djay Brawner, is a loose sequel to the previous video for “You Can’t Look Back” which found vocalist Adam Lazzara suffering from an unidentified bloody affliction. Fans will be excited to see several special cameos in the new video, including Lazzara’s father.

Proving to be "the most personal video yet for frontman Adam Lazzara," Paper Magazine reports, "A story of renewal and rebirth, that ends with a shot of Lazzara reemerging from a body of water to meet his (again, actual) family, it mirrors the album's foray into themes of growing, adulthood and building families -- a far cry from much of the rest of the band's 18 years-worth of material."

The band is gearing up for a UK and European tour with Frank lero and the Patience kicking off February 11 in Belfast. Shortly after, the band will be making their way down under to Australia and New Zealand, with Acceptance opening during the Australia dates [March 15 - 23]. On March 26, the band will be making a stop in Hawaii at The Republik.

In May, Taking Back Sunday will be tackling the U.S. festival circuit at Rocklahoma, Rock On the Range, Carolina Rebellion, and the Bud Light River City Rockfest in San Antonio, TX. Taking Back Sunday is Adam Lazzara (vocals), John Nolan (guitars, vocals), Eddie Reyes (guitars), Shaun Cooper (bass), and Mark O’Connell (drums). TIDAL WAVE was released via Hopeless Records in 2016 and was produced by Mike Sapone (O'Brother, Mansions) in Charlotte, NC and mixed by Claudius Mittendorpher (Weezer, Drowners, Ra Ra Riot).

Bear's Den Support!!

We're pleased to say that the excellent BANFI will be here to support Bear's Den in March!! Their spiky pop tunes will be go down well on our main stage :) :)

Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/2jUlgFt